Dr Shiro Yoshioka
Lecturer in Japanese Studies

I obtained my PhD in comparative culture at International Christian University, Tokyo, in 2009. My dissertation analysed Miyazaki Hayao’s view of Japanese culture and history in comparison with conservative and liberal arguments on Japanese culture (nihonjinron).  I am currently writing a research monograph on life and works of Miyazaki Hayao.

 Office hours:

Tuesday 14:00-15:00

Wednesday 13:00-14:00

Thursday 12:00-13:00

  • PhD: International Christian University (2009): Comparative culture

  • MPhil: Birmingham (2003): Modern and Contemporary British and Irish Drama

 My research interest spans over different disciplines such as history, cultural studies and media studies. Here are some keywords:

    Japanese animation Modern and contemporary Japanese history Collective and mediated memory Japanese cultural identity  Nostalgia and popular history 

    Specific areas of interest:

      Films of Miyazaki Hayao (espeially his view of Japanese history and culture) Nihonjinron (discourse on Japanese culture by the Japanese), especially the idea of "tradition" and "Japaneseness" History and development of nostalgic view of modern Japanese history (especially the Taisho and Showa periods)  Representation of such nostalgic image in popular texts (anime, manga, videogame, films, popular novels) History of Tokyo and its representation in popular texts Relationship between "formal" history (e.g. school education, history as an academic discipline) and popular history Fandom of Japanese popular culture in and outside Japan

      I am happy to supervise MA/PhD project related to any of above. I would encourage autonomous, thematic and interdisciplinary approach.

      Conference presentation

      ·         “The  Housewife  Trap–The  Transformation  of  Female Character in The Cat Returns,” Spirited Discussion: Exploring 30 Years of Studio Ghibli (Cardiff University, 18, Apr, 2015)

      ·         “The  Housewife  Trap–The  Transformation  of  Female Character in The Cat Returns,”  14th EAJS conference (University of Ljubljana, 28, Aug, 2014). Co-presented with Andrea Germer

      ·         “Allure of the Imperial Capital: development of nostalgic image of the interwar period in Japan,” Nostalgias: visualise longings (Winters Gardens, Margate, Canterbury Christchurch University, The University of Arts London Photography and the Archival Research Centre, 8, November, 2013)


                "How to Beat Gachiota: Designing an Anime Class as a Meta Class," Teaching Japanese Popular Culture Conference, National University of Singapore (12, November, 2012)

      ·         “It’s Show Time! ― Videogame goes to theatre,” Symposium on Contemporary Japanese Media Cultures: Industry, Society and Audiences (University of East Anglia, 5, September, 2012)

      ·         “All Cities Are Destined to Doom”: Apocalyptic Destruction of Tokyo as Representation of Resilience,” AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium (Anime Expo, Los Angeles, CA, 29, June, 2012)

      ·         “Popular representations of Tokyo’s history: anxiety of discontinuity and yearning for continuity,” Invited lecture (University of Manchester 18, April, 2012)

      ·         "Popular representations of Tokyo’s history: anxiety of discontinuity and yearning for continuity," (Newcastle University SML Research seminar 9, Feb. 2012)

      ·         “’’Taisho Cherry Blossoms in a Fanciful Storm!’”: Videogame as representation of the Japanese view of history,” the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asia Scholars (Honolulu, HI, 2, April, 2011).

      ·         “Heart of Japaneseness--History and Nostalgia in Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away,” Asianetwork, Spring 2009 Annual Conference Chicago, IL, 15, March, 2009).

      ·         ’’’Nothing that happens is ever forgotten, even if you can’t remember it’; Retrieval and Reconstruction of Japaneseness in the Films of Miyazaki Hayao”, Asian Studies Conference Japan (International Christian University, Tokyo, 24 June, 2006)

      Research supervision:

      • External Examiner: Catherine Lewis (PhD, KCL, 2015) , “Japaneseness, Mixedness and Anglo-Japanese Young People inside and outside Hoshuko (Japanese Saturday School”)

      • External examiner: Verena Maser (PhD, Trier University, Germany, 2013): Yuri Same-Sex Intimacy in Japanese Popular Culture


      • Commentary on Ikiru at MILAN Film festival (3, Feb, 2015, Newcastle University)

      • Public seminar “An Introduction to anime or Japanese animation. What is it? Why does it matter?”” (21 Nov, 2014, Teikyo University in Durham)

      • Introductory talk on Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises". (14 May 2014, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle)


       Semester 1
      •  JPN4002 (Contemporary Japanese Animation): This final year module explores how we can deal with Japanese animation "seriously"/academically
      Co-taught Modules: 
      Semester 1
      • JPN1005 (Introduction to Japanese History and Culture)
      • JPN2004 (Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture
      Semester 2
      • SML2011 (Cities in East Asian Cinema) 
       Throughout the Academic Year
      • SML1021 (Introduction to International Films)

      • JPN4061 (Level D Further Advanced Japanese)