I’m an avid observer of people and places. My hobby is also my career–I’m a Ph.D. student specializing in political science, specifically in East Asia. This blog chronicles my adventures in Japan, from teaching English in Niigata-ken on the JET Program to taking language classes at IUC Yokohama and KCJS to my dissertation fieldwork in Tokyo. It will probably deal with all sorts of other random topics along the way. That’s part of the idea–I’m not a one-dimensional person, so why should my blog be?
In Japan, the term モダンガール(modan gaaru) refers to Japanese women who followed Westernized fashions and lifestyles in the 1920s. These “moga” were Japan’s equivalent of America’s flapper; they were depicted as living in the cities, being financially and emotionally independent, choosing their own suitors, and being model consumers. In any case, I’ve always thought that these women were a really interesting group living at a really interesting time in Japan. And I liked the play on words. :)
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