Student Style: 80s Tokyo

An amusing sentence about image conscious, rather than intellectually curious, higher-education students in Tanaka Yasuo’s Akutagawa-winning  novel that served to announce the new consumeristic sensibility of the nascent bubble period culture.

大学だって、国文科よりは英文科や仏文科に行っている方が、カッコいいと思われる。朝鮮語の辞書よりは、フランス語の辞書を片手に歩いている方が、さまになると思われている。

田中康夫

 

田中康夫『なんとなく、クリスタル』

Tanaka, Yasuo. Nantonaku, Crystal.

 1980

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This blog entry on Neojapanisme appears to be one of the only English language sources of information on the novel.

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