Author Archives: Paula

About Paula

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

Book Announcement: The Last Female Emperor of Nara Japan, 749-770

The Last Female Emperor of Nara Japan, 749-770by Ross Bender The last female emperor of Nara Japan was Kōken/Shōtoku Tennō, who ruled from 749 to 770, with an interregnum from 758 to 764. She was the last in a series of … Continue reading

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Fun (?) Link Friday: Meguro Parasitological Museum

When was the last time you thought about… parasites? Maybe watching a horror movie or taking your pet to the vet. But if you’re interested in exploring scientific knowledge about these creepy wigglies for fun, Japan has a museum for … Continue reading

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Call for Applications: Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies 2021

On behalf of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia, I am pleased to announce that applications are now open for our Online Summer … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Craft Culture in Early Modern Japan: Materials, Makers, and Mastery

Craft Culture in Early Modern Japan: Materials, Makers, and Mastery Christine M. E. Guth Crafts were central to daily life in early modern Japan. They were powerful carriers of knowledge, sociality, and identity, and how and from what materials they … 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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Fun Link Friday: Viewing Cherry Blossoms in Art

This week has been conference recovery, so here’s a quick Fun Link Friday for you all. If you’re missing out on cherry blossom viewing this year (either because you can’t travel or it’s best not to gather at crowded sites) … Continue reading

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Funding: NEH Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for the Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program. The program aims to promote Japan studies in the United States, to encourage U.S.-Japanese scholarly exchange, and to support … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Dancing the Dharma: Religious and Political Allegory in Japanese Noh Theater

Dancing the Dharma Religious and Political Allegory in Japanese Noh Theater Susan Blakeley Klein Dancing the Dharma examines the theory and practice of allegory by exploring a select group of medieval Japanese noh plays and treatises. Susan Blakeley Klein demonstrates how medieval esoteric commentaries on … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: A Single Sheet Samurai

Are you serious about origami? How serious is serious? Because according to Colossal, Finnish artist Juho Könkkölä might have you beat. Using upwards of thousands of individual folds, Könkkölä spent 50+ hours creating a fully-armored origami samurai figure using only one … Continue reading

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Resource: Bell Historical Postcard Collection

With digitization of notable collections increasing it’s wonderful to learn about new and fascinating archives. This week we briefly feature the Bell Historical Postcard Collection at the University of Hawai’i. Originally donated to the university as a scrapbook by Mr. … Continue reading

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