Youth Cultures in Post-Bubble Japan:
From Rebellious Schoolgirls to Reclusive Men
Getting to Know Japan Webinar (via Zoom) -- 2000 (JST) 8 July 2021
How have young people navigated their lives in the so-called "lost decades" in post-bubble Japan, against the backdrop of a rapidly ageing society? In this lecture, Professor Sachiko Horiguchi will provide an overview of changing youth cultures since the 1990s, and will highlight how representations of gendered subcultures- from rebellious kogal high school girls to reclusive otaku & hikikomori men- symbolize both the stagnation and transformation that Japan has experienced in the last three decades.
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Sachiko Horiguchi is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Temple University, Japan Campus. Her research interests lie in the social and medical anthropology of Japan, with a particular focus on youth mental health issues, education, and emerging multiculturalism in contemporary Japan. Her recent publications include “’Unhappy” and Isolated Youth in the Midst of Social Change: Representations and Subjective Experiences of Hikikomori in Contemporary Japan” in Barbara Holthus and Wolfram Manzenreiter (eds) Life Course, Happiness and Well Being in Japan. Routledge (2017).
Format: This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded.
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Moderator: Michael Okamoto
Webinar Cost: Free of charge