Toshiyuki Ohwada is a Professor of American Studies at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. He is the author of On American Music: From Minstrel Show, Blues to Hip Hop (in Japanese), awarded the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities (Literary and Art Criticism) in 2011. His research interests include popular music studies, Japanese and American popular music, Afro Asia, and he also writes about literature and film on both sides of the Pacific. He has co-authored three books on hip hop (Cultural Studies of Hip Hop, Vol. 1, 2, 3 Simplified Chinese Translation published June 2020) and a book on music in Haruki Murakami’s works (100 Songs of Haruki Murakami, Korean Translation February 2019, Simplified Chinese Translation October 2019). During his stay at Harvard-Yenching Institute, he will be conducting research on the resurgence of “City Pop” in Asia and the West, and will be working on a monograph on Yellow Magic Orchestra’s eponymous first album.