Return to Your Name film guide

  • Gerster, Julia & Elizabeth Maly. “Japan’s Disaster Memorial Museums and framing 3.11: Othering the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in cultural memory.” Contemporary Japan, 2022, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 187 -209.
  • Harris, Chauncy. “The Urban and the Industrial Transformation of Japan.” Geographical Review, vol. 72, no. 1, 1982, pp. 50-89.
  • Hoagland, Linda. “Protest Art in 1950s Japan: The Forgotten Reportage Painters.” MIT Visualizing Cultures. Accessed May 18, 2023.
  • Jesty, Justin. “Tokyo 1960: Days of Rage & Grief.” MIT Visualizing Cultures. Accessed May 18, 2023.
  • Low, Morris. Visualizing Nuclear Power in Japan: A Trip to the Reactor. Springer, 2020.
  • Mihic, Tamaki. Re-Imagining Japan after Fukushima. Australia National University Press, 2020.
  •  “Nuclear Power Plants in Japan.” The Federation of Electric Power Companies in Japan. Accessed May 16, 2023.
  • Oguma, Eiji. “A New Wave Against the Rock: New social movements in Japan since the Fukushima nuclear meltdown.” Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, vol. 14, no. 2, 2016, Accessed May 16, 2023.
  • Teng, Tim Shao-Hung. “Time, disaster, new media: Your Name as a mind-game film.” New Review of Film and Television Studies, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 459-488.
  • Thelen, Timo. “Disaster and Salvation in the Japanese Periphery: “The Rural” in Shinkai Makoto’s Kimi no na wa (Your Name).” ffk Journal, no. 4, 2019, pp. 215-230.
  • Ulak, “Kiyochika’s Tokyo: Master of Modern Melancholy.” MIT Visualizing Cultures. Accessed May 18, 2023.
  • “Urban Population  – Japan.” The World Bank. Accessed May 17, 2023.


Online Resources

  •  MIT Visualizing Cultures includes units of visual and textual narrative on Japanese modernization in the late 19th and early 20th century as well as units on Japanese protest culture referenced in the text above. The site also contains lesson plans.
  • Columbia University’s Asia for Educators site provides resources, timelines, and modules about Asia that cover the premodern and modern periods.
  • Prof. Jon Pitt’s Nature: Mono Podcast introduces scholarship on various topics in the environmental humanities in Japanese studies. The conversations are scholarly.