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Reki-jo (歴女?) are Japanese women history buffs, who also may use the speech and mannerisms of pre-industrial Japan in their social gatherings.[1] Reki-jo are a kind of otaku, people obsessed with a particular interest.[2] Economic activity relating to the fad generates US$725 million per year.[3]


Reki-jo is a contraction of "girls who like history" (歴史好きの女子 rekishi-zuki no joshi?).[4]

Persons of interest

The Shinsengumi are a common interest of reki-jo.[2] Other historical figures commonly of interest to reki-jo include:

  • Date Masamune
  • Sanada Yukimura
  • Ishida Mitsunari
  • Naoe Kanetsugu
  • Sakamoto Ryoma
  • Hijikata Toshizō
  • Tetsuzō Iwamoto

Notable reki-jo

Model Anne Watanabe, daughter of actor Ken Watanabe, is a notable reki-jo.[2]

See also


  1. Hawking, Richard (January 2010). "reki-jo". ELP web. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kuhn, Anthony (April 13, 2010). "For Japanese Women, The Past Is The Latest Fad". NPR. 
  3. Joe, Melinda (7 May 2010). "Make a date with Japan's fanatical 'history girls'". CNN. 
  4. "Yahoo! 辞書 - 歴女" (in Japanese). Yahoo!. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 

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