Author Archives: Paula

About Paula

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

Resource: Tsukioka Kōgyo, 月岡耕漁 The Art of Noh, 1869-1927

When we think of woodblock prints, typically what comes to mind is early modern Japan, with its wealth of colorful kabuki prints and personalities. However, woodblock printing continued to be a rich and fascinating artistic practice long after, and kabuki … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: A Transnational Critique of Japaneseness: Cultural Nationalism, Racism, and Multiculturalism in Japan

A Transnational Critique of JapanesenessCultural Nationalism, Racism, and Multiculturalism in JapanYUKO KAWAI In this book, Yuko Kawai departs from the common conception of Japan as an ethnically homogenous nation. A Transnational Critique of Japaneseness: Cultural Nationalism, Racism, and Multiculturalism in … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Supernatural Cats

Are obsessions with cute cats and cat pics global across time and space? An article from September 2020 by Zack Davisson that appeared in Smithsonian Magazine takes a look at this phenomenon in Japan, at least, and explores the appearance … Continue reading

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Call for Applicants: Sasakawa Studentships at the University of East Anglia, UK

The Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK, has once again been invited to submit applications for a number of Postgraduate Studentships from the Great British Sasakawa Foundation. These are available for students pursuing postgraduate (MA and PhD) … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Competing Visions of Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia, 1938-1960: Identity, Asianism, and the Search for a Regional Role

Competing Visions of Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia, 1938–1960:Identity, Asianism and the Search for a Regional RoleVon Dr. Heiko Lang In a detailed discourse analysis, it compares competing arguments offered by business circles, the military, the political and diplomatic elites, … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Muscleman Tea Party

Instagram and other social media outlets are rife with beautiful displays of innovative Japanese tea ceremony sweets, with confectionery specialists playing off of traditional aesthetics and contemporary holidays. But did you ever think you’d be enjoying incredibly buff, jiggling sweets … Continue reading

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Resource: The World and Japan

For those who are interests in Japan in an international context, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) has a trilingual database on historical sources related to modern Japanese politics and international relations entitled “The World and Japan (世界と日本).” … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Archaeology of Medieval Towns: Case Studies from Japan and Europe

The Archaeology of Medieval Towns: Case Studies from Japan and Europe Simon Kaner (Editor); Brian Ayers (Editor); Richard Pearson (Editor); Oscar Wrenn (Editor) In recent years, major new archaeological discoveries have redefined the development of towns and cities in the … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Ukiyo-e Memes

Being tethered to our computers for the last year, it seems like 2020 was also the year of the meme. Whether just trying to alleviate our anxieties and stresses or calling out poor behavior on the part of public figures, … Continue reading

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Japan Foundation’s Former Fellows Video Series

Do you ever wonder what some folks did with their BA in Japanese Studies? 😉 At the end of last year Japan Foundation called on former fellows to talk about various aspects of their Japanese Studies careers, research, and teaching. … Continue reading

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