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Book Announcement: Regimes of Desire: Young Gay Men, Media, and Masculinity in Tokyo

Regimes of Desire: Young Gay Men, Media, and Masculinity in Tokyo Thomas Baudinette Shinjuku Ni-chōme is a nightlife district in central Tokyo filled with bars and clubs targeting the city’s gay male community. Typically understood as a “safe space” where … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Mini Tokyo 3D

Everyone knows someone who is obsessed with Japan’s easy to navigate public transportation system. Whether you’re memorizing stops and their short jingles and reflecting nostalgically on the line that took you to and from work or school all the time, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Tenkō: Cultures of Political Conversion in Transwar Japan

Tenkō: Cultures of Political Conversion in Transwar Japan Edited By Irena Hayter, George T. Sipos, Mark Williams This book approaches the concept of tenkō (political conversion) as a response to the global crisis of interwar modernity, as opposed to a distinctly Japanese … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Wild Lines and Poetic Travels: A Keijro Suga Reader

Wild Lines and Poetic Travels: A Keijiro Suga Reader Edited by Doug Slaymaker This volume of essays and translations analyzes the prodigious and wide-ranging output of Keijiro Suga. Based in Japan, Keijiro Suga’s works are wide-ranging and multilingual. His volumes … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Pilgrims Until We Die: Unending Pilgrimage in Shikoku

Pilgrims Until We Die: Unending Pilgrimage in Shikoku Ian Reader and John Shultz The Shikoku pilgrimage, a 1400 kilometre, eighty-eight temple circuit around Japan’s fourth largest island, takes around forty days by foot, or one week by car. Historically, Buddhist … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Rethinking Locality in Japan

Rethinking Locality in Japan Edited By Sonja Ganseforth, Hanno Jentzsch This book inquires what is meant when we say “local” and what “local” means in the Japanese context. Through the window of locality, it enhances an understanding of broader political … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Green with Milk and Sugar: When Japan Filled America’s Tea Cups

Green with Milk and Sugar When Japan Filled America’s Tea Cups Robert Hellyer Today, Americans are some of the world’s biggest consumers of black teas; in Japan, green tea, especially sencha, is preferred. These national partialities, Robert Hellyer reveals, are deeply … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Gazing at the Moon: Buddhist Poems of Solitude

Gazing at the Moon: Buddhist Poems of Solitude Saigyō Translated by Meredith McKinney Clear and clearer with the moon the heart swells widening out toward what distant end I know not A fresh translation of the classical Buddhist poetry of … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Okada Toshiki & Japanese Theatre

Okada Toshiki & Japanese Theatre Edited by Peter Eckersall, Barbara Geilhorn, Andreas Regelsberger and Cody Poulton Playwright, novelist and theatre director Okada Toshiki is one of the most important voices of the current generation of Japanese contemporary theatre makers. He … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Touching the Unreachable Writing, Skinship, Modern Japan

Touching the Unreachable: Writing, Skinship, Modern Japan Fusako Innami Fusako Innami offers the first comprehensive study of touch and skinship—relationality with the other through the skin—in modern Japanese writing. The concept of the unreachable—that is, the lack of characters’ complete … Continue reading

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