Essays, Literary Journalism, Narrative Nonfiction, True Tales

Kibo no Bokujyo

The Rancher Who Refused to Leave: A Fukushima Story 

This essay about Masami Yoshizawa, a cattle rancher whose land is located near the Daiichi Nuclear Power in Namie Town, first appeared on Catapult in June 2017: 

Ishinomaki no Katsudo

The Sad March of the Japanese Left

This piece of reportage centers around an anti-nuclear protest in Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture, which took place in the summer of 2015. The piece first appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books website in May 2017.


A Colossal Swell

This essay focuses on Keitaro Matsumoto, a stylist in Kamaishi City, who was stranded on the room of his building when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Northeast Japan on March 11, 2011. It appeared in the Fall 2014-15 issue of Ninth Letter.


Short Stories, Flash Fiction, Lies