Gavin Campbell received a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and came to Kyoto in 2001 to take his current position as tenured university professor of history, religious studies, and American Studies. Since 2016 he is also Fellow at Harvard's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. His teaching and research revolve around Japan's cultural encounters with the West, particularly during the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods (1600-1940), and he has published on the history of foreign tourism and of Protestant missionaries in Japan. To further explore Japan's global cultural encounters, he is currently writing a book on the history of Japanese menswear from the 1600s through the early 20th century. He enjoys reading, spending time with his family, and exploring with clients Kyoto's endlessly fascinating culture and history.
Alexander Bazes, originally from New York, has lived in Kyoto for 6 years. After finishing his BA in East Asian studies at Brown University he went on to take a master’s degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on pre-modern Japanese Buddhism. In early 2012, he began training in the craft of Japanese knife making, which he is pursuing full-time. Passionate about Japanese craftsmanship and culture, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with others.
Alejandro is an architect specialized in architectural history and heritage conservation, living and working both in Spain and Japan. Since his move to Tokyo in 2010, he has been researching the Japanese philosophy for the conservation of wooden monuments. He completed his MA at the University of Tokyo in 2013 and is now working on his doctoral thesis. His main interests are traditional Japanese architecture and design, Japanese history, and urban history. Under the appearance of a modern metropolis, the authentic city of Tokyo lies on centuries of history and tradition. He enjoys helping others discover this during their visit to Tokyo.
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