Faculty of Urban Innovation, Division of Urban Innovation

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Research Fields, Keywords

Cultural Studies (Anime, Manga, adaptation), Gender Studies, Audience/Fan Studies

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Graduate School 【 display / non-display

  • 2006.04

    University of Warick  Graduate School, Division of Humanities  Doctor Course  Completed

  • 1997.06

    University of Chicago  Graduate School, Division of Humanities  Master Course  Completed

Degree 【 display / non-display

  • Doctor of Philosophy -  University of Warwick

Campus Career 【 display / non-display

  • 2017.04

    Duty   Yokohama National UniversityFaculty of Urban Innovation   Division of Urban Innovation   Professor  

  • 2015.04

    Duty   Yokohama National UniversityFaculty of Urban Innovation   Division of Urban Innovation   Associate Professor  

  • 2014.04

    Duty   Yokohama National UniversityCollege of Education and Human Sciences   Associate Professor  

  • 2017.04

    Concurrently   Yokohama National UniversityGraduate School of Urban Innovation   Department of Architecture and Urban Culture   Professor  

  • 2017.04

    Concurrently   Yokohama National UniversityInternational Strategy Organization   Professor  

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Academic Society Affiliations 【 display / non-display

  • 2012.04

    Japan Society of Manga Studies

  • 2004.04

    Japan Society of Animation Studies

Field of expertise (Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research classification) 【 display / non-display

  • Art at large


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  • Contents Tourism and Pop Culture Fandom

    Takayoshi Yamamura, Philip Seaton, Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, etc (Part: Joint Work )

    Channel View Publisher  2020.02 ISBN: 978-1-84541-722-2

  • Animating the Spirited: Journeys and Transformations

    Masao Yokota, Gigi Hu, Akiko Sugawa-Shimada etc. (Part: Single Work , Range: Animating Artifact Spirits in the 2.5-Dimensional World: Personification and Performing Characters in Token Ranbu )

    University Press of Mississippi  2020.01 ISBN: 9781496826251

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    Getting in touch with a spiritual side is a craving many are unable to express or voice, but readers and viewers seek out this desired connection to something greater through animation, cinema, anime, and art. Animating the Spirited: Journeys and Transformations includes a range of explorations of the meanings of the spirited and spiritual in the diverse, dynamic, and polarized creative environment of the twenty-first century. While animation is at the heart of the book, such related subjects as fine art, comics, children's literature, folklore, religion, and philosophy enrich the discoveries. These interdisciplinary discussions range from theory to practice, within the framework of an ever-changing media landscape. Working on different continents and coming from varying cultural backgrounds, these diverse scholars, artists, curators, and educators demonstrate the insights of the spirited. Authors also size up new dimensions of mental health and related expressions of human living and interactions. While the book recognizes and acknowledges the particularities of the spirited across cultures, it also highlights its universality, demonstrating how it is being studied, researched, comprehended, expressed, and consumed in various parts of the world.


  • The Routledge Companion to Gender and Japanese Culture

    Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, Jennifer Coates, Lucy Fraser, Pendleton Mark他 (Part: Single Work , Range: 38. Girls with Arms and Girls as Arms in Anime: the Use of Girls for "Soft" Militarism )

    Routledge  2019.12 ISBN: 9781138895201

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    This Companion is a comprehensive examination of the varied ways in which gender issues manifest throughout culture in Japan, using a range of international perspectives to examine private and public constructions of identity, as well as gender and sexuality inflected cultural production. The Routledge Companion to Gender and Japanese Culture features both new work and updated accounts of classic scholarship, providing a go-to reference work for contemporary scholarship on gender in Japanese culture. The volume is interdisciplinary in scope, with chapters drawing from a range of perspectives, fields, and disciplines, including anthropology, art history, history, law, linguistics, literature, media and cultural studies, politics, and sociology. This reflects the fundamentally interdisciplinary nature of the dual focal points of this volume – gender and culture – and the ways in which these themes infuse a range of disciplines and sub-fields. In this volume, Jennifer Coates, Lucy Fraser, and Mark Pendleton have brought together an essential guide to experiences of gender in Japanese culture today – perfect for students, scholars, and anyone else interested in Japan, culture, gender studies, and beyond.

