Professor Akinori Nakamura from Japan Joins The Strong as Visiting Scholar

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

October 13, 2015

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Kim Della Porta, 585-410-6325,

Professor Akinori Nakamura
from Ritsumeikan University (Japan)

Joins The Strong Museum
as Visiting Scholar

The Strong is pleased to announce that Akinori (Aki) Nakamura, professor at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, has been named visiting scholar at The Strong museum. Nakamura, who will be with The Strong for six months, will assist with the Playing with Power: Celebrating 30 Years of the Nintendo Entertainment System exhibit opening at the museum in October, write blogs about video game history, and contribute to various initiatives related to the history of Japanese toys, games, and other forms of play. He will also conduct his own research amid The Strong’s collections related the history of Atari.

The Strong and Ritsumeikan University announced a partnership in May of this year. “There’s great synergy between The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) and the Ritsumeikan Center for Game Research and the Art Research Center in the space of video game history and preservation,” says Jon-Paul C. Dyson, director of The Strong’s ICHEG. “Having Aki Nakamura’s talents at the museum will allow for a cross-cultural exchange of ideas about how best to chronicle and conserve the important history of video games.”

Nakamura served previously as associate dean of Ritsumeikan’s College of Image Arts and Sciences. He also has experience in sales and marketing with Shinano Kenshi Corporation (electric motor and industrial equipment manufacturer) and as a research associate at I/N Tek and I/N Kote (steel manufacturers). He holds a doctorate in international development studies from Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan, and a master’s degree in behavior from Brigham Young University in Utah. He is author of the books Why Do People Get Hooked on Games? A Fundamental of Ludic Elements from the Perspective of Game Developers and The Life and Times of the Nintendo Famicom: The Birth of the TV Games.

Aki Nakamura’s appointment marks the first of many faculty and professional staff member exchanges between The Strong and Ritsumeikan University.

About The Strong
The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games®, World Video Game Hall of Fame®, the National Toy Hall of Fame®, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play®, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play® and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. Known widely as the nation’s museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.

About Ritsumeikan University

Established in 1900, Ritsumeikan Academy has campuses in Kyoto, Shiga, Hokkaido, and Oita, and encompasses two universities, four high schools, four junior high schools, and one primary school. Ritsumeikan fosters the learning and development of individual talents in order to nurture just and ethical global citizens. Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto is Japan’s leading center for the study of the history of video games and their impact on society.