Ezra received his B.A. in East Asian Studies and Japanese Language and Literature from Dartmouth College. His research focuses on theories and expressions of landscape in Meiji-period literature and photography. He is the author of “Cross-Modal Iconism at Tully’s Coffee Japan: Authenticity and Egalitarian Sociability as Projections of Distinction” (Semiotic Review, 2017) and “Processional Prints of the Kanda Festival: Popular Visual Culture and Neighborhood Identity” (Japan Forum, 2018). His interests include semiotics, photography theory, ritual studies, geopsychology, and temporality in narrative.