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Fun Link Friday: The Tiny Worlds of Tanaka Tatsuya

In previous Fun Link Fridays we’ve featured the miniature worlds of Takanori Aiba‘s bonsai trees, making fantastical spaces with tiny models and growing techniques. This week our fun link is the art of Tanaka Tatsuya, who was recently featured on … Continue reading

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Resource: Japan Foundation Database of Translated Japanese Literature

For those who research translation and Japanese literature (or just really enjoy reading!), the Japan Foundation has created a database that catalogs Japanese literature translated into over two dozen languages. The website is set up with a bilingual interface in … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Social Media Omamori

Looking to protect yourself against bad vibes from internet trolls? Want some good luck in getting lots of retweets and likes? The capsule toy company Tama-kyu has created mock-ups of the common omamori, charms sold at Buddhist temples and Shinto … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Dinosaurs Found in Japan Identified as New Species

Okay okay, in some ways this is old news, but it’s still fun! In 2004 a team of researchers working on Awaji Island (Hyogo Prefecture) found dinosaur bones, including a lower jaw, shoulder, and some other parts. Named “Yamatosaurus izanagii” … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Defining Shugendō: Critical Studies on Japanese Mountain Religion

Defining Shugendo: Critical Studies on Japanese Mountain Religion Editor(s): Andrea Castiglioni, Fabio Rambelli, Carina Roth Defining Shugendo brings together leading international experts on Japanese mountain asceticism to discuss what has been an essential component of Japanese religions for more than a … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Edible Toast Masterpieces of Japanese Art

In the past we’ve shown a variety of tasty pieces of art for Fun Link Fridays, typically of the bento variety. But what if toast was your literal canvas? Last month My Modern Met featured a piece on Japanese designer … Continue reading

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Japanese Translation Competitions and Prizes

For those who are looking to test out their translation skills as they level-up their Japanese, I’ve compiled a list of currently active translation prizes and competitions. This includes those that are specific to Japanese translations and those that are … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Prostitutes, Hostesses, and Actresses at the Edge of the Japanese Empire: Fragmenting History

Prostitutes, Hostesses, and Actresses at the Edge of the Japanese Empire: Fragmenting History Nobuko Ishitate-Okunomiya Yamasaki Book Description: Analysing materials from literature and film, this book considers the fates of women who did not or could not buy into the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Maiko Masquerade: Crafting Geisha Girlhood in Japan

Maiko Masquerade: Crafting Geisha Girlhood in Japanby Jan Bardsley Maiko Masquerade explores Japanese representations of the maiko, or apprentice geisha, in films, manga, and other popular media as an icon of exemplary girlhood. Jan Bardsley traces how the maiko, long stigmatized … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Mobilizing Japanese Youth: The Cold War and the Making of the Sixties Generation

Mobilizing Japanese Youth: The Cold War and the Making of the Sixties Generation Christopher Gerteis In Mobilizing Japanese Youth, Christopher Gerteis examines how non-state institutions in Japan—left-wing radicals and right-wing activists—attempted to mold the political consciousness of the nation’s first postwar generation, … Continue reading

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