AOYAMA Tomoko is an Honorary Associate Professor of Japanese at The University of Queensland, Australia. Her research field is modern and contemporary Japanese literature and culture, with special interests in parody, gender, humour and ageing. She is the author of Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature (2008) and co-editor of Girl Reading Girl in Japan (with Barbara Hartley, 2010) and Configurations of Family in Contemporary Japan (with Laura Dales and Romit Dasgupta, 2015). Her recent publications include: ‘Ame no Uzume crosses boundaries’ (2018) and ‘Youthful first impressions: Tsurumi Kazuko and Shunsuke in Australia, 1937’ (2020). She has also co-translated two novels by Kanai Mieko, Indian Summer and Oh, Tama!, as well as short stories and essays by Itō Hiromi, Mishima Yukio, Honda Masuko and others.