"Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential" is a must for anyone curious about the girls that dominate Japan's pop culture. For years schoolgirls have shown up in internationally popular anime and manga such as "Sailor Moon," "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" and "Blood: The Last Vampire." There are kick-ass schoolgirl characters in video games like "Street Fighter." Quentin Tarantino included one as an assassin in "Kill Bill," and magazines such as WIRED keep an eye on the trends emerging among these stylish teens.
With chapters covering everything from sailor-suited pop-idols and cult movie vixens, to the power of shopping and uniform fashion, "Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential" takes you beyond the realm of everyday schoolgirls to discover the secrets behind this iconic creature. Learn the origins of their famous sailor-style uniforms, and how they became a brand used to sell anything from kimchi to insurance. Discover why these girls have become such a symbol of girl power, and why they are so very, very cool!
Brian Ashcraft is the author of "Arcade Mania!" and a senior contributing editor for the video game site Kotaku.com, one of the world's most read blogs.© Japan Today