For those who are interested in the intersection of history, art, and technology, a computer science undergrad (@Cascadesssss on Twitter) has produced an OpenStreetMap plotting nearly 300 ukiyo-e prints according to the locations they represent across Japan’s archipelago.
The map started out with three sets of Hiroshige prints, but now has expanded to include not only Hiroshige’s “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo,” “Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces,” and “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido,” but also his “Eight views of Ōmi” and Hokusai’s “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji.”
Hovering on any of the locations will give you a little preview of the print, but clicking on each item will pull up the full image.
This site is a really fun way to explore representations of these famous locations as they were depicted during the Edo period.
Are they the same after roughly 200 years? You be the judge! You can check them out at https://www.ukiyo-emap.com/
Boston Career Forum 2019
Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 3, 2019
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)
415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
An opportunity for Japanese-English bilinguals to meet industry professionals! See the video below for more information.
Website: http://massconvention.com/, https://careerforum.net/en/event/bos/
Possesses a minimum of beginner level in both Japanese and English and one of the following:
- Recent graduates or students currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or higher degree program (Master, MBA, Ph.D., etc.) outside of Japan or with at least one year of study outside of Japan
- Professionals with study abroad or work experience outside of Japan
Social Trauma, Narrative Memory, and Recovery in Japanese Literature and Film
David C. Stahl
This book provides a comprehensive analysis of major works in Japanese literature and film through the interpretive lens of trauma and PTSD studies. Focusing critical attention on the psychodynamics and enduring psychosocial aftereffects of social trauma, it also evaluates the themes of dissociation, failed mourning, and psychological defense fantasies.
Building on earlier studies, this book emphasizes the role of protagonists in managing to effect partial recovery by composing memoirs in which they transform dissociated traumatic memory into articulate, narrative memory or bring about advanced recovery by pioneering alternative means of orally communicating, working through, and overcoming debilitating personal histories of traumatization and victimization. In so doing, Stahl also demonstrates that what holds true on the individual and microcosmic level, also does so on the collective and macrocosmic level.
This new critical approach sheds important new light on canonical Japanese novels and films and enables recognition and appreciation of integral psychosocial aspects of these traumatic narratives. As such, the book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Japanese film and literature, as well as those of trauma studies.
For more information: https://www.routledge.com/Social-Trauma-Narrative-Memory-and-Recovery-in-Japanese-Literature-and/Stahl/p/book/9781138019362
Whether inventive takes on origami and paper art in general, our Fun Link Fridays have seen a lot of cool designs! This week we have another oldie but goodie: the work of Nakamura Haruki, who brings movement to his paper artistry.
Business Insider has highlighted two particular designs by the self-taught Nakamura, the first being paper gears that move and transform. Nakamura designs them first on computers before carefully constructing the final product:
The second type of mobile paper designs are a bit more simple in appearance, though no less complex in design: small animals that can come to life with a single touch!
Nakamura sells his designs on his website, which can be found here. It looks like some parts of the site might be down, but there’s still fascinating designs to catch a glimpse of there. Happy Friday!
Transnational Nazism: Ideology and Culture in German-Japanese Relations, 1919–1936
Ricky W. Law
Book website: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/transnational-nazism/3A72AC2415A209D3ACF3C934A1740DD5
In 1936, Nazi Germany and militarist Japan built a partnership which culminated in the Tokyo-Berlin Axis. This study of interwar German-Japanese relations is the first to employ sources in both languages. Transnational Nazism was an ideological and cultural outlook that attracted non-Germans to become adherents of Hitler and National Socialism, and convinced German Nazis to identify with certain non-Aryans. Because of the distance between Germany and Japan, mass media was instrumental in shaping mutual perceptions and spreading transnational Nazism. This work surveys the two national media to examine the impact of transnational Nazism. When Hitler and the Nazi movement gained prominence, Japanese newspapers, lectures and pamphlets, nonfiction, and language textbooks transformed to promote the man and his party. Meanwhile, the ascendancy of Hitler and his regime created a niche for Japan in the Nazi worldview and Nazified newspapers, films, nonfiction, and voluntary associations.
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There have been a lot of wonderful articles and even exhibits recently on the importance of acknowledging the color shaped premodern societies as much as our interpretations of them. Although we’re accustomed to seeing classical statues of Greek or Roman persons as stark white marble or ancient deities of East Asian cultures in the dark shades of their wooden or clay materials, vivid coloring was an essential part of bringing these figures to life for viewers.
On the Japan side, we have one example of this kind of work that’s gone public in the last few years: a statue of the Buddhist deity Shukongojin from 733 CE that is a treasure of the temple in Todaiji in Nara. A special figure only shown to the public once a year, the Shukongojin figure was studied by researchers of Tokyo University to find pigment fragments and digitally reconstruct the colors. The result is pretty amazing! Here’s a side-by-side of the original and the digital recreation:
It looks like the original Asahi Shimbun article on this project has since moved or been deleted, but you can find some deeper history on the subject of this object at The History Blog.
Though the colors above might seem more flamboyant than intimidating to our modern sensibilities, even now they’re awe-inspiring! Particularly if you’ve ever seen some of these statues in person– they absolutely loom large over the viewer.
The richness of colors and metal accents also demonstrated the divine nature of the figure (and showcased the wealth and power of patrons).
Of course, I can’t help but look at things like this other Shukongojin statue on the left and think about what a more terrifying image he’d be in full color and gold gilding…!