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    Entry contributed by Pam Kennedy

    Pam Kennedy

    I’m Pam Kennedy, TA for “Japan’s Gross National Cool.” In fall 2008, I took Professor DiNitto’s class “Nationalism and Pop Culture in Japan,” in which we explored the intersections between new trends of Japanese nationalism and contemporary pop culture. That class solidified my interest in contemporary Japanese culture and society.

    In summer 2009 I conducted research on young novelist Kanehara Hitomi and her books “Snakes and Earrings” and “Autofiction,” which display the Japan in which my generation matured — a recession-era Japan characterized by a contrast of excesses and minimalism.

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    Kanehara Hitomi.

    I am also interested in kawaisa (cuteness). Like many Japanese and non-Japanese girls of my generation, I am drawn to that quintessentially kawaii cat Hello Kitty, and her entourage of adorable Sanrio friends. My favorite is Charmmy Kitty.

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    The best Sanrio character ever.

    Kanehara Hitomi

    English

    金原ひとみは作家で、バブル景気崩壊以降世代について本を書いています。大体、金原が扇情的でショッキングな話題について書いています。それなのに、日本人がショックを受けませんでした。たぶん、1990年代から日本人はショックを受けにくくなったのでしょう。それでも、金原はバブル以降に大人びたので、バブル以降の日本人の生活や欲求や夢などの特殊な見方を持っていると思います。この世代を理解できれば、日本の未来も理解できます。

    自分も金原と同じ世代なので、日本人の若者の生活のことを勉強したいです。2009年の夏に、「蛇にピアス」と「オートフィクション」に基づく、いろいろな話題を研究しました。今学期、バブル以降の世代と日本社会の関係を研究します。

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    年表:金原ひとみ

  • 1983年 (昭和58年) 東京に生まれる
  • 1990年 (平成2年)  日本のバブル景気が崩壊した
  • 1995年 (平成7年)  オウム真理教の地下鉄サリン事件
  • 1996年 (平成8年)  村上龍が新たなショック仕方は必要と言った
  • 2003年 (平成15年) 「蛇にピアス」で第27回すばる文学賞を受賞。同作で第130回芥川賞を受賞
  • 2005年 (平成17年) 「蛇にピアス」が英語で刊行した
  • 2006年 (平成18年) 「オートーフィクション」という第四目の作品は日本語で刊行した
  • 2007年 (平成19年) 「オートーフィクション」が英語で刊行した
  • 外部リンク

    “People of Today: Kanehara Hitomi” インタビューの抜粋

      「結局、怖じ気づいちゃって(スプリットタンを)できなかったけれど、自分自身も含め、身体改造に興味を持つ人間の心理を分析したくて、これを書いたのかもしれません」

      小説の中で彼女はルイにこう言わせている。〈陽が差さない場所がこの世にないのなら自分自身を影にしてしまう方法はないか〉

      「ほ んの些細なことがきっかけで、もうこんな世界にいたくない、明るいものの届かない影になってしまいたいと思う時があるんです。だからといって、暗く目立た ない存在になるのは、あまりに悲しいし、そんな人間で終わりたくない。その点、身体改造で武装すれば、存在感を放つ影になれる。見た目で判断する世の中 を、“近づくな”とシャットアウトできる。もう一つ、身体改造に惹かれる人の中には、自分の身体を使って“私はこれだけできる”ってことを証明したいとい う気持ちもあるような気がします」

    “People of Today: Kanehara Hitomi” (Subaru Prize for Literature, 2003)

      Subaru interview with Kanehara Hitomi about “Snakes and Earrings”
      「蛇にピアス」についてすばる文学賞と金原ひとみのインタビュー

    “Kanehara Hitomi Special Interview” (Shueisha, 2004)

      Shueisha interview with Kanehara Hitomi about “Ash Baby”
      「アッシュベイビー」について集英社と金原ひとみのインタビュー

    Customer Reviews (Amazon.jp)

      Reader reviews of “Snakes and Earrings”
      「蛇にピアス」の読者のレビュー


    Entry contributed by Pam Kennedy

    Kanehara Hitomi

    Japanese

    Kanehara Hitomi is the author of books about post-bubble generation youth. She writes about topics that are often considered shocking or sensational, including violence, body modification, sexual deviance, abortion, and dysfunctional relationships. Yet because Japanese society as a whole has experienced many shocks since World War II, and especially in the post-bubble era, the violent content of Kanehara’s books does not shock the Japanese people in general. However, as Kanehara herself is one of the post-bubble generation Japanese, she has a unique perspective on the lifestyles, needs, and dreams of youth who came of age in the recession. I believe that understanding this post-bubble generation is crucial to understanding Japan’s future.

