Ryoko Nishijima

Ryoko Nishijima is a doctoral candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology with topical interests in travel and imagination. Although her main field site is Japan, she is most interested in its transnational encounters with what are broadly referred to as “Asia” and the “West.” Her research concerns the ways in which imagined Japan is constructed through online media, especially focusing on tourists as the particular agents who participate in the circulation of these images. Her current project looks at online travel blogs and photo albums as the main platforms where tourists upload bits and pieces of Japan in the form of text and images, thus allowing certain memories of Japan to be archived and discovered. These are significant loci to observe practices that contribute to perpetuating “imagined Japan” within the cyberspace.