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Book Announcement: Comfort Women: A Movement for Justice and Women’s Rights in the United States

Comfort Women: A Movement for Justice and Women’s Rights in the United States Edited by Jung-Sil Lee and Dennis P. Halpin. This new edited volume archives nearly thirty years of activism, records the achievements of the “comfort women” redress movement … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Marriage and Marriageability: The Practices of Matchmaking between Men from Japan and Women from Northeast China

Marriage and Marriageability: The Practices of Matchmaking between Men from Japan and Women from Northeast China BY CHIGUSA YAMAURA How do the Japanese men and Chinese women who participate in cross-border matchmaking—individuals whose only interaction is often just one brief … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Flowers Blooming on a Withered Tree: Giun’s Verse Comments on Dōgen’s Treasury of the True Dharma Eye

Flowers Blooming on a Withered Tree: Giun’s Verse Comments on Dōgen’s Treasury of the True Dharma Eye Steven Heine OVERVIEW This book provides a translation and critical bilingual edition on the Verse Comments on the Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Masterful kiri-e designs by Masayo Fukuda

In past Fun Link Fridays we’ve featured some cool paper artistry, from pop-up designs and intricate cranes to moving paper sculptures. Today’s feature is next-level kiri-e (paper cutting) by Masayo Fukuda, who has over 25 years of experience making cut-outs that … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea

Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea by David Fedman Japanese colonial rule in Korea (1905–1945) ushered in natural resource management programs that profoundly altered access to and ownership of the peninsula’s extensive mountains and forests. Under … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Japanese Economy

The Japanese Economy Hiroaki Richard Watanabe Although still the world’s third largest economy, Japan continues to feel the effects of the collapse of a massive asset price bubble in the early 1990s. In recent years further setbacks, including both the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Christian Sorcerers on Trial: Records of the 1827 Osaka Incident

Christian Sorcerers on Trial: Records of the 1827 Osaka Incident Translated and with an introduction by Fumiko Miyazaki, Kate Wildman Nakai, and Mark Teeuwen In 1829, three women and three men were paraded through Osaka and crucified. Placards set up … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Mystery Vending Machines

Just a quickie Fun Link Friday this week! Back in February Japan Today reported on a fun find in Oyabe, Toyama Prefecture: vending machines with unknown contents mixed into the usual drink and snack fare. Some of the machines had … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Musical Calculators

This week’s Fun Link Friday is a tweet by あたりめ (@atarimae_400), a Twitter user who regularly posts incredible videos of him using electronic calculators, the simple keystroke chimes of an iPhone, and the like to reproduce complex musical compositions. In … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Behold the Buddha: Religious Meanings of Japanese Buddhist Icons

Behold the Buddha: Religious Meanings of Japanese Buddhist Icons James C. Dobbins Images of the Buddha are everywhere—not just in temples but also in museums and homes and online—but what these images mean largely depends on the background and circumstance … Continue reading

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