Andrew Lee traces the origins of Japan's contemporary cute/sexy/violent imagery.  He explains the concept of kawaii (cuteness), quotes Murakami, discusses pornographic manga,  and interviews a female manga artist.  A challenge to traditional ideals of Japanese beauty?  A reflection of the artist's hurt soul? A cute gag that juxtaposes cuteness and violence?  A clever parody?  Lee discusses the possibilities in light of Japan's post-war economic history. 
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Andrew LEE

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English

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9 – 10 Jul 2005

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The Financial Times, 9 – 10 Jul 2005, Section Weekend Arts, p. W7

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