Mark Schilling set off for Japan in 1975 to immerse himself in the culture, learn the language, and haunt the theaters. He has been there ever since. In 1989 he became a regular film reviewer for the Japan Times, and has written on Japanese film for a variety of other publications, including Screen International, the Japan edition of Premier, the Asian edition of Newsweek, Asian Wall Street Journal, Japan Quarterly, Winds, Cinemaya, and Kinema Jumpo.
"Japanese pop culture is the beta version of twenty-first century
American pop culture. Mark Schilling's encyclopedia is an
invaluable guide to a rich but labyrinthine subject. I use it not
to look up what I don't know, but to find out what I should
know."-Roger Ebert, movie critic
"Over seventy entries cover Japanese popular culture from 1945 to the present, covering music, comedy, fads, popular media, and all aspects which have fueled Japanese popular concerns over the decades. This does more than create listings of movements: it provides the historical references and connections essential to understanding how these interests developed."- Midwest Book Review