Author Archives: Paula

About Paula

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

Book Announcement: A History of Popular Culture in Japan

A History of Popular Culture in Japan From the Seventeenth Century to the Present E. Taylor Atkins The phenomenon of ‘Cool Japan’ is one of the distinctive features of global popular culture of the millennial age. A History of Popular Culture … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Tracing Japanese Leftist Political Activism (1957 – 2017): The Boomerang Flying Transnational

Tracing Japanese Leftist Political Activism (1957 – 2017): The Boomerang Flying Transnational By Kevin Coogan, Claudia Derichs Tracing Japanese Leftist Political Activism (1957–2017) tells the story of the Japanese Red Army (JRA), a militant left-wing group founded in 1971 which was … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Rituals of Initiation and Consecration in Premodern Japan: Power and Legitimacy in Kingship, Religion, and the Arts

Rituals of Initiation and Consecration in Premodern Japan: Power and Legitimacy in Kingship, Religion, and the Arts Edited by Fabio Rambelli & Or Porath In premodern Japan, legitimization of power and knowledge in various contexts was sanctioned by consecration rituals … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Interactions Between Rivals: The Christian Mission and Buddhist Sects in Japan (c.1549-c.1647)

Interactions Between Rivals: The Christian Mission and Buddhist Sects in Japan (c.1549-c.1647) Edited by Alexandra Curvelo & Angelo Cattaneo This volume presents comprehensive research on how southern European Catholics and the Japanese confronted each other, interacted and mutually experienced religious … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha

Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha Robert A. Jacobs In the fall of 1961, President Kennedy somberly warned Americans about deadly radioactive fallout clouds extending hundreds of miles from H‑bomb detonations, yet he approved ninety‑six US nuclear weapon tests for 1962. … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Sōjiji: Discipline, Compassion, and Enlightenment at a Japanese Zen Temple

Sōjiji: Discipline, Compassion, and Enlightenment at a Japanese Zen Temple Joshua A. Irizarry Sōjiji is one of the two head temples of Sōtō Zen, the largest sect of Japanese Buddhism. The temple is steeped in centuries of culture and tradition, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Narratives Without Guilt: Japanese Perpetrators and the Question of Responsibility

Narratives Without Guilt: Japanese Perpetrators and the Question of Responsibility Frank Jacob During the Second World War Japanese soldiers committed several different war crimes, including the kidnapping and raping of women or the mistreatment of POWs. In relation to the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japan on the Jesuit Stage: Two 17th-Century Latin Plays with Translation and Commentary

Japan on the Jesuit Stage: Two 17th-Century Latin Plays with Translation and Commentary Akihiko Watanabe The Jesuits were a major source of European information on Japan from the late 16th to early 17th century. Not only were they active missionaries … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Tsuchi: Earthy Materials in Contemporary Japanese Art

Tsuchi: Earthy Materials in Contemporary Japanese Art Bert Winther-Tamaki An examination of Japanese contemporary art through the lens of ecocriticism and environmental history Bert Winther-Tamaki explores how Japanese artists have continually sought a passionate and redemptive engagement with earth. By … Continue reading

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Funding: Asian Division’s Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship

The Library of Congress’s Asian Division is happy to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2023 Florence Tan Moeson Research Fellowship Program. Please note that the fellowship application is accepted only via email submission. In order to … Continue reading

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