One of Japans most recognizable icons is the schoolgirl. The sailor-style uniforms are ubiquitous across the country and are found all over many anime films, manga books, and video games. But for those of you who want to know more, this book delves into the cool and surprising world of the Japanese schoolgirl!
This book covers everything you ever wanted to know about the life of Japanese schoolgirls. It begins by discussing how the iconic uniforms first surfaced in Japan – and how they transformed into what they are today. You may be surprised to learn that the uniforms were inspired by American military uniforms and that before they came into being, students would wear very traditional Japanese clothing which would have made it difficult to move around when wearing it! Then the book takes you on a journey throughout every area of popular culture in which we find the Japanese schoolgirl. From music, and the ever-present idol groups to movies, and the deadly schoolgirl assassins, on to fashion, art, magazines, games, and manga and anime. Schoolgirls are everywhere you look in Japan – and this book aims to explain why they are so popular.
The book is written by Brian Ashcraft and Shoko Ueda, who are a married couple living in Osaka. Brian has worked on multiple writing projects associated with Japanese culture, including the popular “Japanese Schoolgirl Watch” columns. His wife Shoko has been a researcher for the same column in Wired magazine, but this is her first book. But something that speaks for her as the writer of this book, she had the best kind of experience for a book like this – she actually was a Japanese schoolgirl herself. So, you know you can trust her insider knowledge!
Aside from the interesting and in-depth information this book provides, the style and layout make it a very pleasant read. Every page is printed in full color, and the book is littered with pictures that enhance the text. A topic such as this, focusing on the image of the schoolgirl and how they are represented in the media, visual aids such as photographs and clippings really do help you to understand the topic.
From start to finish, this book is an exciting and interesting journey into the world of a Japanese schoolgirl. For anyone interested in Japan or Japanese culture, this book will make a great addition to your collection!
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