Fiona Graham/SAYUKI speaks at Good Day Books Ebisu Sun Dec 5


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Forwarding by request of the speaker:
Speaker: Fiona Graham

Topic: “The Japanese Company, Then and Now”
When: Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, 05 December 2010
Admission: Buy a copy of A Japanese Company in Crisis or Inside the Japanese Company from our shop

Fiona Graham is an Australian anthropologist and a producer/director of anthropological documentaries. She has directed and produced programmes for NHK – Japan’s national broadcaster – and has also worked on programs for National Geographic, Channel 4, and BBC. She was the first white woman to graduate as a regular student from Keio University. Subsequently she worked for one of the top ten Japanese insurance companies. She took her MBA and doctorate at the University of Oxford, has lectured at the National University of Singapore, and is currently lecturing at Keio University. She has done fieldwork in both the UK and Japan, in Tokyo’s night world, in Japanese companies, with Japanese traditional sports teams, and in the world of anime and popular culture. Her current fieldwork is on geisha and traditional Japanese culture. In 2007, she became the first white woman to debut as a geisha and is now a working geisha in the Asakusa district of Tokyo.

She is author of: A Japanese Company in Crisis: Ideology, Strategy, and Narrative (Routledge-Curzon, 2005); Playing at Politics: An Ethnography of the Oxford Union (Dunedin Academic Press, 2005); and Inside the Japanese Company (Routledge-Curzon, 2003).


One comment on “Fiona Graham/SAYUKI speaks at Good Day Books Ebisu Sun Dec 5

  • Oh no! Seen this?

    Reading between the lines it seems a case of “cultural differences” ie. the sempai tachi wanted to be consulted over every little thing, and with Fiona having family problems is was just all too much for her and she freaked out, but I am speculating.

    The rules she had to deal with do seem a bit petty though, and probably impossible to follow due to time constraints. They complain she used pre recorded backing music, but the cost of hiring a band of session musicians is very prohibitive in Japan.

    Perhaps both sides were at fault, but you would think after whats happened they would make a bit more room for foreigners bothering to come here and trying to do something Japanese, promote Japan in a positive on Oprah no less, but not so. Sumo, Geisha etc many other areas remain as inflexible as ever. Or maybe someone was jealous?

    Anyway, give it a read.


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