Dr. Kinko Ito


Dr. Kinko Ito – 伊藤琴子

Stabler Hall 405
Office: 569.3170
Email: kxito@ualr.edu

Dr. Kinko Ito received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ohio State University. She is nationally and internationally known for her research on Japanese popular culture (especially manga comics) and the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan. A Sociology of Japanese Ladies’ Comics: Images of the Life, Loves, and Sexual Fantasies of Adult Japanese Women, her harbinger work on women’s comics, the first kind in the world, was published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2011.

Some of Dr. Ito’s recent publications include “Popular Mass Entertainment in Japan: Manga, Pachinko, and Cosplay” (2014), “An Elderly Ainu Man’s Story: Ethnography” (2014), “Osamu Tezuka: His Life, Works, and Contributions to the History of Modern Japanese Comics” (2011), “Chikae Ide – The Queen of Japanese Ladies’ Comics: Her Life and Manga” (2011), “Framing the Sensual: Japanese Sexuality in Ladies’ Comics” (2011), “New Trends in the Production of Japanese Ladies’ Comics: Diversification and Catharsis” (2009), “The Touching and the Sensual in Japanese Ladies’ Comics: an Interview with Asako Shiomi” (2008),  “Masako Watanabe: 50 Years of Making Girls’ and Ladies’ Comics in Japan” (2008), “Manga in Japanese History” (2008), “China in Japanese Manga: A Not-So-Funny Controversy” (2008), “Manga Introduction to China and Its Implication for Global Education” (2007), “Middle-Aged Japanese Women’s Love Affair with ‘Winter Sonata’” (2006), and “A One Week Retreat at a Zen Monastery in Japan” (2005).

Dr. Ito visited Hokkaido in 2011, 2012, and 2014 and made a documentary film about the Ainu.  Have You Heard About the Ainu? Elders of Japan’s Indigenous People Speak took part in Film Festivals all over the globe. It is now available for viewing on YouTube.  The film features in-depth interviews of several Ainu elderly men and women. It also has an original soundtrack based on Ainu music by Professor Robert Boury.

Dr. Ito has been to more than 80 countries, and she loves to travel. Gourmet Food, Scrub, and Happiness in Body and Seoul: A Short Visit to South Korea and Pantyless in Scandinavia and Other Escapades of World Travel, her travelogues with sociological twists are available at Amazon.com. She loves cooking and enjoys karaoke in her spare time.