Author Archives: Paula

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.

Fun Link Friday: Amabie sweets

Amidst the regular pandemic news over the last weeks, there have been numerous reports related to Japan centered on amabie アマビエ, a supernatural, mermaid-like creature from Japanese folklore. Although amabie only appears in one text from 1846 (and thus was probably … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics

Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics Edited ByBarbara Holthus, Isaac Gagné, Wolfram Manzenreiter, Franz Waldenberger This book situates the 2020 Tokyo Olympics within the social, economic, and political challenges facing contemporary Japan. Using the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as … Continue reading

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Resource: Historical Sound Recordings from the National Diet Library

As the digitization of resources grows, it’s important remember that not everything is visual! At the end of 2019 Japan’s National Diet Library announced that it had added 1,000 new recordings to its already substantial database of historical sound recordings. … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Masculinity and Body Weight in Japan

Masculinity and Body Weight in Japan: Grappling with Metabolic Syndrome By Genaro Castro-Vázquez Drawing on the concept of the somatic self, Castro-Vázquez explores how Japanese men think about, express and interpret their experiences concerning bodyweight control. Based on an extensive … Continue reading

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Call for Applications: Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program

Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program Program Overview: Inaugurated in May 2013, the Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program is a critical element of the Reischauer Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. It is … Continue reading

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Writing into a Career: Learning How to Write and Adult in Japan and the United States

Today’s guest post is by Daniel Morales. Daniel Morales is a writer and translator based in Chicago. He studied Japanese literature at Harvard and writing at the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans. After graduate school, he … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Ghastly Tales from the Yotsuya kaidan

Ghastly Tales from the Yotsuya kaidan, ed. with an Introduction by Takashi Saitō Perhaps the most famous and oft told tales of horror in Japan, the Yotsuya kaidan tells of a young woman named Iwa and the curse she carried … Continue reading

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