- John Nathan
John Nathan (born
1940) is the translator of Japanese works written by celebrated authors such as Yukio Mishimaand Kenzaburo Oe. He is also an Emmy-award winning director of several documentaries and author of numerous works on Japan.
After graduating from
Harvard University, he visited Japan and studied at University of Tokyo. He is presently the Takashima Professor of Japanese Cultural Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches at least one class a year in the College of Creative Studies.
John Nathan's fields include Japanese culture, Japanese literature, Japanese cinema, the theory and practice of translation, and the sociology of business culture. The first American to be admitted as a regular student to the University of Tokyo, he spent many years living and studying in Japan. He is the author of a definitive biography of novelist
Yukio Mishimaand he has also translated novels by Mishima and by Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe. When Oe received the Nobel Prize in 1994, Nathan accompanied him to Stockholm. Nathan is also an Emmy-award winning producer, writer and director of many films about Japanese culture and society and American business.
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea" by Yukio Mishima
A Personal Matter" by Kenzaburo Oe
Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age!" by Kenzaburo Oe
Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness" by Kenzaburo Oe
* "" (1974)
* "" (1999)
* "" (2004)
Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere" (autobiography -- New York: Free Press. March 2008)
* "Tokyo Story: A Profile of Shintaro Ishihara." The New Yorker, April 9, 2001.
* Words, Ideas, and Ambiguities: Four Perspectives on Translating from the Japanese. Howard Hibbett, Edwin McClellan, John Nathan and Edward Seidensticker. Chicago, Ill.: Imprint Publications, 2000.
* "Kenzaburo Oe: Mapping the Land of Dreams." Japan Quarterly 42(1), January-March, 1995.
* "The Japanese, A Film Trilogy: Full Moon Lunch, The Blind Swordsman, Farm Song" (1979)
* "The Colonel Goes to Japan" (1982,
Emmy Award) - A film about KFCin Japan.
* "Daimyo" (1988)
* The Japanese, A Film Trilogy: Full Moon Lunch, The Blind Swordsman, Farm Song, 1979.
* [http://colinmarshall.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=322071 An interview with John Nathan] on "
The Marketplace of Ideas"
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