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Book Announcement: Beauty in the Age of Empire: Japan, Egypt, and the Global History of Aesthetic Education

Beauty in the Age of Empire: Japan, Egypt, and the Global History of Aesthetic Education Raja Adal When modern primary schools were first founded in Japan and Egypt in the 1870s, they did not teach art. Yet by the middle … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: 2019 Rice Field art at Inakadate

As long-time readers know, each year we showcase the rice paddy art of Inakadate, Aomori Prefecture, which has a long standing tradition of growing multicolored rice to great gigantic rice paddy art! This year the theme is  Oshin「おしん」, a television … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism: Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868-1961

The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism: Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868-1961 Sidney Xu Lu This innovative study demonstrates how Japanese empire-builders invented and appropriated the discourse of overpopulation to justify Japanese settler colonialism across the Pacific. Lu defines this overpopulation … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Cooking Edo Period Food 🍚

When in Japan, food is everything. What’s the local specialty? What’s the best omiyage? But have you stopped and wondered “What were people eating 200 years ago?” Well the Center for Open Data in the Humanities might be able to … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: That Distant Country Next Door: Popular Japanese Perceptions of Mao’s China

THAT DISTANT COUNTRY NEXT DOOR: POPULAR JAPANESE PERCEPTIONS OF MAO’S CHINA Erik Esselstrom Japan’s road to war in China in the 1930s–1940s is well known, as are the legacies of that conflict in the diplomatic disputes, territorial rows, and educational … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Throw out your garbage!

Some of you may have already seen this instagram account going viral, but it’s too funny to miss out on. An anonymous woman has created, in her own words, “an account uploading things my husband has left around.” Entitled “Throw … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki: Prayers, Protests and Catholic Survivor Narratives

Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki: Prayers, Protests and Catholic Survivor Narratives By Gwyn McClelland On 9th August 1945, the US dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Of the dead, approximately 8500 were Catholic Christians, representing over sixty percent of the community. … Continue reading

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