Read Japanese Literature

Banana and the Bubble

August 23, 2022 Season 1 Episode 14
Read Japanese Literature
Banana and the Bubble
Show Notes

In this episode, we’re talking about Japan’s bubble economy of the 1980s and the work of Banana Yoshimoto.

Runaway consumer spending.

Everything kawaii.

A Nobel laureate’s contempt.

And a young author whose career challenged the publishings powers that be.

Content warning: This episode addresses transphobia as well as hate crimes against Asian Americans and trans women.

Notes and sources at the podcast episode website.