University of Tsukuba (Japan)
Nargiz BALGIMBAYEVA is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Tsukuba. She has been interested in Japanese culture since junior high school and later started studying Japanese Linguistics at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. After having an opportunity of one-year studying at the University of Tsukuba as an exchange student and getting a bachelor degree in Kazakhstan, she enters the Universiy of Tsukuba for the Special Program in Japanese and Central Eurasian Studies (1+3 Combined MA and Ph.D. Program). The main areas of her interest are Japanese popular culture (especially anime and games), Japanese folklore and mythology, yōkai (supernatural creatures and phenomena).
Participation in MUTUAL IMAGES RESEARCH ASSOCIATION events
Japan Pop Culture Workshop (2017):
"The Re-creation of Yōkai Character Images in the Context of Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture: An Example of the Yo-kai Watch Anime Series"