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Benjamin Boas

Translator / Author in Tokyo Japan

Benjamin Boas has been using chopsticks and playing video games from the tender young age of 4. He is one of the only foreigners to publish a manga in Japan, titled "Everything I Know About Japan I Learned From Comics and Video Games" (Shogakukan, 2015). 

Benjamin has studied at institutions including Brown University, Kyoto University, The University of Tokyo, and Yoshinkan Aikido Hombu Dojo where he trained with Japanese policemen for one year. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a MEXT Fellowship, and a 2nd degree black belt. He is currently a visiting researcher at Keio University and works as a freelance translator and editor. 

Benjamin enjoys reading manga, watching anime, playing games, aikido, zazen, balancing objects on umbrellas, flying trapeze, and growing shiitake mushrooms. 

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What's 'Cool Japan'?

@ VOL 124 ON APR 22, 2015

最近よく聞く「Cool Japan / クールジャパン」って何でしょう?子供の時から漫画やアニメ、テレビゲームなど日本のサブカルチャーにハマり、日本人以上に日本人らしいアメリカ人のBenjamin Boas(ベンジャミン・ボアス)さんが、自身の体験からクールジャパンを熱く語ります!

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Nakano: Tokyo’s East Village

@ VOL 132 ON JAN 27, 2016

"Nakano is a place where you can be yourself, where you can do things your own way."

In Nakano: Tokyo’s East Village from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 132, repeat presenter and crowd favorite, Japanophile Extraordinaire Benjamin Boas takes the stage as the newly anointed "Nakano Ambassador”, championing one of Tokyo's more eccentric neighborhoods. Adding the title to an already long list of accolades including being the only foreigners to publish a manga in Japan, titled "Everything I Know About Japan I Learned From Comics and Video Games", here he give us a deeper perspective on the charms of this illustrious Tokyo ward.

Benjamin Boasさんは、4歳の時から箸を使いビデオゲームで遊んできた大の親日家。昨年は小学館から著書『日本のことは、マンガとゲームで学びました。』を出版され、PKN Vol. 122でもプレゼンテーションされました。昨秋に中野区観光大使に就任し、2回目のPKN出演となる今回は、その中野区のディープな魅力をたっぷり紹介していただきます。Benjaminさんの熱い中野愛に魅了され、月末は皆さんきっと中央線に乗ることになるでしょう。お出かけ前に、PKNで中野情報をしっかりインプットしてください!

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 29th, 2016. 

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Tokyo @ SuperDeluxe
Jan 27, 2016

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Tokyo @ SuperDeluxe
Apr 22, 2015