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Yokohama National University
Faculty of Urban Innovation Department of Urban Innovation
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Apr 2006
Apr 2012
Graduate School, Division of Humanities, University of Warick
Jun 1997
Dec 1999
Graduate School, Division of Humanities, University of Chicago

Books etc

Contents Tourism in Japan: Pilgrimages to "Sacred Sites" of Popular Culture
Philip Seaton, Takayoshi Yamamura, Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, Kyungjae Jang (Part:Joint Work)
Cambria Press   Mar 2017   ISBN:9781604979732
A Study on Media Contents
Jun 2016   ISBN:9784779509728
Teaching Japanese Popular Culture
Edited by Deborah Shamoon and Chris McMorran (Part:Joint Work)
Association of Asia Studies   2016   ISBN:9780924304781
Anime Films: Highly Recommended
Seikyusha   Apr 2015   ISBN:9784787273765
Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives
Masao Yokota, Tze-yue G. Hu (Part:Joint Work)
University Press of Mississippi   Jul 2013   ISBN:978-161703809
Encyclopedia of Literature of Anthropology
koubundo   Nov 2004   

Published Papers

Beyond the Shiny and Dreamy: Convergence of Male Idols and Heroes in Anime
   Jul 2016
Akiko Sugawa
Japan Forum      Dec 2014   [Refereed][Invited]
Japanese Superhero Teams at Home and Abroad: Super-Sentai in Japan and their Adaptation in South Korean Cinema
Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema   1-17   Oct 2014   [Refereed]
Functions and Possibilities of Female "Essay Manga": Resistance, Negotiation, and Pleasure
International Journal of Comics Art   3(2) 103-115   Jan 2012   [Refereed][Invited]
Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics   2(2) 169-185   Dec 2011   [Refereed]

Conference Activities & Talks

Healing, Spirituality, and Community: Contents Tourism of Natume's Book of Friends [Invited]
Akiko Sugawa-Shimada
Contents Tourism Conference   11 Mar 2017   
Embracing or Invalidating Militarism?: "Shojo" Images and Cosplay in War-related Contents Tourism in Japan
Akiko Sugawa-Shimada
Joint East Asian Studies Conference   8 Sep 2016   
Using and Sharing of Characters and the Narrative Worlds: Non-Japanese Audiences' Understanding of Anime and Manga
Akiko Sugawa-Shimada
Asian Studies Conference in Japan   3 Jul 2016   
Women's Contents Tourism: Between Reality and Fantasy [Invited]
Akiko Sugawa-Shimada
Travel and Tourism Research Association, Asia-Pacific Chapter   4 Dec 2015   
A History of Anime and Manga Studies in Japan [Invited]
Anime Expo 2013 Symposium   6 Jul 2013   


Interplay with Fantasy: 2.5-Dimensional Cultural Domain as Performance, and Imagination
Eureka   (4)    Mar 2015   [Refereed][Invited]
Constructions of Gender Identity in Magical Girl Anime: Representations of Girls in Secret of Akko-chan in the 1970s
Journal of Human Science of Toyo University   (8)    Mar 2008   [Refereed]
Making it Imcomplete: the Spiral Narrative Structure and Gender in Satoshi Kon's Millenium Actress
Journal of English and English Literature   (47)    Sep 2005   [Refereed]
Pure Love, Self-Reflection, and Boundary-free: Representations of Gynoids in Mamoru Oshii's Innocence
Journal of Animation Studies   (6)    Mar 2005   [Refereed]

Awards & Honors

Jun 2015
Girls and Magic: Representations of Magical Girls and Japanese Female Viewership, Japan Society of Animation Studies Award, Japan Society of Animation Studies
Winner: Akiko Sugawa-Shimada