PEAK Staff Profile

Yujin Yaguchi, PhD (College of William and Mary)
Professor – Japan in East Asia

Contact : yaguchi[at]


Yujin Yaguchi I was born and raised in Sapporo, in the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan. I like everything about Hokkaido, including its professional baseball team, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. I left Sapporo when I was 20 years-old to attend Goshen College, a small Mennonite liberal arts college in northern Indiana (USA), where I completed a BA in English literature. After graduation, I worked for a Japanese company in Indiana for one year. I then decided to pursue my interest in American Studies, an interdisciplinary approach to understanding American society, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. I returned to Japan and taught at Hokkaido University before moving to the University of Tokyo in 1998. Since then, I have been teaching English language, American Studies, and cultural studies to undergraduate and graduate students at Komaba campus. I work with students with a wide variety of interests, including art history, ethnic studies, museum studies, and landscape studies as well as Pacific Island Studies. I am also committed to teaching outside the campus and thus have taken on the challenge of teaching English language through an NHK television program (in 2011), though I admit I was far from telegenic.

I currently chair PEAK’s Junior Division and am very committed to internationalizing the University of Tokyo. I believe in PEAK and look forward to working closely with each and every student who comes to Todai through this program!

Research Interests

In recent years, my academic focus has been on cultural representation, with a particular focus on Hawaii. More specifically, I am interested in how the past is narrated at such places as museums and tourist sites. In addition to academic articles, I have written four single-authored books and edited four more books on Hawaii and the United States.

Selected Publications

“Remembering Pearl Harbor in Hawai'i: A Reflection on an Annual Workshop for U.S. and Japanese Secondary School Teachers,” SHAFR Roundtable “Pearl Harbor: Seventy Years Later.” (December 2011)
『真珠湾を語る』Narrating Pearl Harbor: History, Memory, and Education, co-edited with Takeo Morimo and Kyoko Nakayama, Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 2011. [in Japanese] 
『憧れのハワイ』Longings for Hawai'i: Japanese Views of Hawai'i, Tokyo: Chuo Koron Shinsha, [in Japanese]
Jenichiro Oyabe, A Japanese Robinson Crusoe, Greg Robinson and Yujin Yaguchi, eds., (Honolulu:University of Hawai'i Press, 2009).
“War Memories Across the Pacific: Japanese Visitors at the Arizona Memorial” Marc Gallicchio, ed., The Unpredictability of the Past (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007) 234-252.