Yuniya (Yuni) Kawamura, professor of sociology, recently presented her work on Japanese fashion subcultures at a museum exhibition celebrating a contemporary Japanese artist.
In November, Kawamura was invited to speak about her book, Fashioning Japanese Subcultures, at the Phoenix Art Museum. The book, which was published by Bloomsbury in 2012 and which she is currently revising and updating, examines a number of Japanese youth subcultures, their geographic and stylistic distinctions, and their role in influencing global style.
Kawamura’s presentation and book signing took place in conjunction with the art exhibition Mr.: You Can Hear the Song of This Town, which explores the manga-inspired world of the contemporary Japanese artist Mr. A protégé of Takashi Murakami and a member of his Kaikai Kiki Studio, Mr. creates colorful, visually complex works inspired by graffiti, anime, and manga. The exhibition runs through March 12, 2023.