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.
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:
I am happy to supervise MA/PhD project related to any of above. I would encourage autonomous, thematic and interdisciplinary approach.
· “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)
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)
SML1021 (Introduction to International Films)
JPN4061 (Level D Further Advanced Japanese)