Book Announcement: Cultural Imprints: War and Memory in the Samurai Age

Cultural Imprints: War and Memory in the Samurai Age
Edited by Elizabeth Oyler and Katherine Saltzman-Li

Cultural Imprints draws on literary works, artifacts, performing arts, and documents that were created by or about the samurai to examine individual “imprints,” traces holding specifically grounded historical meanings that persist through time. The contributors to this interdisciplinary volume assess those imprints for what they can suggest about how thinkers, writers, artists, performers, and samurai themselves viewed warfare and its lingering impact at various points during the “samurai age,” the long period from the establishment of the first shogunate in the twelfth century through the fall of the Tokugawa in 1868.

The range of methodologies and materials discussed in Cultural Imprints challenges a uniform notion of warrior activity and sensibilities, breaking down an ahistorical, monolithic image of the samurai that developed late in the samurai age and that persists today. Highlighting the memory of warfare and its centrality in the cultural realm, Cultural Imprints demonstrates the warrior’s far-reaching, enduring, and varied cultural influence across centuries of Japanese history.

For more information: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501761621/cultural-imprints/

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Book Announcement: What Women Want: Gender and Voting in Britain, Japan and the United States

What Women Want: Gender and Voting in Britain, Japan and the United States
Gill Steel

What Women Want analyzes decades of voting preferences, values, and policy preferences to debunk some of the media and academic myths about gender gaps in voting and policy preferences. Findings show that no single theory explains when differences in women’s and men’s voting preferences emerge, when they do not, or when changes—or the lack thereof—occur over time. Steel extends existing theories to create a broader framework for thinking about gender and voting behavior to provide more analytical purchase in understanding gender and its varying effects on individual voters’ preferences. She incorporates the long-term effects of party identification and class politics on political decision-making, particularly in how they influence preferences on social provision and on expectations of the state. She also points to the importance of symbolic politics.

For more information: https://www.press.umich.edu/11566109/what_women_want

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Book Announcement: Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change, and the Transformation of the Japanese State

Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change, and the Transformation of the Japanese State
Edited by Sebastian Maslow & Christian Wirth

Mired in national crises since the early 1990s, Japan has had to respond to a rapid population decline; the Asian and global financial crises; the 2011 triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear meltdown; the COVID-19 pandemic; China’s economic rise; threats from North Korea; and massive public debt. In Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change, and the Transformation of the Japanese State, established specialists in a variety of areas use a coherent set of methodologies, aligning their sociological, public policy, and political science and international relations perspectives, to account for discrepancies between official rhetoric and policy practice and actual perceptions of decline and crisis in contemporary Japan. Each chapter focuses on a distinct policy field to gauge the effectiveness and the implications of political responses through an analysis of how crises are narrated and used to justify policy interventions. Transcending boundaries between issue areas and domestic and international politics, these essays paint a dynamic picture of the contested but changing nature of social, economic, and, ultimately political institutions as they constitute the transforming Japanese state.

For more information: https://sunypress.edu/p-7200-crisis-narratives-institutional.aspx

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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.

For more information: https://www.routledge.com/JapaneseEnglish-Translation-An-Advanced-Guide/Wakabayashi/p/book/9780367863333

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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.

For more information: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/gender-culture-and-disaster-in-post311-japan-9781350122499/

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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

For more information: https://japaninnorwich.org/2022/05/31/tifo-osp-22-applications/

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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.

For more information: https://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Imperial-National-Histories-697-887/dp/B09KNGDVWH

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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.

For more information: http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/display.asp?ISB=9781780232027

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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.

For more information: https://www.routledge.com/The-Visual-Culture-of-Meiji-Japan-Negotiating-the-Transition-to-Modernity/Zohar-Miller/p/book/9780367612849

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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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