Author Archives: Paula

About Paula

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

Fun Link Friday: Virtual Kakejiku Design

If you’ve ever visited an art museum and found yourself looking as closely at the mountings of beautiful hanging scroll paintings as the works of art themselves, then we’ve found the procrastination tool for you! The Kyoto Mounting Society 京都表具協同組合 … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Archaeology and History of Toraijin: Human, Technological, and Cultural Flow from the Korean Peninsula to the Japanese Archipelago c. 800 BC–AD 600

Archaeology and History of Toraijin: Human, Technological, and Cultural Flow from the Korean Peninsula to the Japanese Archipelago c. 800 BC–AD 600 By Song-nai Rhee, C. Melvin Aikens, Gina L. Barnes Archaeology and History of Toraijin: Human, technological, and cultural … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Gas Mask Nation: Visualizing Civil Air Defense in Wartime Japan

Gas Mask Nation Visualizing Civil Air Defense in Wartime Japan Gennifer Weisenfeld A fascinating look at the anxious pleasures of Japanese visual culture during World War II. Airplanes, gas masks, and bombs were common images in wartime Japan. Yet amid … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Politics of Trauma and Integrity: Stories of Japanese “Comfort Women”

The Politics of Trauma and Integrity: Stories of Japanese “Comfort Women” Sachiyo Tsukamoto The Politics of Trauma and Integrity uses the lenses of gender and trauma to tell the stories of narratives testified by two contrasting Japanese “comfort women” survivors. Through … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The New Real: Media and Mimesis in Japan from Stereographs to Emoji

The New Real: Media and Mimesis in Japan from Stereographs to Emoji Jonathan E. Abel Unlocking a vital understanding of how literary studies and media studies overlap and are bound together A synthetic history of new media reception in modern … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia

Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia Edited by James Welker The boys love (BL) genre was created for girls and women by young female manga (comic) artists in early 1970s Japan to challenge oppressive gender and sexual norms. Over … Continue reading

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Resource: The World of the Japanese Illustrated Book

These days there are seemingly endless digitized materials to look at online, whether searching for the contents of major public libraries, museums, or university collections. But we can’t always get a well-rounded understanding of an object just from the metadata … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Letters from Japan’s Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Letters from Japan’s Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries Correspondence of Warlords, Tea Masters, Zen Priests, and Aristocrats Morgan Pitelka, Reiko Tanimura, Takashi Masuda Cultural historians Morgan Pitelka and Reiko Tanimura partner with one of Japan’s premier experts in calligraphy and letter … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Comfort Women of Singapore in History and Memory

The Comfort Women of Singapore in History and Memory Kevin Blackburn “Comfort women” or ianfu is the euphemism used by the Japanese military for the women they compelled to do sex work in the Second World War, and has become the term … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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