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Meiji at 150

Meiji at 150 Podcast, Episode 033, Dr. Alisa Freedman (University of Oregon) Freedman, Alisa; Grunow, Tristan


In this episode, Dr. Freedman charts the urban space and lived experiences of Tokyo during the late-Meiji, Taishō, and Shōwa Periods as represented in literature, film, and popular culture. We discuss train culture both then and today — touching on Tayama Katai, Densha Otoko (Train Man), “cell phone novels,” and Kawabata Yasunari — before talking about “modern girls” going around the world, from Hato bus guides in Tokyo to language teachers in North America.

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