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Japanese Pop Culture: Paradoxical Nature of the Kawaii Concept

Time and Location

October 12, 6am ET (October 12, 7pm JST)


What is “Kawaii” and what is its relevance to Japanese Pop culture? Dr. Kaori Yoshida will join us to discuss this concept and how it has shaped Japanese media and entertainment.

Questions are encouraged during the live event. Register here Meeting Registration – Zoom

Dr. Kaori Yoshida is a Professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan, specializing media and cultural studies, gender and ethnic representation in popular culture. Her current research interests include gendering of war memory construction through popular media, and popular memories constructed by war museums. Her publications include: “War-Themed Shōjo Manga as a Site for Female Subjectivity: An Aesthetic Analysis of Mothers and Daughters Narrating War” (2022) “Ambivalent Female Bodies: A Place for Feminine War Memory in Japan” (2022), “Mediating Otome in the Discourse of War Memory: Complexity of Memory-Making Through Postwar Japanese War Films” (2019), and “(In)visible Women: Gendering of Popular War Memories through the Narrative of the Battleship Yamato for Six Decades inPostwar Japan” (2015). She teaches courses such as Japanese Popular Culture, Media and Culture, and Introduction to Media Studies.

This event will be recorded and archived on YCAPS’ YouTube channel Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies – YouTube

For more information visit at:
GTKJ- Japanese Kawaii Culture – YCAPS
Series webpage Know Japan – YCAPS

This event is supported through the Salary Assistance Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program

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