Position

Casual Academic
Humanities and Creative Arts

Biography

Journalist and interpreter by profession (and photographer and traveller by hobby), Tets Kimura is currently exploring how Japanese fashion acts as a vehicle of Japan’s soft power in Australia at Flinders University with co-supervision from the University of Tokyo.

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts (Journalism, University of South Australia)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Philosophy, Flinders University)

Honours, awards and grants

  • Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (Flinders University, 2017-2018)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Flinders University, 2013-2016)
  • Paul Varley Award (Japan Studies Association, USA, 2016)
  • Academic Internship Program (Flinders University, 2017)
  • Australian Political Studies Association Conference Postgraduate Travel Award (Monash University, 2017)
  • Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge (Embassy of France, Australian Academy of Science, 2017)
  • Asian Studies Association of Australia Postgraduate Conference Award (Australian National University, 2016)
  • Bursary support for Looking Back, Looking Forward: Japanese Studies in Australia Conference (Monash University, 2016)
  • Japan Foundation Mini Grant (for inviting Prof Keiji Sawada of Waseda University to Flinders History Seminar) (Japan Foundation, 2016)
  • Research Student Conference Travel Grant (Flinders University, 2016)
  • Scholarship for the postwar 70th anniversary conference "Wounds, Scars, and Healing" (University of Sydney, 2015)
  • Asia Pacific Week Delegate (Australian National University, 2015)
  • School of International Studies Postgraduate Conference Funding (Flinders University, 2014)
  • School of International Studies Research Student Project Funding (Flinders University, 2013)
  • Japanese Studies Association of Australia 2013 Conference Scholarship (Australian National University, 2013)
  • Photo Exhibition "People in the Himalayas" (Flinders Asia Centre and School of International Studies, 2012)
  • Travel grant and bursary support for the British Centre for Literary Translation Summer School (University of East Anglia and Nippon Foundation, 2012)
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Divisional PhD Scholarship (Adelaide University, 2010)
  • Japan Foundation Travel Support Grant (Japan Foundation, 2010)
  • Scholarship for Pukyong Exchange Program (Pukyong National University and University of South Australia, 2009)

Key responsibilities

  • Council member of the Asian Studies Association of Australia as postgraduate representative (2015 - 2017)
  • General committee member of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (SA/NT Branch) since 2014
  • Board member of Flinders' Faculty of Social and Behaviour Sciences as PhD representative (2012 - 2014)

