Work: My term as Dean of J. F. Oberlin University's College of Global Communication ended on March 31, 2018 and I am now teaching again for the first time in two years.
Photos: Last summer I went to Oregon to observe and photograph the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. Weather and other conditions were perfect and the view was magnificent. (This contrasts with the annular eclipse of May 21, 2012, which in Tokyo was largely obscured by clouds.) I also got some good pictures in Tokyo of the total lunar eclipse of January 31, 2018.
Book: My most recent book is Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands: From Prehistory to the Present, co-edited with Philip C. Brown of The Ohio State University and published by Oregon State University Press in 2015.