  • 55 Keywords for Animation Culture

    SUGAWA, Akiko, YONEMURA, Miyuki (Part: Joint Work )

    Minerva shobo  2019.04 ISBN: 9784623084418

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  • Contents Tourism Studies revised and updated: Anime, manga, games, and tourism, culture, society

    OKAMOTO, TAKESHI, SUGAWA, Akiko et. al (Part: Joint Work , Range: Contents tourism and gender etc. )

    Fukumura shuppan  2019.04 ISBN: 9784571410628

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Thesis for a degree 【 display / non-display

  • Representations of Girls in Japanese Magical Girl Animation Programmes from 1966 to 2003 and Japanese Female Audiences' Understanding of Them

    Akiko Sugawa-Shimada 

      2012.04  [Refereed]

    No Setting   Single Work

  • A Function of Narrative Authority in Kubrick’s and Lyne’s Lolita Adapted from the Novel Lolita: Representations of Lolita’s Sexuality

    Akiko Sugawa 

      1999.12  [Refereed]

    No Setting   Single Work

Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Emerging “2.5-dimensional” Culture: Character-oriented Cultural Practices and “Community of Preferences” as a New Fandom in Japan and Beyond

    Akiko Sugawa-Shimada

    Mechademia: Second Arc ( University of Minnesota Press )  12 ( 2 )   124 - 137   2020.06  [Invited]

    Single Work

  • Playing with Militarism in/with Arpeggio and Kantai Collection: Effects of shōjo Images in Warrelated Contents Tourism in Japan

    Akiko Sugawa-Shimada

    Journal of War and Culture Studies ( Taylor and Frances )  March   1 - 15   2018.03  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Single Work

  • Beyond the Shiny and Dreamy: Convergence of Male Idols and Heroes in Anime


    Single Work

  • Interplay with Fantasy: 2.5-Dimensional Cultural Domain as Performance, and Imagination

    Eureka ( Seikyusha )  ( 4 )   2015.03  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Single Work

  • Rekijo, Pilgrimage and 'Pop-spiritualism': pop-culture-induced heritage tourism of/for Young Women


    Japan Forum     2014.12  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Single Work

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Review Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Book Review How was Japanese Animation Established

    Akiko Sugawa-Shimada

    The Book Review Press ( Takehisa shuppan )    2019.04

    Book review and document introduction, etc.   Single Work

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Academic Awards Received 【 display / non-display

  • Japan Society of Animation Studies Award

    2015.06.23   Japan Society of Animation Studies   Girls and Magic: Representations of Magical Girls and Japanese Female Viewership

    Winner: Akiko Sugawa-Shimada

Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research 【 display / non-display

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B)

    Project Year: 2020.04  -   

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B)

    Project Year: 2019.04  -    Investigator(s): Takayoshi Yamamura

  • Research on the Construction of the Communities of Preferences through Preparatory Culture in "2.5-Dimensional Culture"

    Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Research (Exploratory)

    Project Year: 2017.04  -    Investigator(s): Akiko Sugawa-Shimada

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(A)

    Project Year: 2014.04  -  2019.03 

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B)

    Project Year: 2012.04  -  2014.03  Investigator(s): Fusami Ogi

Other external funds procured 【 display / non-display

  • Research on vitalization of communication through the use of 2.5-dimensional culture

    Project Year: 2018.06  -  2019.03  Investigator(s): Akiko Sugawa-Shimada

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Preferred joint research theme 【 display / non-display

  • Contents tourism(anime-induced tourism)

Past of Collaboration and Commissioned Research 【 display / non-display

  • Database for Animation Studies

    Funded Research on Investiment  

    Project Year: 2018.06  -  2018.12 


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