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The Routledge Companion to Gender and Japanese Culture

1st Edition

Edited by Jennifer Coates, Lucy Fraser, Mark Pendleton


448 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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This Companion is a comprehensive examination of the varied ways in which gender issues manifest throughout culture in Japan, using a range of international perspectives to examine private and public constructions of identity, as well as gender and sexuality inflected cultural production.

The Routledge Companion to Gender and Japanese Culture features both new work and updated accounts of classic scholarship, providing a go-to reference work for contemporary scholarship on gender in Japanese culture. The volume is interdisciplinary in scope, with chapters drawing from a range of perspectives, fields, and disciplines, including anthropology, art history, history, law, linguistics, literature, media and cultural studies, politics, and sociology. This reflects the fundamentally interdisciplinary nature of the dual focal points of this volume – gender and culture – and the ways in which these themes infuse a range of disciplines and sub-fields.

In this volume, Jennifer Coates, Lucy Fraser, and Mark Pendleton have brought together an essential guide to experiences of gender in Japanese culture today – perfect for students, scholars, and anyone else interested in Japan, culture, gender studies, and beyond.


The Routledge Companion to Gender and Japanese Culture is an unprecedented collection of new and updated accounts of original texts which constitutes the most comprehensive overview of both classic and contemporary scholarship in the field of gender and culture. This interdisciplinary-based volume analyzes the distribution of power across genders from all aspects of life in Japan and challenges us to re-examine the crossroads of culture and gender.

--Hideko Abe, Chair and Professor, East Asian Studies, Colby College

'At last, a handbook on Japanese gender. And one which is both comprehensive and up-to-date in terms of coverage, methodology and theory. This should rightly go straight on to the reading lists of anyone teaching courses on contemporary Japan.'

Roger Goodman, Nissan Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford

The Routledge Companion to Gender and Japanese Culture offers a wide range of refreshing and critical perspectives on genders and Japanese culture. Particularly impressive is how this volume tackles the complex intersecting issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and others. It is informative, accessible, essential reading for anyone who wishes to have a comprehensive understanding of genders in Japan.

-- Kazue Harada, Assistant Professor of Japanese, Japanese Language and Culture, Miami University, Ohio

The Routledge Companion to Gender and Japanese Culture is an important and useful resource with a broad scope of essays from accomplished scholars. This vital collection faithfully reflects the history of the field and paves the way for future research and pedagogy on gender and society in Japan.

- Kathryn Hemmann, Assistant Professor, Japanese Literature and Popular Culture, George Mason University

Table of Contents



Jennifer Coates, Lucy Fraser, and Mark Pendleton

A: Theorizing and Historicizing Gender and Japanese Culture

1. Gendering Modern Japanese History: An Historiographical Update

Barbara Molony

2. Gender in Pre-Modern Japan

Rajyashree Pandey

3. Debates in Japanese Feminisms

Ayako Kano

4. Gender and Language

Miyako Inoue

5. Masculinity Studies in Japan

Emma Cook

6. Transgender, Non-binary Genders, and Intersex in Japan

S. P. F. Dale

7. Gender and Ethnicity in Urban Japan

Jamie Coates

B: Home, Family, and the ‘Private Sphere’

8. Gender and the Koseki

David Chapman

9. Attitudes to Marriage and Childbearing

Ekaterina Hertog

10. Family, Inequality, and the Work-Family Balance in Contemporary Japan

Aya Ezawa

11. Intimacy in and Beyond the Family

Allison Alexy

12. Rural Gender Construction and Decline: Negotiating Risks Through Nostalgia

Anna Vainio

13. Changing Folk Cultures of Pregnancy and Childbirth

Manami Yasui, Translated by Lucy Fraser and Madelein Shimizu

14. Gender, Religion, and Belief

Yumi Murayama and Erica Baffelli

C: Work, Politics, and The ‘Public Sphere’

15. Gender and the Law: Progress and Remaining Problems

Stephanie Assmann

16. Gender and the Workplace

Helen Macnaughtan

17. Sex Work

Toru Takeoka

18. Gender, Labour, and Migration

Helena Hof and Gracia Liu Farrer

19. Women in Electoral Politics

Emma Dalton

20. Demanding Publics: Women and Activism

Chelsea Szendi Schieder

21. Lesbians and Queer Women in Japan

Jane Wallace

D: Cultures of Play: Leisure, Music, and Performance

22. Gender and Musical Subcultures

Rosemary Overell

23. Gender and Digital Cultures

Jennifer Coates and Laura Haapio-Kirk

24. Women and Physical Culture in Japanese History

Keiko Ikeda

25. Myths of Masculinity in the Martial Arts

Oleg Benesch

26. The Continuum of Male Beauty in Contemporary Japan

Masafumi Monden

27. Performing Gender: Cosplay and Otaku Cultures and Spaces

Emerald King

E: Cultural Production: Literature, Cinema, and Popular Culture

28. Gender in Japanese Literature and Literary Studies

Laura Clark and Lucy Fraser

29. Gender and Poetry

Andrew Campana

30. Gender, Manga, and Anime

Grace Ting

31. Cuteness Studies and Japan

Joshua Paul Dale

32. Gender and Visual Culture

Gunhild Borggreen

33. Gender, Media, and Misogyny in Japan

Sally McLaren

34. Representing Girls in Cinema

Kate Taylor-Jones and Georgia Thomas-Parr

35. Gendered Desires: Pornography and Consumption

Alexandra Hambleton

F: Texts and Contexts: Case Studies

36. Gendered High and Low Culture in Japan: The Transgressing Flesh in Kawabata’s Dance Writing

Fusako Innami

37. Genre and Gender: Romantic Friendships and the Homosocial Imperative in the Ninkyō (Chivalrous) Genre Film

Isolde Standish

38. Girls with Arms and Girls as Arms in Anime: the Use of Girls for "Soft" Militarism

Akiko Sugawa-Shimada

39. Beyond the "Parasite Single"

Lynne Nakano

40. Japanese Gay Men’s Experiences of Gender: Negotiating the Hetero System

Thomas Baudinette

About the Editors

Jennifer Coates is Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies at the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield. She is the author of Making Icons: Repetition and the Female Image in Japanese Cinema, 1945-1964, as well as journal articles and book chapters on cinema and audiences in postwar and contemporary Japan.

Lucy Fraser is Lecturer in Japanese at The University of Queensland, where she teaches Japanese literature, popular culture, and language. She is the author of The Pleasures of Metamorphosis: Japanese and English Fairy Tale Transformations of "The Little Mermaid".

Mark Pendleton is Lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield. He has published in a number of academic journals including Japanese Studies and Asian Studies Review and has contributed book chapters on historical justice and memory, transnational sexual politics in East Asia and Japanese dark tourism. He is a member of the editorial committee of History Workshop Journal.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies