Stories of Kimchi and Zainichi Koreans in Japan

How do Zainichi Koreans understand Japanese consumers’ open embrace of kimchi in light of Japan’s reluctant social acceptance of its Korean minority population?

Curating and Performing the Japan Cultural Experience

Tourism industries and cultural institutions are increasingly offering commercial experiences in which consumers embody a performative “tourist gaze” that “orders and regulates the relationships between various sensuous experiences while away.

Performance, Sign Language, and Deaf Identity in Japan

Through 20 years of research experience in Japan, I realized that Japanese Sign Language itself can also be viewed as a performance genre found in the everyday lives of Deaf people, considering the relationship between their presentations of JSL and shared Deaf identity through the consumption of information and values.

Stuff Matters, Especially When You Risk “Everything” for It

Mrs. M. realised she had made a miscalculation staying in her property on the afternoon of March 3, 2011 when water started bulging in through her floor. She had heard the official warning of the oncoming tsunami and knew that the evacuation order was serious. She had every intention of running to higher ground once she collected some belongings. And more importantly, once she found her cat.

Japan’s Emerging Emotional Tech

There is a moment in Spike Jonze’s film Her (2013) when the main character Theodore, who is in a romantic relationship with an operating system named Samantha, learns that she is simultaneously conversing with 8,316 others and has fallen in love with 641 of them.