Writer/editor born in Kagawa, and currently based in Tokyo, Kagawa and Kyoto. Majored in Art Studies at Meiji Gakuin University, Graduate School of Arts and Letters. Has been active as an editor, writer, checker and transcriber mainly for art-related books and magazines, as well as for online publications, catalogues, etc. Is presently in charge of coordination, composition, research and writing for the serial columns “Masamichi Toyama + Yoshio Suzuki ‘Kyo mo art no hanashi o shiyou (Let’s talk about art again today)’” and “Ayaka Wada’s ‘Art ni muchu! (Absorbed in art!)’” in the application version of Pia.
Photographer. While continuing to traverse the boundary between art and documentary with large-format photographs (such as 8×10) projecting unique images on topical subjects, in recent years he has been focusing on the distinctive landscapes of polar regions in Alaska and Iceland, photographing glaciers, pipelines, and “gold rush” related motifs. Received the Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan in 2004, and a fellowship for overseas study from the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2011. The photo book Pipeline Iceland / Alaska(Kodansha, 2013), a compilation of early works, won the Higashikawa New Photographer Award in 2014. He also won the Steidl Book Award Japan in 2016 and will publish his new book Gold Rush Alaska from Steidl, Germany, later in 2018.
Kyoko Iwaki is a JSPS Post-Doctoral researcher affiliated with Waseda University. Currently, she is also a part-time lecturer at Chuo University. Kyoko obtained a PhD in Theatre from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2017. After her completion of PhD, she became a Visiting Scholar at The Segal Center, The City University of New York. Kyoko is a specialist in Japanese contemporary theatre, who conducts research at the intersection of sociology, performance studies, critical theory, post-colonial studies, new materialism and animal studies. For the past fifteen years, she has worked also as a theatre journalist, contributing to media outlets such as Asahi Shimbun Newspaper. In 2015, she was appointed the Chief Director of Scene/Asia project: a pan-Asian researcher’s platform consisted of partners from five Asian regions. Her publications include, Japanese Theatre Today: Theatrical Imaginations of Eight Contemporary Practitioners (Tokyo: Film Art Publishing, 2018 in Japanese).She has also contributed a chapter (chapters) to Fukushima and the Arts: Negotiating Nuclear Disaster(London, Routledge, 2016) and A History of Japanese Theatre(Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Toshiro Inaba, M.D., Ph.D. Born in Kumamoto in 1979. Cardiologist and Assistant Professor at the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine of the University of Tokyo Hospital from 2014 to 2020. Since April 2020, holds the roles of Head of the Department of General Medicine at Karuizawa Municipal Hospital, Associate Professor at the Shinshu University Research Center for Social Systems, Visiting Researcher at the University of Tokyo Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, and Visiting Professor at the Tohoku University of Art and Design. Inaba was also appointed Artistic Director of the 2020 Yamagata Biennale, and is involved in home medical care and mountain medicine. He engages in active discussion with professionals in a wide range of fields in order to bring about new medical and social solutions. His publications include “Inochi o Yobisamasu Mono” (Anonima Studio), “Korokoro Suru Karada” (Shunjusha), and “Karada to Kokoro no Kenkogaku” (NHK Publishing). Website: https://www.toshiroinaba.com/
Born in 1987, Yutaro Iijima is a German-to-Japanese literary translator. Having previously worked for a publisher, he is currently a Ph.D. student at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Letters. His translations include Thomas Bernhard’s Amras (co-translated with Motoi Hatsumi, published by Kawade Shobo).