School of Culture, Media and SocietyWaseda University


Hitomi Yoshio

Hitomi-Yoshio-1Hitomi Yoshio


Associate Professor


Ph.D. (Japanese Literature) Columbia University

M.A. (Japanese Literature) Columbia University

M.A. (English Literature) The University of Tokyo

Academic Career

  • Florida International University, Assistant Professor (2012-2016)


Modern Japanese literature, contemporary Japanese literature, women’s studies, gender studies, translation, comparative literature.

Research Interests

History of Japanese women’s literature, women’s coming-of-age narratives, literary modernism, reception and translation of western literature in Japan.

Book in progress

  • Female Authorship and the Cultures of Publishing and Translation in Japan: 1895-1935.


  • “Performing the Woman Writer: Literature, Media, and Gender Politics in Tamura Toshiko’s Akirame and “Onna sakusha”.” Japanese Language and Literature 48 (2014): 205-236.
  • Introduction to “Virginia Woolf, “The Tale of Genji: The First Volume of Mr. Arthur Waley’s Translation of a Great Japanese Novel by the Lady Murasaki”.” Reading The Tale of Genji: Sources From the First Millennium, edited by Thomas Harper and Haruo Shirane. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. 564-569.
  • “Virginia Woolf’s Obituaries in Japan on the Brink of the Pacific War.” Virginia Woolf Bulletin 16 (2004): 18-23.


English translations of short stories by Mieko Kawakami:

  • “My Baby.” Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 6 (2016): 117-122.
  • “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Pleiades 36.1 (2016): 65-67.
  • “The Elephant’s Eye is Burning, Burning.” Denver Quarterly, University of Denver 50.1 (2015): 48-52.
  • “About Her and the Memories That Belong to Her.” Granta, July 2015.
  • “The Thirteenth Month.” Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 5 (2015): 25-43.
  • “Where Have All the Sundays Gone?” Special Issue: On Memory: New Japanese Writing, Words without Borders, March 2015.
  • “The Little Girl Blows Up Her Pee Anxiety, My Heart Races.” Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 4 (2014): 102-106.
  • “Dreams of Love, etc.” Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 3 (2013): 157-167.
  • “A Once-Perfect Day for Bananafish.” Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 2 (2012): 58-62.
    Reprinted in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading vol.12, no.4, April 2013.

Professional Affiliations & Public Service

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Asian Studies (AAS)
  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
  • American Literary Translators Association (ALTA)

Public Service

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  • Monumenta Nipponica
  • Japanese Language and Literature

Researcher Database

About JCulP

The Global Studies in Japanese Culture Program (JCulP) offers a total immersion global learning experience with a mixture of Japanese and international students and faculty members. What sets JCulP apart from other programs is the unique opportunity it provides to study Japanese literature and culture in English, while learning the Japanese language in an immersion setting. With an interdisciplinary approach and a flexible curriculum, students will be able to tailor their education to their own interests and intellectual curiosities.

Message to Prospective Students

Waseda University has a rich tradition in literary culture and arts, from the forefather of modern Japanese literature Tsubouchi Shoyo to the internationally renowned contemporary author Haruki Murakami. In JCulP, you will be able to not only study Japan’s literary tradition going back over 1,000 years, but also explore and access its current vibrant creative subcultures. By framing Japanese culture from the standpoint of global and comparative perspectives, we will cultivate global self-awareness and multiple perspectives that will help you become global citizens in the new millennium.


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