electronic journal of
contemporary japanese studies

The electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies (ejcjs) is an international peer reviewed journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences that publishes academic research and scholarly writing on all issues related to contemporary Japanese literature, theatre, cinema, philosophy, society, economy, politics, culture, history, and more. Our editorial board consists of academics from around the world, and our production team consists of global volunteers. We are grateful for contributions from scholars working in all fields of the Humanities and other disciplines relevant to Japan, and although we focus on contemporary matters, we will publish outstanding work covering any historical period.

We typically publish three issues per year, comprising peer reviewed articles, non-peer reviewed discussion papers, reviews of books and films, and translations of both academic, i.e., non-fiction, and fiction writing. For a list of volumes and issues, please click here.

Please refer to the links on the left for specific information on our submission guidelines, author index, publications by category, editorial board, and other information.

Volume 23, Issue 3

Standing in continuing solidarity with the people of Ukraine, for independent sovereignty and the rights of all people to peaceful self-determination.

—The ejcjs Team

Peer-reviewed articles

Cassandra Atherton and Glenn Moore
8. Gardens, Bonsai and Poetry in Edo and Tokyo: Evolving Traditions Keeping the Ideal of Living in Harmony with Nature Alive
Chika Kitano
9. Japanese Masculinity: Who Would be the Global Jinzai Power Rangers Fighting the Enemy in a Global Society?
Yuki Ohsawa
10. Charismatic Actors and Devout Audiences: Kabuki Meets Anime in Super Kabuki II

Discussion Papers—highlighting undergraduate research

Ilya Leonov
2. ‘Great Nobi Earthquake’ series from the ‘Kusakabe Kimbei Album (6)’: aesthetic perception of a documentary narrative in Japanese souvenir photography


Timothy Iles
1. Yumeno Kyûsaku - Three Very Short Stories