Dr. Helena Grinshpun is currently
a Research Fellow at the Truman Research Institute of the Hebrew University,
Jerusalem. In 2009 she completed her doctorate in anthropology and Japanese
studies at Kyoto University, Japan. Her PhD thesis dealt with the incorporation
of global cultural commodities in Japan. During her PhD, Helena also taught at
the Theology Department of Doshisha University and at the Logos Seminary, Kyoto.
Since 2010 she has been teaching courses on Japanese contemporary society and culture
at the East Asian Department of the Hebrew University.
research interests are cultural representation, structuring of public space, gender
and consumer behaviour. Her current project focuses on the history of consumer
education in Japan. Helena's recent research project on consumption and public
space in urban Japan, conducted in affiliation with the International Centre
for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, is to be published in the forthcoming issue of Japan
Review. Her other publications include essays on coffee as a cultural
commodity in Japan and Israel, and a comparative study of Japanese and Jewish