Ashley Hawkins is a school librarian working in Brooklyn, NY. She is married to Matthew Hawkins, video game expert and archivist. Ashley has a BS in English Language Arts Education from UCF, and an MA in English Literature from the Bread Loaf School of English as well as an MSLIS from Pratt Institute. Ashley also has been engaging in Japanese popular culture since she was a small child watching Sailor Moon, and has read hundreds of manga, light novels, and popular novels originating in Japan. In her teen and early adult years, she was involved with cosplay and lolita subcultures. If you are interested in a more formal critique of Japanese culture, you can read her article on Japanese death culture in relation to horror for CineNation.