February 20, 2013 

CULCON mourns the loss of Donald Richie, a Tokyo-based expert on Japanese cinema who wrote dozens of books and articles about the country’s people and culture who died on Tuesday, February 19.   Richie reviewed Japanese films and the arts for more than 50 years.  Richie wrote books on two of Japan’s best known filmmakers, Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, as well as general guides to Japanese cinema. He also wrote about his travels in Japan.  Richie, from Lima, Ohio, came to Japan in 1947 during the American occupation. He also served for several years as a film curator at the New York Museum of Modern Art.