Ph.D. Yale University, 2004
Professor Takenaka specializes in social and cultural history of modern Japan. Her research involves memory and historiography of the Asia-Pacific War, gender and peace activism, and history museums. Her teaching interests include gender, war and society, nationalism, memory studies, and visual culture. Prior to coming to UK, she has taught as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan.
Professor Takenaka's first book, entitled Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory, and Japan's Unending Postwar (University of Hawai'i Press, Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University), explores Yasukuni Shrine as a physical space, object of visual and spatial representation, and site of spatial practice in order to highlight the complexity of Yasukuni’s past and critique the official narratives that postwar debates have responded to. Her second book project Mothers Against War: Gender, Motherhood, and Peace Activism in Postwar Japan is under advance contract with the University of Hawai'i Press. Her research has been funded by long-term research fellowships by Fulbright and the Japan Foundation.
Mothers Against War: Gender, Motherhood, and Peace Activism in Postwar Japan (under contract with the University of Hawai'i Press).
Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory and Japan’s Unending Postwar (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, and Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute Series, Columbia University 2015).
"Iijima Aiko (1932-2005): A Feminist's Fight Against Discrimination in Japan," in Francisca de Haas ed., The Palgrave Handbook of Communist Women Activists around the World (Palgrave, 2023), 327-398.
“Aestheticizing Sacrifice: Media, Education, and Ritual during the Asia-Pacific War,” in Minh Nguyen ed., New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics (Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), 179-191.
“Mobilizing Death: Bodies and Spirits of the Modern Japanese War Dead,” in Paul Corner and Jie-Hyun Lim eds., Palgrave Handbook of Mass Dictatorship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 351-363.
“Gender and Postwar Relief: Support for War-Widowed Mothers in Post Asia-Pacific War Japan,” Gender and History 28.3 (November 2016), 775-793.
"Collecting for Peace: Memories and Objects of the Asia-Pacific War," in Verge: Studies in Global Asias 1.2 (Fall 2015), 136-157.
“The Construction of a Wartime National Identity: Japanese Pavilions in Paris and New York,” in Rika Devos, Alexander Ortenberg, and Vladimir Paperny eds., Architecture of World Expositions 1937-1958: Reckoning with Global War (Ashgate Publishing, 2015), 71-80.
"Memory, Trauma, Art," in Beyond Hiroshima: The Return of the Repressed--Wartime Memory in Contemporary Japanese Photography and Video Art (Tel Aviv University, 2015), 45-56.
"Reactionary Nationalism and Museum Controversies: The Case of Peace Osaka," in The Public Historian 36.2 (May 2014): 75-98.
- “Politics of Representation or Representation of Politics? Yasukuni the Movie” in Review of Japanese Culture and Society (Winter 2009): 117-136.
- “Architecture for Mass-Mobilization: The Chūreitō Memorial Construction Movement, 1939-1945,” in Alan Tansman ed., The Culture of Japanese Fascism (Duke University Press, 2009), 235-253.
- “Enshrinement Politics: War Dead and War Criminals at Yasukuni Shrine,” in Japan Focus (posted June 7, 2007).
- “Exhibiting World War II in Japan and the United States,” in The Pacific Historical Review 76 (February 2007): 61-94 (with Laura Hein; revised version posted on Japan Focus on July 20, 2007.
- “Pan-Asianism vs. Changeless, Timeless Japan: The Construction of a Wartime National Identity,” in Thresholds 17 (Spring 1998): 63-68.
- “Yasukuni Shrine and Japan’s War Responsibility,” Japan Today, September 3, 2015.
- “Japanese Should Embrace Activism as Apology,” East Asia Forum, August 5, 2015.
- New Books on East Asian Studies podcast (Posted August 2016)