The Journal of Japanese Studies



Ambient Literature and the Aesthetics of Calm:
Mood Regulation in Contemporary Japanese Fiction

During the “healing boom” of the late 1990s, Japanese media promoted calming products as a way to deal with the stresses of contemporary life. Such emphasis reflected a longer-term cultural shift toward using media as tools of personal mood regulation. In this essay, I explore how contemporary Japanese literature has reconfigured its affective appeals to both compete with and reflect upon this mood-regulating culture, ultimately leading to the emergence of what I call “ambient literature.” I then situate this literature within larger debates about infantilization and self-care in contemporary Japanese media.

Volume 35, Number 1 (Winter 2009)
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