Category Archives: useful links

Resource: Japanese Animated Film Classics

There’s no doubt that Japanese animation is now everywhere, from popular media we consume on Netflix to splashing across the big screen. But where did animated film begin? What kind of works were created? One great resource for exploring the … 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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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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Resource: Library and Archive Travel Grants

Not everyone is based at an institution where they have access to a Japan Studies collection, particularly a comprehensive one that may have the specialist materials they need. Fortunately a lot of larger institutions with these holdings sponsor library or … Continue reading

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Resource: Grassroots Operations of the Japanese Empire Translated Primary Sources for Teaching Purposes

Today’s resource post is Grassroots Operations of the Japanese Empire: Translated Primary Sources for Teaching Purposes. Begun in 2021 by Sayaka Chatani, Assistant Professor of History at the National University of Singapore, the website provides a wide variety of primary … Continue reading

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Resource: Bell Historical Postcard Collection

With digitization of notable collections increasing it’s wonderful to learn about new and fascinating archives. This week we briefly feature the Bell Historical Postcard Collection at the University of Hawai’i. Originally donated to the university as a scrapbook by Mr. … Continue reading

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Resources: Anti-Asian Violence Resources

In lieu of our usual Friday postings, I encourage you all to follow the link below and look into resources that have been compiled to combat violence against AAPI communities. Whether you are looking for writings to educate yourself or … Continue reading

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Resource: Bodies and Structures

This week I’m featuring a shorter resource post on the site Bodies and Structures, which is a collaborative research and teaching platform built by David Ambaras (North Carolina State University) and Kate McDonald (UC Santa Barbara) on spatial histories of … Continue reading

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Resource: Japan Biographical Database

Today’s resource is the Japan Biographical Database. This bilingual, interactive database is a network studies project run by a research unit of the Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University, Tokyo. Focusing on early modern Japan, the participants have spent years … Continue reading

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Resource: Tsukioka Kōgyo, 月岡耕漁 The Art of Noh, 1869-1927

When we think of woodblock prints, typically what comes to mind is early modern Japan, with its wealth of colorful kabuki prints and personalities. However, woodblock printing continued to be a rich and fascinating artistic practice long after, and kabuki … Continue reading

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