Basil Hall Chamberlain ( 18 October 1850– 15 February 1935), was a professor of Tokyo Imperial University and one of the foremost British Japanologists active in Japan during the late 19th century. (Others included E. M. Satow and W. G. Aston.) He also wrote some of the earliest translations of haiku into English. He is perhaps best remembered for his informal and popular one-volume encyclopedia Things Japanese, which first appeared in 1890 and which he revised several times thereafter. His interests were diverse, and his works included a volume of poetry in French. ...more on Wikipedia about "Basil Hall Chamberlain"
Donald Lawrence Keene is a noted Japanologist, scholar, teacher, writer, translator and interpreter of Japanese literature and culture. ...more on Wikipedia about "Donald Keene"
Edward G. Seidensticker (born February 11 1921, in Castle Rock, Colorado) is a noted scholar and translator of Japanese literature, particularly known for his accurate English version of The Tale of Genji (1976) and for his landmark translations of Yasunari Kawabata, which led to Kawabata's winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968. Seidensticker received the National Book Award for Translation in 1970 for his translation of Kawabata's The Sound of the Mountain. He has also written widely on Japan, including a two-volume history of Tokyo, Low City, High City: Tokyo from Edo to the Earthquake and Tokyo Rising: The City Since the Great Earthquake. He taught at Stanford, the University of Michigan, and Columbia until his retirement in 1985. He divides his time between Honolulu and Tokyo. ...more on Wikipedia about "Edward Seidensticker"
Edwin Oldfather Reischauer ( October 15, 1910– September 1, 1990) was the Tokyo-born U.S. ambassador to Japan (1961–66) and the co-developer, with George M. McCune, of the McCune-Reischauer romanization of Korean. ...more on Wikipedia about "Edwin O. Reischauer"
Engelbert Kaempfer ( September 16, 1651 – November 2, 1716) was a German traveller and physician. ...more on Wikipedia about "Engelbert Kaempfer"
The Right Honourable Sir Ernest Mason Satow GCMG, ( June 30, 1843 - August 26, 1929) was a British scholar- diplomat born to an ethnically Sorbian-German father (Hans David Christoph Satow, born in Wismar, then under Swedish rule, naturalised British in 1846) and an English mother (Margaret, nee Mason) in Clapton, North London. He was educated at Mill Hill School and University College London (UCL).
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Sir Hugh Cortazzi GCMG retired after four years service as British ambassador to Japan in 1984, but has since been a leading scholar and promoter of better relations between Britain and Japan. He has written and edited many books on the history of Anglo-Japanese relations and Japanese history. He also writes a regular column in the Japan Times. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hugh Cortazzi"
The Reverend Dr James Curtis Hepburn ( 13 March 1815– 11 June 1911) was born in Milton, Pennsylvania. He attended Princeton and Pennsylvania universities and became a doctor. He decided to go to China as a medical missionary but had to stay in Singapore for a year as the Chinese ports were closed to foreigners. After five years as a missionary he returned to the United States (in 1845) and opened a medical practice in New York City. ...more on Wikipedia about "James Curtis Hepburn"
Linda Nancy Andrew ( August 17, 1947 - November 29, 1998), was the English-language translator of Japanese author Ryū Murakami's highly-acclaimed novel, Almost Transparent Blue (Kagirinaku tōmei ni chikai burū 限りなく透明に近いブルー), which won the Akutagawa Prize in 1976. ...more on Wikipedia about "Nancy Andrew"
Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold ( February 17, 1796 in Würzburg - October 18, 1866 in Munich) was a German physician. He emerged as the first European to teach Western medicine in Japan. He obtained significance for his study of Japanese flora and fauna that were endemic to the unique biotic island landscape. ...more on Wikipedia about "Philipp Franz von Siebold"
Ruth Benedict (née Fulton) ( June 6, 1887 – September 17, 1948) was an American anthropologist. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ruth Benedict"
Dr. Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann (born January 23, 1955 in Berlin) is a German Member of the European Parliament. She was elected on the PDS ticket and sits with the European United Left - Nordic Green Left group. ...more on Wikipedia about "Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann"
William George Aston ( 1841- 1911) was a British consular official in Japan. ...more on Wikipedia about "William George Aston"
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