Fashioning Japanese Subcultures [Yuniya Kawamura] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Western fashion has been widely appreciated and. Some years ago during the pre-disaster peak of Cool Japan boosterism, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs produced all sorts of guides. Fashioning Japanese Subcultures has 36 ratings and 6 reviews. M Jay D M said: Kawamura’s book was very disappointing; despite the promise of new fieldwor.

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Help Center Find new research papers in: Supposedly, one could find the gyaru at Shibuya, the Lolita at Harajuku, and the vintage hunter at Shimokitazawa. Email alerts New issue alert.

It also could have even given her the chance to talk more about subcultures that have played a major role in shaping the subcultural scene of Japan, such as Visual Kei and Decora both of which were barely mentioned, despite their importance in Japanese subcultural fashion history.

However, at some points it didn’t seem very well researched, and a handful of parts were almost cringe-worthy for example, when talking about Lolita fashion, Kawamura at one fashioing uses the word “cosplay” in describing it, when in reality most wearers of the fashion highly object to it being referred to as cosplay.

There are a set of good works that examined Japanese youth culture and fashion prior to this book. Sylwia Romecka-Dymek rated it it was amazing Sep 05, Don’t have an account?

Unfortunately, this hypothesis is not brought to the surface more throughout the work, and the argument which proves the existence of a clear correlation between these two variables is missing, as the large number of youth cultures can also be traced to a deeper globalization of Japan, a tendency to move closer to the Western World and an increase in media and socialization networks, or many other elements.

Based on insightful ethnographic fieldwork in Tokyo, Fashioning Japanese Subcultures is the first theoretical and analytical study on Japan’s contemporary youth subcultures and their stylistic expressions. But the following chapters, and in particular those which target and describe cultural practices of certain groups Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 reveal that this definition is not in good fit with the realities studied by Kawamura.


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Emilly rated it really liked it Jan 22, What is surprising to a reader or researcher in the field of youth cultures or subcultures is the courage which the author has to use such an approach in post-modern times. The Anime Boom in the United States: Sadly, some of the points she makes in the book are misleading or inaccurate.

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It gives an interesting look at how Japanese subcultures have come into existence and developed. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Jan 26, Catherine rated it liked it. Akane DOrangeville rated it it was ok Aug 13, Cachita Paredes Vasquez rated it liked it Apr 22, It’s shorter length can leave the reader wanting to know more, but for a introduction to the topic this book is decent.

Fashioning Japanese Subcultures by Yuniya Kawamura

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Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? A longer book could have given Kawamura more time to explore these fashionnig on a deeper level. Lists with This Book.

Continuing the work of Hilary Pilkington, this book seeks jzpanese be original both through the way in which it defines its theoretical framework Part I and IIand through the underdeveloped research field which it targets Part II: Kawamura is a pioneer in the study of subcultures from a perspective which transcends the borders of classical theories, stimulating through this paper an subculturee debate on the way in which we can sociologically look at subcultires. Middlethought rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Jul 16, Colleen rated it liked it.


It is essential reading for students, scholars and anyone interested in fashion, sociology and subcultures. One of them was an illustrated map of Tokyo hotspots, with various subcultures identified with specific train and subway stations.

Iona rated it liked it Jul 20, Related articles in Google Scholar. Geographically and stylistically defined, subcultures such as Lolita in Harajuku, Gyaru and Gyaru-o in Shibuya, Age-jo in Shinjuku, and Mori Girl in Kouenji, reflect the affiliation gashioning identities of their members, and have often blurred the boundary between professionals and amateurs for models, photographers, merchandisers and designers.

Fashioning Japanese Subcultures

I thought I’d really enjoy this book, the cover looked really cool, but it didn’t seem thoroughly researched. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.

However, it is rather introductory and doesn’t go as deep as some may like. From the standpoint of a rebellion against the dominant class, my intuition is that these are an integral part of it, as instead of being opposed to it.

Nicolette rated it liked it Nov 11, Some years ago during the pre-disaster peak of Cool Japan boosterism, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs produced all sorts of guides and pamphlets for foreign tourists.

It is an interesting way to arrange a discussion of diverse material, and because some subculture members do frequent particular sections of the city more often than others for shopping and leisure activities, it is not a completely unreasonable heuristic. Anna rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Most users should sign in with their email address.