Cutting-Edge Research
in Kyoto University


Studies of Popular Culture Reading Japanese society from changes in popular culture.

I am studying pre- and postwar gender structure, sexuality, media, and politics in Japan by analyzing popular culture from the perspective of cultural sociology and gender research. The number of young scholars who have developed an interest in studying Japanese culture due to an encounter with the country’s popular culture is currently increasing. I hope that popular culture will provide a starting point for more people to further their interest and understanding of Japanese traditional culture, history, thought, and social issues.

Prof. Kimio Ito
Graduate School of Letters