Book Announcement: Japanese–English Translation: An Advanced Guide

Japanese–English Translation: An Advanced Guide
Judy Wakabayashi

This volume is a textbook for aspiring translators of Japanese into English, as well as a reference work for professional Japanese–English translators and for translator educators. Underpinned by sound theoretical principles, it provides a solid foundation in the practice of Japanese–English translation, then extends this to more advanced levels. Features include:

    • 13 thematic chapters, with subsections that explore common pitfalls and challenges facing Japanese–English translators and the pros and cons of different procedures
    • exercises after many of these subsections
    • abundant examples drawn from a variety of text types and genres and translated by many different translators

This is an essential resource for postgraduate students of Japanese–English translation and Japanese language, professional Japanese–English translators and translator educators. It will also be of use and interest to advanced undergraduates studying Japanese.

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Book Announcement: Gender, Culture, and Disaster in Post-3.11 Japan

Gender, Culture, and Disaster in Post-3.11 Japan
Mire Koikari (Author)

The Great East Japan Disaster – a compound catastrophe of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown that began on March 11, 2011 – has ushered in a new era of cultural production dominated by discussions on safety and security, risk and vulnerability, and recovery and refortification. Gender, Culture, and Disaster in Post-3.11 Japan re-frames post-disaster national reconstruction as a social project imbued with dynamics of gender, race, and empire and in doing so Mire Koikari offers an innovative approach to resilience building in contemporary Japan.

From juvenile literature to civic manuals to policy statements, Koikari examines a vast array of primary sources to demonstrate how femininity and masculinity, readiness and preparedness, militarism and humanitarianism, and nationalism and transnationalism inform cultural formation and transformation triggered by the unprecedented crisis. Interdisciplinary in its orientation, the book reveals how militarism, neoliberalism, and neoconservatism drive Japan’s resilience building while calling attention to historical precedents and transnational connections that animate the ongoing mobilization toward safety and security.

An important contribution to studies of gender and Japan, the book is essential reading for all those wishing to understand local and global politics of precarity and its proposed solutions amid the rising tide of pandemics, ecological hazards, industrial disasters, and humanitarian crises.

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Call for Applicants: Online Summer Program in Japanese Cultural Studies

The title reads "Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies, 1st to the 12th August 2022: Tourism and Heritage in Post-Lockdown Japan." The background image shows a statue of a lion dog at a Shinto shrine wearing a face mask. The programme is supported by the Toshiba International Foundation and organised by the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, and the University of Teesside.The Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures are pleased to invite applications for the 2022 Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies, running from Monday 1st to Friday 12th August 2022. This programme is free for all attendees, requiring no prior training in Japanese or Japanese Studies, and is organised in partnership with the Toshiba International Foundation.

This edition of the programme considers directly the impacts of the Coronavirus on Japan. In collaboration with Teesside University’s Dr Christopher Hayes, the curriculum will be based around the theme of “Tourism and Heritage in Post-Lockdown Japan”.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 30th June 2022

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Book Announcement: Senmyō: Old Japanese Imperial Edicts in the National Histories 697-887

Senmyō: Old Japanese Imperial Edicts in the National Histories 697-887
Ross Bender

The Old Japanese edicts in Shoku Nihongi have been intensively if not exhaustively studied. Remarkably, the readings that Motoori Norinaga assigned to them in the eighteenth century are essentially in place still today. Senmyō, due to Norinaga’s prescribing of the canon, has come to be the categorization for these sixty-two imperial rescripts. However, little to no attention has been paid either in Japan or the West to a larger number of Old Japanese edicts in senmyōtai appearing in the later National Histories. In addition, the four ninth-century official court histories inscribed in classical Chinese — Nihon KōkiShoku Nihon KōkiNihon Montoku Tennō Jitsuroku, and Nihon Sandai Jitsuroku — have received nothing like the interest that has been devoted over the years to Nihon Shoki and Shoku Nihongi. Stylistically these later senmyō are very much like those in Shoku Nihongi, inscribed in Old Japanese with large and small characters.

This is the first complete English translation of all the Old Japanese edicts in the National histories, from the year 697 to the year 887. It includes an introduction to the edicts as historical and religious documents, and a brief introduction to each senmyōTranslations are presented in chronological order by the National History in which they are found. The book includes a bibliography and endnotes.

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Book Announcement: Designing Modern Japan

Designing Modern Japan
Sarah Teasley

From cars to cameras, design from Japan is ubiquitous. So are perceptions of Japanese design, from calming, carefully crafted minimalism to avant-garde fashion and street subcultures. But these portrayals overlook the creativity, generosity and sheer hard work that have gone into creating and maintaining design industries in Japan.