    Since I am from the same generation as Kanehara, I want to study the lifestyles of Japanese youth. In the summer of 2009, I researched some of the topics Kanehara addresses in her books Hebi ni piasu and Ootofikushon. This semester, I will research the post-bubble generation’s relationship with Japanese society with Kanehara’s works.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIoXwER0ViU

    Timeline

  • 1983: Born in Tokyo
  • 1990: The Japanese economic bubble collapsed
  • 1995: The Aum Shinrikyo subway sarin gas incident
  • 1996: Murakami Ryuu says a new method of shocking is necessary
  • 2003: Snakes and Earrings won the 27th Subaru Literary Award. The same novel won the 130th Akutagawa Prize.
  • 2005: Snakes and Earrings is published in English
  • 2006: Autofiction, her fourth novel, is published in Japanese
  • 2007: Autofiction is published in English
  • Linkography

    “People of Today: Kanehara Hitomi” Interview Excerpt

      “In the end, I lost my nerve and couldn’t do [a split tongue], but I guess I wrote this book to express myself, and because I wanted to analyze the mentality of people who are interested in body modification.”
      In the novel she has Lui speak in this way. “If there isn’t a place in this world where the sun doesn’t shine, there will be a way for me to become a shadow.”
      “The impetus was just a trivial thing; I already don’t want to be in such a world, and there are times when I think I want to become a shadow that bright things can’t reach. Nevertheless, turning to a dark, inconspicuous existence is too sorrowful, and I don’t want to end as that sort of person. With that point, if I’m armed with body modification, I can get used to the shadow that frees my presence. I can become a shutout who says ‘don’t approach me’ to the society that judges by appearance. Also, among the people who are attracted by body modification, I feel that they have a similar feeling, that they want to verify that ‘I can be only this,’ by modifying their bodies.”

    “People of Today: Kanehara Hitomi” (Subaru Prize for Literature, 2003)

      Subaru interview with Kanehara Hitomi about “Snakes and Earrings”
      「蛇にピアス」についてすばる文学賞と金原ひとみのインタビュー

    “Kanehara Hitomi Special Interview” (Shueisha, 2004)

      Shueisha interview with Kanehara Hitomi about “Ash Baby”
      「アッシュベイビー」について集英社と金原ひとみのインタビュー

    Customer Reviews (Amazon.jp)

      Reader reviews of “Snakes and Earrings”
      「蛇にピアス」の読者のレビュー


    Entry contributed by Pam Kennedy

    Post-Bubble Japan

    Post-bubble Japanese society is characterized by the naturalization of shock. 20th century Japanese history is filled with shocking events, from the atomic bombs at the end of World War Two to terrorist incidents in the 1970s. After the bubble economy collapsed at the beginning of the 1990s, social pessimism reached new heights, peaking with the Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack (pictured at right) on the Tokyo subway system in 1995. Japanese society has become accustomed to shocks, and shock has been replaced by a search for new identity.

    Post-bubble culture, which is developing through the generation that matured in the 1990s and subsequent generations, develops through the various methods young Japanese employ in their search for this new identity: materialism, minimalism, obsession with the past or the future, withdrawal or escapism, and an overarching nihilism. These responses are expressed by the post-bubble youth directly through a surge in youth literature, including acclaimed novelists Kanehara Hitomi and Wataya Risa. In particular, Kanehara’s works have been touted as “shocking,” but largely have failed to actually shock post-bubble Japan.

    Linkography

    “People of Today: Kanehara Hitomi” (Subaru Prize for Literature, 2003)

    • Subaru interview with Kanehara Hitomi about “Snakes and Earrings”
    • 「蛇にピアス」についてすばる文学賞と金原ひとみのインタビュー

    “Kanehara Hitomi Special Interview” (Shueisha, 2004)

    • Shueisha interview with Kanehara Hitomi about “Ash Baby”
    • 「アッシュベイビー」について集英社と金原ひとみのインタビュー

    Customer Reviews (Amazon.jp)

    • Reader reviews of “Snakes and Earrings”
    • 「蛇にピアス」の読者のレビュー

    Kennedy, Pam