The patriarchal values of the Samurai are alive and well in modern Japanese corporate culture. It is said that women are underappreciated, yet even during the Samurai era itself they played a vital role. Well educated and politically savvy, Samurai wives held considerable influence over their households, and in turn society. In this talk, Maya Yamashita, a Tokyo- based researcher on romance and sexuality and author of the books Tokyo: Departing for Global Love is going to explore the underutilised potential of Japanese women, and how they might be able to learn from the past and make their mark on Japanese society.
A Tokyo native, Maya Yamashita is a graduate of Keio University Faculty of Letters. She’s published three books in Japanese, two in English, and currently writes for ‘La Feminite’.
Her area of interest surrounds the culture and history of Asian women, with a view towards continued empowerment and understanding.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx