Donnerstag, 21. Mrz 2019, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Television and the ama

- the continuing search for a real Japan

Dolores P. Martinez (SOAS, London)


Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften - Japanologie, Seminarraum Jap 1
Spitalgasse 2, UniversitätsCampus Hof 2, Eingang 2.4, 1090 Wien


This paper analyses the 2013 hit Amachan, exploring the subject of surviving through adversity as not just a common thread that it shares with almost all the asadora produced since 1961, but also as a theme analogous to the story of post-war Japan. Intimacy and connectivity, as well, are seen as key to understanding this series about a young girl learning to be a diver (ama). I argue that these strands are interwoven to depict a post-bubble and post-3/11 Japan in which a positive attitude and a willingness to learn from rural, traditional, values are seen as leading to happiness and success.

Dolores P. Martinez is Emeritus Reader in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London, and a Research Associate at ISCA, University of Oxford. She has written on maritime anthropology, tourism, religion, gender, film and popular culture in Japan, as well as on women’s football in the US, documentary film, and humour in science fiction cinema. Her latest publications include her edited Gender and Japanese Society (Routledge, 2014); with Griseldis Kirsch and Merry White as co-editors, Assembling Japan (Peter Lang, 2015); and with Blai Guarne and Arturo Lozano Mendez as co-editors, Persistently Postwar (Berghahn 2019).


Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften/Japanologie und AAJ (Akademischer Arbeitskreis Japan)


Mag. Angela Kramer
Universität Wien
Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften - Japanologie