Historian, writer, Japanophile
- Winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards Rheidol Prize in 2020
- Shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Prize in 2018
- Shortlisted for the London Magazine Essay Prize in 2017
Creative and Journalism
Knights in White Lycra: Why a group of foreigners and Japanese bicycle to Fukushima every year – and what this says about charitable giving in Japan, in Conquista, Issue 25, December 2020.
In Conversation with Helen Smith, author of The Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett, in Hinterland, Issue 6, Autumn 2020.
The Transplantable Roots of Catharine Huws Nagashima in the New Welsh Reader, #124, Autumn 2020.
An Artist of the Floating World in Hinterland, Issue 1, Spring 2019.
Japan Bookshop Buzz in the Manchester Review, February 2019.
Strictly Belly Dance in Words and Women Three.
The British bakery that’s big in Japan, The Telegraph, 19 December 2015.
‘Rent a Vicar’ in UEA Anthology 2014 Non-Fiction.
Beyond Sushi: the attractions of lecturing in Japan, Times Higher Education, 14 November 2013
An Overview of English-language Literature Study in Japan, Lit Matters: the Liberlit Journal of Teaching Literature, May 2016
Issues in Cross-Cultural Interviewing, in Perks and Thomson, The Oral History Reader, 3rd edition, Routledge, November 2015.
A Look at Students’ Study Abroad Experiences through their Essays, Journal of Bunkyo Gakuin University, Volume 11, 2011
“English makes me act in a different way”: To what extent can a change of language affect speech and behaviour?, The Language Teacher, Issue 35.3, May 2011
Japanese Women Residents in England: Adventures and Misadventures in a Foreign Culture, Sietar Japan Newsletter, Spring Issue 2011
The Ivory Tower and the Waiting Circle: Why British and Japanese Universities have declined in the 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Journal of Bunkyo Gakuin University, Volume 10, Spring 2011
Code-switching in Cross-cultural Interviewing: How modern Japanese Women utilize English to express issues of Hierarchy, Gender and Power, Journal of Bunkyo Gakuin University, Volume 9, 2009
Itakura, Burton, Onohara, 映画でわかるイギリス文化入門, Eiga de wakaru Igirisu Bunka Nyuumon, (Introduction to British Cultural Studies through Movies), Shohakusha, 2007 (Japanese language publication)
Okumura, Burton, Itakura, 映画でわかるアメリカ文化入門, Eiga de wakaru Amerika Bunka Nyuumon, (Introduction to American Cultural Studies through Movies), Shohakusha, 2007 (Japanese language publication)
Issues in Cross-Cultural Interviewing, in Perks and Thomson, The Oral History Reader, 2nd edition, Routledge, April 2006
Interviews with Female Japanese Study Abroad Students in England, in the NUCB Journal of Language, Culture and Communication, Volume 6, Number 1, May 2004
Japanese Women Residents in England: A Methodological and Cultural Study, DPhil thesis no: DX225943, University of Sussex, June 2003.Open Access: available online from the British Library.
Issues in Cross-Cultural Interviewing, the Oral History Journal (UK), Volume 31, No 1, Spring 2003
Co-editor and interviewer for Millennium Milestone: Celebrations of the 20th Century (2000), a Help the Aged/ Millennium Award publication funded by the National Lottery
A Century of Transnationalism: Immigrants and their Homeland Connections, by Nancy Green & Roger Waldinger eds, University of Illinois Press, 292pp, £25.99, ISBN 9780252081903. Reviewed in Review31.co.uk
Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics, by Casey Brienza, Bloomsbury, 2016, 232pp, £17.99, ISBN 9781472595874. Reviewed in Review31.co.uk
Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies, by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit, in the NUCB Journal of Language, Culture and Communication, Volume 7, No 1, May 2005