Tom Looser - Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, New York University
Against the backdrop of new forms of economic and technological globalization, the past 15 years has been a time of complex transition in Japan. The cultural and artistic refigurations of this period have included, among other things, a kind of return to history. This paper examines this return to history. The focus is on several types of imagery, with connections to anime, “Superflat” art and elsewhere; the paper looks at the ways in which Japan (and the world) are positioned within these image-types, and some of the implications of these images of Japan within the contemporary world.