Author Archives: Paula

About Paula

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

Book Announcement: Overseas Shinto Shrines: Religion, Secularity and the Japanese Empire

Overseas Shinto Shrines: Religion, Secularity and the Japanese Empire Karli Shimizu (Author) Through extensive use of primary resources and fieldwork, this detailed study examines overseas Shinto shrines and their complex role in the colonization and modernization of newly Japanese lands … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: The Canon Tsuzuri Project

How can digital preservation needs meet photographic technology and exhibition? Starting in 2018 Canon (yes, as in Canon camera!) embarked on the Tsuzuri Project, which brought their technical expertise in high resolution images and video to the work of National … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Meiji Japanese Who Made Modern Taiwan

The Meiji Japanese Who Made Modern Taiwan Toshio Watanabe; Translated by Robert D. Eldridge The Meji Japanese Who Made Modern Taiwan describes the story of Japan’s involvement and administration of Taiwan in the pre-war era, with a focus on the period … Continue reading

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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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