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N'Donna Russell

I am a passionate researcher of Japanese Popular Culture, focused in Shoujo (girls’) manga, as well as Fan cultures in and outside of Japan. I enjoy exploring the links between fandom and identity.

You can follow me on twitter – @misuthewitch

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Latest posts by N'Donna Russell

31 March 2018

Experience Tokyo's ‘Street of the Day’ With YouTuber Mimei

Popular Tokyo-based vlogger Mimei shows off the various streets of Japan's most populous city, one day at a time on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and other social media channels.

14 March 2018

‘Aesthetics Japan’ Tweets the Beauty of Japan, From Neon Lights to Misty Mountaintops

“It was traditional Edo architecture and nature that attracted me to it. Then as I grew older, the neon lights of Tokyo made me love it all over again.”

24 August 2015

A Japanese Woman’s Impressive Appetite Leaves the Internet Hungry for More

Yuka Kinoshita has gained famed for the sheer amount of food she can pack away. She uploads her videos to YouTube.

17 August 2015

The Hilarious Mystery Surrounding Items Forgotten on Japanese Trains

A Matome Naver user has compiled a list of perplexing items that Twitter users have found inside train cars, including a brass tea kettle, a bonsai tree and a tomato.

27 July 2015

Unintentionally Amusing Illustrations Found in Japanese Textbooks

"Thanks to these illustrations, I'm unable to concentrate while studying, haha."

15 July 2015

Developer, President, Gamer: the World Says Goodbye to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

Popular Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has died, leaving gaming fans around the world to mourn his loss.

9 July 2015

Japan's Cosplay Culture Helps a Global Community Experiment With Identity

Cosplay, a term that describes dressing up like fictional characters, transcends ethnic and cultural borders and promotes personal empowerment.

30 June 2015

Japan's ‘Too Handsome’ Gorilla Is a Social Media Sensation

Some outside Japan wrote the story off as another “Weird Japan” piece, but that didn't sit well with everyone.

24 June 2015

What Sailor Moon Means to Women All Over the World

Sailor Moon may seem like a cutesy cartoon intended just for anime maniacs, but a closer looks shows that the program includes themes of women's empowerment and independence.

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