[S2E14] 👩‍👦 Nostalgia & Motherhood with Dr Forum Mithani

This week we are joined by Dr Forum Mithani, British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at the School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University, to discuss her research on the role of nostalgia in shaping expectations of motherhood.

[S2E13] 🚇 Social Order: Tokyo’s Manner Posters with Chris Schimkowsky

This week we are joined by Chris Schimkowsky, PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, where we will be discussing his research into the “manner posters” on the Tokyo rail network.

[S2E7] 👘 Dorozome Textiles: Traditional Crafts Today with Dr Charlotte Linton

This week we are joined by Dr Charlotte Linton, Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Research Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute, to discuss dorozome (泥染め) textiles and traditional crafts today.

[S2E5] 🙇‍♂️ Ritualising Scandal with Dr Igor Prusa

This week we are joined by Dr Igor Prusa, lecturer in Media Studies at the Metropolitan University Prague, who will discuss “Ritualising Scandal”. Igor takes us through the surprisingly structured social phenomenon of scandal in Japan, the necessity for tears in a televised confession, and how those who confess can actually come out better for it.

[S2E4] 📸 Contents Tourism with Dr Philip Seaton

This week we are joined by Dr Philip Seaton, professor in the Institute of Japan Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, to discuss “Contents Tourism”, travel behaviour motivated by narratives, characters and locations from pop culture.

[S2E3] 🔞 Studying Pornography with Maiko Kodaka

This week we are joined by Maiko Kodaka, PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, to discuss studying pornography, the challenges that come with researching such a contentious subject and the insights we can gain from it.

Beyond Japan Ep. #45: The Ainu in Japan with Amanda McGuire

This week Oliver is joined by Amanda McGuire, PhD candidate at the University of East Anglia, to discuss the Ainu in Japan, exploring their historical and contemporary relationship with the peoples of mainland Japan and what the withdrawal of the Ainu dance from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony says about the theme of “unity in Japan”.

Beyond Japan Ep. #36: Robotics in Elder Care with Dr Naonori Kodate

This week we are joined by Dr Naonori Kodate, Associate Professor in Social Policy and Director of Research at University College Dublin, who will introduce us to the growing phenomenon of robotics in elder care.

Beyond Japan Ep. #35: Peace, Youth Politics & Article 9 with Professor David Slater

Our third and final Shōtoku interviewee is Bryan Lowe, Assistant Professor of Religion at Princeton University, with whom Oliver will be getting to grips with the tricky task of reading history from mythology in ancient texts such as the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki.