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. Reki-jo are a kind of otaku, people obsessed with a particular interest. Economic activity relating to the fad generates US$725 million per year.
Reki-jo is a contraction of "girls who like history" (歴史好きの女子 rekishi-zuki no joshi?).
Persons of interest
The Shinsengumi are a common interest of reki-jo. Other historical figures commonly of interest to reki-jo include:
- Date Masamune
- Sanada Yukimura
- Ishida Mitsunari
- Naoe Kanetsugu
- Sakamoto Ryoma
- Hijikata Toshizō
- Tetsuzō Iwamoto
Model Anne Watanabe, daughter of actor Ken Watanabe, is a notable reki-jo.
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- Kuhn, Anthony (April 13, 2010). "For Japanese Women, The Past Is The Latest Fad". NPR.
- Joe, Melinda (7 May 2010). "Make a date with Japan's fanatical 'history girls'". CNN.
- "Yahoo! 辞書 - 歴女" (in Japanese). Yahoo!. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
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