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Book Announcement: Ghastly Tales from the Yotsuya kaidan

Ghastly Tales from the Yotsuya kaidan, ed. with an Introduction by Takashi Saitō Perhaps the most famous and oft told tales of horror in Japan, the Yotsuya kaidan tells of a young woman named Iwa and the curse she carried … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: A Kamigata Anthology: Literature from Japan’s Metropolitan Centers, 1600-1750

A KAMIGATA ANTHOLOGY: LITERATURE FROM JAPAN’S METROPOLITAN CENTERS, 1600–1750 Edited by Sumie Jones and Adam L. Kern with Kenji Watanabe This is the first of a three-volume anthology of Edo- and Meiji-era urban literature that includes An Edo Anthology: Literature from … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan

American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan Elisheva A. Perelman Tuberculosis ran rampant in Japan during the late Meiji and Taisho years (1880s–1920s). Many of the victims of the then incurable disease were young female workers from the rural areas, … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: The Thinnest Japanese Paper in the World

Just a quick Fun Link Friday this week from Great Big Story! Japan is known the world around for its handcrafted paper, but is it now known also for the thinnest paper in the world? Hidaka Washi Ltd. is has … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japan’s Imperial House in the Postwar Era, 1945-2019

Japan’s Imperial House in the Postwar Era, 1945–2019 Kenneth J. Ruoff With the ascension of a new emperor and the dawn of the Reiwa Era, Kenneth J. Ruoff has expanded upon and updated The People’s Emperor, his study of the monarchy’s role as … Continue reading

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Call for Applicants: Noh training in Kyoto August 2020

The INI – International Noh Institute(国際能楽研究会)has issued a Call for Participants to the 2020 Kyoto Summer Intensive program, running between August 10 and 22 in Kyoto. During this period participants will study noh dance and chant, as well as other aspects of performance, … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Japanese currency redesigns

What’s on your country’s money? After traveling overseas, I always come back to the US thinking about how boring our own bills seem! And it appears that Japan is putting even more thought into new and exciting illustrations for their … Continue reading

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