To find materials on Japanese popular culture, use the following geographic terms to add to your subject searches (e.g., popular culture -- Japan)
From samurais to monsters to anime, Japan has a rich history of cinema. The Illinois Library has over 500 Japanese films in its collection. If you're browsing, try filtering by genre with the links along the right. Stream more feature films and documentaries via Kanopy, including Rashomon.
In addition to English search terms, try the following film terms specific to Japanese cinema:
The home of Sega, Sony, Atari, and Nintendo, Japan is a powerhouse in the video game world. Check out the books and articles highlighted below to explore the history and influence of Japanese video games, or geemu, around the world.
Image: A screenshot from the original 8-bit Nintendo Legend of Zelda. Source: Gamepedia
"With her provocative look into the Japanese pop music industry and its focus on traditional beauty ideals, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake confronts the nature of gender power dynamics at work. As the female idols become younger and younger, Miyake offers a critique on the veil of internet fame and the new terms of engagement that are now playing out IRL around the globe." --Kanopy
Watch the whole film on Kanopy.
The Library has over 600 manga titles and about 150 anime films and TV shows. Start your research with the books and journals listed here, and visit the LibGuides listed below for additional suggested resources and search tips. The box to the right explores gender and manga.
Image: Sailor Moon (Source: Viz.com)
Many manga and anime are notable for their exploration and disruption of gender norms. Shojo manga, or girls' manga, crosses a range of genres, unified by their target audience of adolescent girls and focus on female heroines. Yaoi, or boys' love, features gay male characters and romances, and is also marketed to and primarily written by women. Yaoi originated in fanfiction and dojinshu (zines) but now has international reach and appeal. It is distinguished from bara (men's love), manga and anime featuring gay relationships for a gay male audience. Manga and anime focusing on romantic and sexual relationships between women is called yuri (girls' love).