While serving in the US Intelligence Section, Ivan Morris studied Japanese language and culture at Harvard University. Reserves of the Navy. After getting his Ph.D., he went on to become a professor. He graduated from the University of London in 1951 and worked for the BBC's Far East Department as well as the British Foreign Office's Japan and Pacific bureaus. He spent several years in Tokyo, writing, speaking, and teaching.
In 1960, he joined Columbia University's Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, afterwards renamed the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, where he served as department chair. He was made a Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford. In 1966, Anthony's College in Oxford was founded. Morris authored a number of volumes on Japanese history, literature, and politics, as well as a number of notable translations of both classical and current Japanese works.
In 1976, he passed away.