order of appearance)
For more information about issues raised in each character's segment in the film, click on her name below.
For issues, literature and websites related to women in Japan in general, visit this class website.
RYUKO KUBOTA Faculty
member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and native
of Ueda city, Nagano Prefecture, Ryuko Kubota is widely known for her provocative writing on
the politics of multiculturalism.
famous painter, Taeko Tomiyama uses art to champion
human rights. The Tokyo exhibit shown in this film dramatizes the plight of an impoverished
Thai woman who falls into the hands of Japanese gangsters.
Chair of the Hokkaido branch of the Women's International League for Peace
and Freedom, Yoshiko Nakata regularly leaves her Sapporo home to visit other countries to
organize on behalf of women and children in developing nations.
Born in Cebu, Phillippines, Lourdes Matsumoto trained as a professional
dancer before coming to Japan. A wife, mother, and farmer, she now leads an active life in Furano,
ROHEI SHIMADA Born
in Sichuan, China, Rohei Shimada graduated from Hiroshima Shudo University
before her marriage to a Japanese farmer from Hokkaido. She now lives together with her husband,
their daughter Choko, and her in-laws in Furano where the family operates a melon farm.
JAN BARDSLEY teaches Japanese women's studies,
literature and popular culture at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book The Bluestockings of Japan: Feminist Fiction and Essays
from Seitô, 1911-16 was published by the Center for Japanese Studies, Ann Arbor, MI in 2007.
She is coauthor of the book Bad Girls of Japan published by Palgrave Press in 2005.