In Designing Modern Japan, Sarah Teasley deftly weaves together the personal stories of people who shaped and shape Japan’s design industries with social history, economic conditions and geopolitics. Key to the account is how design has been a strategy to help communities thrive during turbulent times, and to make life better along the way. Deeply researched and superbly illustrated, Designing Modern Japan will appeal to the wide audience for Japanese design, history and culture.

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Book Announcement: The Visual Culture of Meiji Japan: Negotiating the Transition to Modernity

The Visual Culture of Meiji Japan: Negotiating the Transition to Modernity
Edited By Ayelet Zohar, Alison J. Miller

This volume examines the visual culture of Japan’s transition to modernity, from 1868 to the first decades of the twentieth century.

Through this important moment in Japanese history, contributors reflect on Japan’s transcultural artistic imagination vis-a-vis the discernment, negotiation, assimilation, and assemblage of diverse aesthetic concepts and visual pursuits. The collected chapters show how new cultural notions were partially modified and integrated to become the artistic methods of modern Japan, based on the hybridization of major ideologies, visualities, technologies, productions, formulations, and modes of representation. The book presents case studies of creative transformation demonstrating how new concepts and methods were perceived and altered to match views and theories prevalent in Meiji Japan, and by what means different practitioners negotiated between their existing skills and the knowledge generated from incoming ideas to create innovative modes of practice and representation that reflected the specificity of modern Japanese artistic circumstances.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, Japanese studies, Asian studies, and Japanese history, as well as those who use approaches and methods related to globalization, cross-cultural studies, transcultural exchange, and interdisciplinary studies.

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2022 J>E eJuku Workshop

We are pleased to announce that the next JAT (Japan Association of Translators) eJuku session will be held as indicated below. For general information on eJuku, please visit the webpage “What is e-Juku?”

Spring 2022 J>E eJuku session

– Language direction: Japanese to English
– Format: online forum discussion and series of videoconference
– Period: mid-April through mid-May 2022 (see below)
– Fees: None
– Eligibility:

1. JAT membership through to the end of the session (non-members required to join JAT after being selected as eJuku participants)

2. Native or near-native English proficiency (eJuku is a place for polishing already impeccable English)

3. Ideally no more than a couple of years’ experience as a professional translator

4. High motivation to learn and pledge to participate actively in the planned videoconferences (ideally all of them) and forum discussions (ideally on a daily basis)-

– Tentative schedule:

Start of April: eJuku publicly announced; Call for Participants sent to inquirers

Call closed within 7 to 10 days

Applicants screened; participants selected and notified

Forum set up on Basecamp, session begins

Around the third week of April: Initial translation deadline

April 23, Saturday 10:00 a.m. JST: 1st videoconference & forum discussion
April 30, Saturday 10:00 a.m. JST: 2nd videoconference & forum discussion
May 7, Saturday 10:00 a.m. JST: 3rd videoconference & forum discussion
May 14, Saturday 10:00 a.m. JST: 4th videoconference & additional discussion

*Videoconferences are usually held on Saturday mornings 10:00 to 11:30 JST.

– Application and screening:

If you would like to know more about the upcoming eJuku session or are interested in participating, please write to Richard, the eJuku coordinator, immediately. He will send you a Call for Participants document, which will contain all necessary information, including the source text, for you to make a decision to apply. If there is overwhelming demand, the call may be closed when a reasonable limit to the number of applicants has been reached.

If you know anyone you think might be interested, please send this along to them.

Richard Sadowsky

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Online Intensive 1st-Year Japanese Language Course (University of Michigan)

Online Intensive First-Year Japanese Language Course at the University of Michigan!

The University of Michigan is offering a beginner’s level Japanese course, open to both UM and non-UM students! This intensive summer course fits two semesters worth of content into an intensive 10-week curriculum. The class will be taught remotely in 2022.

*If you are a UM student: You can earn ten credits from this summer course and will be eligible to enroll in the second-year Japanese course for the fall semester. In other words – you can fulfill the two-year language requirement in one year! Because the class is taught remotely, you don’t have to live in Ann Arbor for the summer – you could take this class while you are back to your hometown.

*If you are not a UM student and you want to learn Japanese this summer: You can take this course as a program-fee student without enrolling in the University of Michigan. This is a great option for students attending a college that does not offer Japanese in the summer. (Note: UM student that doesn’t want credits from UM also can take this course as a program-fee student)

If you are interested in, or would like to find out more, please contact Asian Languages and Cultures:!

