Japanese Robot Culture

Performance, Imagination, and Modernity

  • Yuji Sone

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Yuji Sone
    Pages 37-60
  3. Yuji Sone
    Pages 117-138
  4. Yuji Sone
    Pages 139-166
  5. Yuji Sone
    Pages 191-216
  6. Yuji Sone
    Pages 217-224
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-265

About this book


Japanese Robot Culture examines social robots in Japan, those in public, domestic, and artistic contexts. Unlike other studies, this book sees the robot in relation to Japanese popular culture, and argues that the Japanese ‘affinity’ for robots is the outcome of a complex loop of representation and social expectation in the context of Japan’s continuing struggle with modernity. Considering Japanese robot culture from the critical perspectives afforded by theatre and performance studies, this book is concerned with representations of robots and their inclusion in social and cultural contexts, which science and engineering studies do not address. The robot as a performing object generates meaning in staged events and situations that make sense for its Japanese observers and participants. This book examines how specific modes of encounter with robots in carefully constructed mises en scène can trigger reflexive, culturally specific, and often ideologically-inflected responses. 


Robot restaurants Hiroshi Ishiguro Robot culture in Japanese studies Social robotics in Japan Japanese Robotics and Popular Culture Robotics, Performance and Competitions Nationalism and robotics in Japan

Authors and affiliations

  • Yuji Sone
    • 1
  1. 1.Macquarie University SydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information