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Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style

Dec 5, 2015

Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style

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Tokyo, September 1964: A squad of plainclothes police descend on the tony Ginza shopping district and round up hundreds of Japanese youths who had outraged local businesses. Their crime? Loitering in what was then outre style — button-down shirts, skinny ties, suit jackets and ...

The Waiting Years

| Dec 5, 2015

The Waiting Years

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A tale of unanswered prayers, Fumiko Enchi’s “The Waiting Years” is an elegy on the subservience that once haunted Japanese womanhood. The Waiting Years, by Fumiko Enchi204 pagesKodansha USA, Fiction. p>Set in the early Meiji Era (1868-1912), the story begins when Yukitomo Shirakawa, a ...

Hanzai Japan

Dec 5, 2015

Hanzai Japan

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Hackneyed writing and plot devices grow like kabi (mold) in crime fiction, but this anthology of 16 stories by writers in and outside Japan serves up tasty surprises. “Jigoku” by Naomi Hirahara is a heartfelt, surefooted tale by a serial killer confined to a ...

Can Asian selfies democratize fashion?

Nov 28, 2015

Can Asian selfies democratize fashion?

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‘When I was growing up and reading magazines, I didn’t see anybody that looked like me,” fashion blogger Aimee Song says in a video on her Song of Style blog. Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet, by Minh-Ha T. Pham 272 pages Duke University ...

But is it art? Anime in the 'post-cinematic' age

Nov 14, 2015

But is it art? Anime in the 'post-cinematic' age

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The past 15 years have seen a boom in academic studies of anime, ranging from thematic and cultural analysis such as Susan J. Napier’s “Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle” to formal theory based on technical processes and the nature of two-dimensional images ...