Benjamin Boas


Benjamin is author of two books on Japanese culture and English education published by Shogakukan.  


Cool Japan

Benjamin currently serves as Cool Japan Ambassador as a part of the Japanese Cabinet Office’s "Cool Japan" strategy in addition to acting as Tourism Ambassador for Tokyo's Nakano Ward. Benjamin also participates as a commentator on Japanese television, including NHK programs Tokyo Eye 2020 and Journeys in Japan.

Originally hailing from the New York area, Benjamin first moved to Japan on a Fulbright Fellowship after graduating from Brown University.


Academic & Speaker

After graduating from Brown University, Benjamin studied at Kyoto University on a Fulbright Fellowship and has held research positions focusing on the anthropology of leisure in Japan at the University of Tokyo, Osaka University of Commerce and Keio University.

He has organized cultural experiences in Japan for clients including the Harvard Club of Japan, Pasona Group, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In 2014, Japan Women's University recognized Benjamin for arranging an intensive Zen research project for Professor William Hanks of University of California, Berkeley.

Benjamin has spoken to audiences of business people, academics and students on a wide variety of topics related to Japanese culture and society, cross-cultural communication, and tourism policy.


Writer & Editor

An accomplished writer, translator and editor of English and Japanese since 2008, he has worked with renowned publishers including Kawai Juku, Shogakukan, Tokyo University, and Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has also contributed writings for popular media such as Netflix, Studio Ghibli, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Metropolis Magazine, The Japan Times, and TimeOut Tokyo.