Publications

  • Kimura, T. (2017). Exploring the Theoretical Meaning of Rei Kawakubo: Two Waves of Japanese Fashion in the West and Georg Simmel’s Fashion Dualism. In Rex Butler, ed. Rei Kawakubo: For and Against Fashion. Brisbane: Editions Three.
  • Kimura, T. (2017). Understanding Cool Japan: Validity of Fashion as a Vehicle of Soft Power. In A. Peirson-Smith, V. Karaminas, and J. Hancock II, ed. Communicating Transcultural Fashion Narratives: Image, Identity, Ideology. Bristol: Intellect.
  • Kimura, T. (2017). Book Review: Murakami, Haruki., 2017, Kishidancho Goroshi (Killing Commendatore), Tokyo: Shinchosha, Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 17(2)
  • Kimura, T. (2016). Asian pop: China’s new power confrontation. Asian Currents, Jan-Feb
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2016). Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion. Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty and Style, 5(2)
    [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2016). Will Shinkai Makoto be the next Miyazaki? A review of Shinkai’s animations including the latest short-film “Cross Road” Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 16(1)
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2015). A Discourse of Japanese Fashion ‘Discovered’? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 15(1) pp. 130-132.
    [10.1080/14434318.2015.1040537]
  • Kimura, T. (2015). The World of Mortimer Menpes: Painter, Etcher, Raconteur. The Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 31 pp. 139-142.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2015). Truth the first casualty in reporting on Japan's whaling culture. Asian Currents, March-June
    [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2014). Focus on Japan. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture, 18(4) pp. 497-504.
    [10.2752/175174114X13996533400277]
  • Kimura, T. (2012). Tets Kimura Photos: People in the Himalayas. Flinders Central Library
  • Kimura, T. (2010). Whaling and Media: A cross-cultural and bilingual analysis of Australian and Japanese newspaper reporting on Japan’s Southern Ocean whaling. Masters. University of South Australia
  • Kimura, T. (2015). Japanese fashion influences in Australia: A comprehensive print media analysis. In FASH7 Proceedings. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary.Net. The Fashion Project: Exploring Critical Issues: 7th Global Meeting. Oxford. Sep 2015, pp. 1-12.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2014). Japanese Fashion in Australia: Will Uniqlo and Australia make a fairy tale couple? In D-Y Lee, ed. JSAA2013 Proceedings. Canberra, ACT: Australian National University. 18th Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia. Canberra, ACT. Jul 2013, pp. 1-13.
    [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2017). Japan’s Soft Power: A Case Study of Uniqlo and AKB48. Japan Studies Association Journal, 15
  • Kimura, T. and Lin, S.Y. (2017). Creation of Contemporary Taiwanese Fashion: A Shift in Tainan City towards Original Design. Fashion Practice,
    [10.1080/17569370.2016.1235215]
  • Kimura, T. (2014). Newspaper Reporting of Whaling in Australia and Japan: A Comparative Content Analysis. New Voices, 6 pp. 173-198.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2013). Applying Taurek's 'Should the Numbers count?' to (un)justify Hiroshima and Nagasaki: A combination of historiography and applied ethics. The Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 29 pp. 20-40.
    [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2015). Japanese fashion influences in Australia: A comprehensive print media analysis. In FASH7 Proceedings. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary.Net. The Fashion Project: Exploring Critical Issues: 7th Global Meeting. Oxford. Sep 2015, pp. 1-12.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2014). Japanese Fashion in Australia: Will Uniqlo and Australia make a fairy tale couple? In D-Y Lee, ed. JSAA2013 Proceedings. Canberra, ACT: Australian National University. 18th Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia. Canberra, ACT. Jul 2013, pp. 1-13.
    [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2017). Japan’s Soft Power: A Case Study of Uniqlo and AKB48. Japan Studies Association Journal, 15
  • Kimura, T. and Lin, S.Y. (2017). Creation of Contemporary Taiwanese Fashion: A Shift in Tainan City towards Original Design. Fashion Practice,
    [10.1080/17569370.2016.1235215]
  • Kimura, T. (2014). Newspaper Reporting of Whaling in Australia and Japan: A Comparative Content Analysis. New Voices, 6 pp. 173-198.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2013). Applying Taurek's 'Should the Numbers count?' to (un)justify Hiroshima and Nagasaki: A combination of historiography and applied ethics. The Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 29 pp. 20-40.
    [Web Link]
  • Kimura, T. (2017). Understanding Cool Japan: Validity of Fashion as a Vehicle of Soft Power. In A. Peirson-Smith, V. Karaminas, and J. Hancock II, ed. Communicating Transcultural Fashion Narratives: Image, Identity, Ideology. Bristol: Intellect.
  • Kimura, T. (2017). Exploring the Theoretical Meaning of Rei Kawakubo: Two Waves of Japanese Fashion in the West and Georg Simmel’s Fashion Dualism. In Rex Butler, ed. Rei Kawakubo: For and Against Fashion. Brisbane: Editions Three.
  • Kimura, T. (2017). Book Review: Murakami, Haruki., 2017, Kishidancho Goroshi (Killing Commendatore), Tokyo: Shinchosha, Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 17(2)
  • Kimura, T. (2016). Will Shinkai Makoto be the next Miyazaki? A review of Shinkai’s animations including the latest short-film “Cross Road” Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 16(1)
    [Web Link] [Web Link]

Professional and community engagement

He is a member of

  • Australian Fashion Research Network
  • Art Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Australian Political Studies Association
  • Asian Studies Association of Australia
  • Japanese Studies Association of Australia
  • European Association for Japanese Studies
  • Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators

He has peer-reviewed papers for

  • Journal of International & Intercultural Communication
  • Journalism and Mass Communication

He is an editorial board member of

  • Flinders Journal of History and Politics

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Asia
  • Culture
  • International relations
  • Japan
  • Media

Interests

  • Australia-Japan Relations
  • Fashion Studies
  • Soft Power

Contact

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Location: Humanities Building (103)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Further information

He represented South Australia in two different sports, judo and ultimate frisbee.

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