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  • Scarlet Gang of Asakusaby Yasunari Kawabata; Donald Richie; Ota Saburô; Alisa Freedman

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 24.95

    In the 1920s, Asakusa was to Tokyo what Montmartre had been to 1890s Paris and Times Square was to be to 1940s New York. Available in English for the first time, The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa, by Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata, captures the decadent allure of this entertainment district, where beggars and teenage prostitutes mixed with revue... more...

  • Tokyo in Transitby Alisa Freedman

    Stanford University Press 2010; US$ 22.95

    This work discusses literary depictions of mass transit in 20th century Tokyo in the decades preceding WWII. It cuts across literary and historical/sociological analysis, and contributes to the growing body of work examining Japanese urbanism, gender, and modernism. more...

  • Modern Girls on the Goby Alisa Freedman; Laura Miller; Christine Yano

    Stanford University Press 2013; US$ 24.95

    This spirited and engaging multidisciplinary volume pins its focus on the lived experiences and cultural depictions of women's mobility and labor in Japan. The theme of "modern girls" continues to offer a captivating window into the changes that women's roles have undergone during the course of the last century. Here we encounter Japanese women inhabiting... more...

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