Class starts on June 1st until August 10th. Class meets from Mon. through Fri. from 9:00 am through 12:30 pm.

Website about the summer language program:





ミシガン大学の学生でない人でこの夏日本語を勉強したいと思う方は、Program fee studentとして登録されれば、受講料を払うだけで、面倒な入学手続きも不要です。夏に自分の大学に日本語のクラスがない方に最適のコースとなっています(ミシガン大学の学生で単位を取る必要がない方もProgram fee studentとして履修することができます)。

日本語を勉強してみたいと思っている方、Asian Languages and Cultures: alc-summerlanguageinstitute@umich.eduまでご連絡ください。




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Call for Applications: Venice-Princeton Summer School in Classical Chinese & Classical Japanese/Kanbun

Call for Applications
Venice-Princeton Summer School in Classical Chinese and Classical Japanese/Kanbun

The Ca’ Foscari – Princeton Summer School in Classical Chinese and Classical Japanese/Kanbun is unique in its kind. It offers two tracks of comprehensive, grammar-focused instruction which are designed especially for students who wish to develop their linguistic expertise for graduate study in any discipline of premodern China or Japan.

Both tracks are taught by the principal instructors of the classical language programs at Ca’ Foscari and Princeton. In addition to language classes, students will be offered a lecture series on topics in premodern Chinese and Japanese culture (history, literature, thought). Both tracks welcome students who are beginners in Classical Chinese or Japanese, as well as those who already have some background foundation.

Dates: July 4 to 29 (4 weeks)
Location: Venice, Italy – Ca’ Foscari University, School for International Education (SIE)
Application Deadline: March 31st

Credits: 12 ECTS or equivalent of one full semester (80 classroom hours plus additional lectures)
Fees and Costs: € 1.300,00 (accommodation not included).

The fees include all tuition, access to University facilities and services, course materials and issue of final transcript. Accommodation may be arranged through Ca’ Foscari University. Housing costs start from around € 45/day for a bed in a double room at the student residences; B&Bs can also be found privately for around € 80/day.

Track A – Classical Chinese 

The course provides the fundamentals of classical Chinese grammar through the reading and analysis of passages of pre-modern Chinese historical and literary texts.

Prerequisites: one year of modern Chinese language.

Track B – Classical Japanese/Kanbun 

The course provides the fundamentals of classical Japanese and kanbun grammar along with readings in the major genres of premodern Japanese historical and literary texts.

Prerequisites: one year of modern Japanese language.

COVID Provisions

We expect to offer our Summer School in person on campus. Nonetheless, as the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, the School will continue to monitor the situation. Should it prevent international travel or the confirmation of the program on campus as scheduled, other practicable solutions will be evaluated and proposed to applicants and confirmed participants.

Apply online

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Book Announcement: Eleven Winters of Discontent: The Siberian Internment and the Making of a New Japan

Eleven Winters of Discontent: The Siberian Internment and the Making of a New Japan
Sherzod Muminov

The odyssey of 600,000 imperial Japanese soldiers incarcerated in Soviet labor camps after World War II and their fraught repatriation to postwar Japan.

In August 1945 the Soviet Union seized the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo and the colony of Southern Sakhalin, capturing more than 600,000 Japanese soldiers, who were transported to labor camps across the Soviet Union but primarily concentrated in Siberia and the Far East. Imprisonment came as a surprise to the soldiers, who thought they were being shipped home.

The Japanese prisoners became a workforce for the rebuilding Soviets, as well as pawns in the Cold War. Alongside other Axis POWs, they did backbreaking jobs, from mining and logging to agriculture and construction. They were routinely subjected to “reeducation” glorifying the Soviet system and urging them to support the newly legalized Japanese Communist Party and to resist American influence in Japan upon repatriation. About 60,000 Japanese didn’t survive Siberia. The rest were sent home in waves, the last lingering in the camps until 1956. Already laid low by war and years of hard labor, returnees faced the final shock and alienation of an unrecognizable homeland, transformed after the demise of the imperial state.

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Sherzod Muminov draws on extensive Japanese, Russian, and English archives—including memoirs and survivor interviews—to piece together a portrait of life in Siberia and in Japan afterward. Eleven Winters of Discontent reveals the real people underneath facile tropes of the prisoner of war and expands our understanding of the Cold War front. Superpower confrontation played out in the Siberian camps as surely as it did in Berlin or the Bay of Pigs.

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