Category Archives: culture

Fun Link Friday: Kimono Craft Past & Present

Without a doubt, one of Japan’s most iconic symbols is the kimono. A recent Atlas Obscura article highlighted Chiso, one particular kimono-producing company in Kyoto that has purportedly been in business since 1555. Dedicated to hand-crafted, artisanal details, Chiso’s workshop only … Continue reading

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Call for Applicants: Noh Training Project US 2021

Training opportunity: Noh Training Project US 2021 The Noh Training Project is an intensive 3-week training program covering the singing and dancing of Japan’s centuries-old dance-drama with veteran performers from Theatre Nohgaku. During the final week of instruction, Kita school Master Teacher … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Shakespeare and East Asia

Shakespeare and East Asia Alexa Alice Joubin Structured around modes in which one might encounter Asian-themed performances and adaptations, Shakespeare and East Asia identifies four themes that distinguish post-1950s East Asian cinemas and theatres from works in other parts of the world: … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Snow Monkey Relaxation

Are you feeling the weight of winter? Wishing there was a way to relax a bit and just hang? While many of us can’t travel to Japan right now, we can still appreciate those who are coping better with winter … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: A Proximate Remove: Queering Intimacy and Loss in the Tale of Genji

A Proximate Remove: Queering Intimacy and Loss in the Tale of Genji by Reginald Jackson (Author) Open Access: June 2021 How might queer theory transform our interpretations of medieval Japanese literature and how might this literature reorient the assumptions, priorities, … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Contemporary Ukiyo-e in Airbrush

Here at Shinpai Deshou we’re no stranger to fun ukiyo-e-related news, whether it’s the chance to make your own mish-mashed print or see prints as animated gifs. Today’s fun link is to the works of a contemporary ukiyo-e artist, Ishikawa … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Exporting Japanese Aesthetics: Evolution from Tradition to Cool Japan

Exporting Japanese Aesthetics:Evolution from Tradition to Cool Japan EDITED BY TETS KIMURA & JENNIFER ANNE HARRIS Exporting Japanese Aesthetics brings together historical and contemporary case studies addressing the evolution of international impacts and influences of Japanese culture and aesthetics. The volume … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Food-inspired inks 🍜

Just a quickie Fun Link Friday today, folks. In keeping with the love of food-inspired crafts from Japan, I was fascinated to come across SoraNews24’s recent exploration of stationery based on local foods of Nagasaki. The one that particularly caught … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Licentious Fictions: Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese Novel

Licentious Fictions:Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese NovelDaniel Poch Nineteenth-century Japanese literary discourse and narrative developed a striking preoccupation with ninjō—literally “human emotion,” but often used in reference to amorous feeling and erotic desire. For many writers and critics, fiction’s capacity to … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Original Kanji Contest

Everyone knows that there’s nothing fun about the pandemic and it’s certainly been on all of our minds for months and months now. This past year Grape brought to our attention that there has been a contest for ten years+ … Continue reading

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