January 30, 2018:
Just before January leaves, we wanted to share our Top 10 Articles for 2017.
It’s an interesting mix of old favourites from our former New Voices banner, and of course new ones too.
Our top paper for 2017 uses the quirky metaphor of “a kimono riding a bicycle” to frame an ethnographic study of changes in Japan’s traditional fashion industry. It shows how kimono is being adapted to suit everyday life in contemporary Japan (complete with a selection of gorgeous photos by the author).
Three of the remaining papers are concerned with the intersection between pop culture and gender (see #3, #5 and #6).
One examines socialisation among the Japanese diaspora in Australia (#2).
Another two take a deep look at the embedded cultural meanings in Japanese language through the linguistic framework of Natural Semantic Metalanguage (#4 and #8).
Of the remaining papers, two cover contentious areas of politics (#7 and #9), and one examines the cultural mechanisms behind the enduring popularity of an early modern Japanese legend (#10).
So for the record, here’s our list. We’re open access: download them all!
(Jenny Hall, NVJS7)
(Jared Denman, NV3)
(Emily Jane Wakeling, NV5)
(Miles Neale, NVJS7)
(Anne Lee, NVJS8)
6. Transcultural Flow of Demure Aesthetics: Examining Cultural Globalisation through Gothic & Lolita Fashion
(Masafumi Monden, NV2)
(Crystal Porter, NV2)
(Gian Marco Farese, NVJS8)
(Kirsten Orreill, NV2)
(Rosa Lee, NV4)
Big congratulations go out to the authors, and big thanks go out to you for reading.
(Photos by Jenny Hall.)