Dr. Hirokazu Toeda is Professor at the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University. His research focuses on the process of production, modification and canonization of the literary works and literati becoming well known cultural figures, in relation with the development of publishing/visual media during the 1920s to 1960s. He has also been researching the literary production under censorship during the U.S. Occupation period. In ALC he teaches graduate seminar on media, urban space and literary text in modern Japan. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Toeda enjoys cooking and exploring good local restaurants.