A Tokyo native, Kamata earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. from UCLA's Department of Urban Planning. Kamata has traveled all over the US. He is particularly fond of L.A., Tucson, and Minneapolis. I know because I have heard him rave on many an occasion. He is one of Japan's foremost experts in American Studies. He is also an amazing photographer. I am truly honored to be the cover photo (looking just a bit like my mother). Kamata publishes with commercial presses in Japan thus reaching wide audiences with his critical analyses and beautiful photographs. He says in an e-mail, "I hope that I am doing justice to what I've been learning from you and others who inspired me to explore Native America over years. I am also trying to let people know that Native Americans are living in the United States and not in the history books or museum." If you are in Japan, Native America is available at a bookstore near you!