Japan Studies Association 2020 summer workshop in Hokkaido

Event: Study tour
Dates: June 1-12, 2020
Location: various locations in Hokkaido
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

From JSA mailing list:

The Japan Studies Association announces a new summer workshop for faculty at American universities. In the past several years we have organized faculty development workshops in Kyoto (2014), Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2015), and Okinawa (2017). The upcoming one will be in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. The theme is “Hokkaido 2020: Diversify, Transformation, Renewal.” Although some details have yet to be decided, a description of cities and other sites visited, many topics, and tours appear on our website:


Please consult the website to learn about the workshop itself. Some immediately useful information:

— Dates: Jun 1-12, 2020

— Application deadline: March 1, 2020, with notification of acceptance 7-10 days later

Costs/Expenses: participants are responsible for their own airfare to Sapporo, for ground transportation from airports to hotels, and for most meals. However, JSA is currently seeking outside support for several travel awards of around $1,000.

— The registration fee of around $1700 US covers tours, chartered bus transportation between workshop sites, entrance fees, local guides, and some group meals.

JSA’s Executive Board hopes you will consider this opportunity and, if possible, participate in it. Those who have been part of our earlier trips to Japan have been well-rewarded personally as well as professionally.

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Resource: How to Japonese Podcast

What was your path to learning Japanese like? And how did you maintain it? What do you use those skills for now in your career? For those interested in podcasts and learning more about how people in the Japan field got where they are, the How to Japonese  podcast by Daniel Morales will be a great resource.

Morales, a writer and translator who contributes to the Japan Times bilingual page, has released a first season of his new podcast. There are ten episodes, each of which begin with Morales’ experiences learning Japanese and living in Japan and end with an interview with someone connected to the Japan field. This includes translators, educators (spoiler alert, I’m in there!), people in legal fields, video game production, journalism, and more! They provide great insight into how they got where they are, the challenges to get there, and how learning Japanese played a role.

Morales also runs the How to Japonese blog, which regularly examines common Japanese words and phrases as well as the many idiosyncrasies that make Japanese so fascinating (and frustrating) to learners. Season two of the How to Japonese  podcast is already in the works, so sure to check out the site or follow Morales’ work on Twitter!

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Funding: Travel Grants from Asia Library, University of Michigan

Travel grants are available to visit the University of Michigan’s Asia Library, which holds more than one million volumes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean and subscribes to a multitude of electronic resources.

The grants, of up to $1,000 apiece, are to help defray the costs of travel, lodging, meals, and photo-duplication for scholars of China, Japan, and Korea at other institutions who wish to utilize our collection. Applications are through the respective centers of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean studies. Please email asialibrary@umich.edu with any questions.

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Call for Applicants: 11th International Symposium for Young Researchers in Translation, Interpreting, Intercultural Studies and East Asian Studies

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming International Symposium for Young Researchers in Translation, Interpreting, Intercultural Studies and East Asian Studies, which will be held on July 3rd, 2020 at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is March 9th, 2020. Abstracts must be submitted using the on-line form available at the website of the symposium.

This symposium for young researchers is aimed at students who have recently begun their research as M.A. students, PhD students or those who have recently completed their PhD theses. The purpose of this symposium is to provide a scientific forum within which the next generation of researchers can exchange ideas and present their current research in the field of Translation, Interpreting, Intercultural Studies or East Asian Studies.

We invite proposals for papers relating to the research interests of the Department of Translation and Interpreting & East Asian Studies (UAB), namely:

  • Translation and interpreting
  • Specialized translation
  • Literary translation
  • Audiovisual translation and media accessibility
  • Interpreting
  • Information and communication technologies in translation
  • Translator and interpreter training
  • History of translation and interpreting
  • Interculturality, ideology and the sociology of translation and interpreting
  • Textuality and translation
  • Cognitive studies in translation and interpreting
  • Professional aspects of translation and interpreting
  • Empirical research in translation and interpreting

East Asian studies

  • East Asian languages and literatures
  • Politics and international relations in East Asia
  • Culture, thought, and interculturality in East Asia
  •  Economy of East Asia

The symposium languages are Catalan, Spanish and English.

Participants should limit their presentations to 15 minutes to allow time for Q & A and comments by the audience.

No proceedings will be published. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance. A further certificate will be given to those who present papers.

Attendants who are also registered in the PhD Summer School at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (June 29-July 2, 2020) do not have to pay registration fees, but they will have to fill in and submit the symposium registration form.

For more information:



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Book Announcement: Japan’s Imperial House in the Postwar Era, 1945-2019

Japan’s Imperial House in the Postwar Era, 1945–2019
Kenneth J. Ruoff

With the ascension of a new emperor and the dawn of the Reiwa Era, Kenneth J. Ruoff has expanded upon and updated The People’s Emperor, his study of the monarchy’s role as a political, societal, and cultural institution in contemporary Japan. Many Japanese continue to define the nation’s identity through the imperial house, making it a window into Japan’s postwar history.

Ruoff begins by examining the reform of the monarchy during the U.S. occupation and then turns to its evolution since the Japanese regained the power to shape it. To understand the monarchy’s function in contemporary Japan, the author analyzes issues such as the role of individual emperors in shaping the institution, the intersection of the monarchy with politics, the emperor’s and the nation’s responsibility for the war, nationalistic movements in support of the monarchy, and the remaking of the once-sacrosanct throne into a “people’s imperial house” embedded in the postwar culture of democracy. Finally, Ruoff examines recent developments, including the abdication of Emperor Akihito and the heir crisis, which have brought to the forefront the fragility of the imperial line under the current legal system, leading to calls for reform.

For more information: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674244481

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Call for Applicants: Noh training in Kyoto August 2020

The INI – International Noh Institute(国際能楽研究会)has issued a Call for Participants to the 2020 Kyoto Summer Intensive program, running between August 10 and 22 in Kyoto. During this period participants will study noh dance and chant, as well as other aspects of performance, such as costumes and masks. They will also be able to attend performances and visit historical places related to noh. The program culminates with a recital at the Kongo Noh Theatre on August 23rd.

The deadline to submit applications is June 1st, though we strongly encourage early applications.

For more information and inquiries, please visit the INI website following the link below.


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Fun Link Friday: Japanese currency redesigns

What’s on your country’s money? After traveling overseas, I always come back to the US thinking about how boring our own bills seem! And it appears that Japan is putting even more thought into new and exciting illustrations for their currency. Last year the Ministry of Finance revealed that they’ve got new designs for the 1000, 5000, and 1000 yen bills in the works, which are planned to be released in 2024.

Some of these changes will include an image of the famous Great Wave off Kanagawa, Umeko Tsuda (1864-1929), a leader in women’s education, and Eiichi Shibusawa (1840-1931), a well-known figure in Japan’s early financial development. Even the 500 yen coin will be getting an overhaul! If you want to check out the old and new designs, be sure to look through the Live Japan or Asahi news articles on it, which have more information on the historical figures being chosen. Happy Friday!

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