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Book Announcement: Sōjiji: Discipline, Compassion, and Enlightenment at a Japanese Zen Temple

Sōjiji: Discipline, Compassion, and Enlightenment at a Japanese Zen Temple Joshua A. Irizarry Sōjiji is one of the two head temples of Sōtō Zen, the largest sect of Japanese Buddhism. The temple is steeped in centuries of culture and tradition, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Narratives Without Guilt: Japanese Perpetrators and the Question of Responsibility

Narratives Without Guilt: Japanese Perpetrators and the Question of Responsibility Frank Jacob During the Second World War Japanese soldiers committed several different war crimes, including the kidnapping and raping of women or the mistreatment of POWs. In relation to the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japan on the Jesuit Stage: Two 17th-Century Latin Plays with Translation and Commentary

Japan on the Jesuit Stage: Two 17th-Century Latin Plays with Translation and Commentary Akihiko Watanabe The Jesuits were a major source of European information on Japan from the late 16th to early 17th century. Not only were they active missionaries … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Tsuchi: Earthy Materials in Contemporary Japanese Art

Tsuchi: Earthy Materials in Contemporary Japanese Art Bert Winther-Tamaki An examination of Japanese contemporary art through the lens of ecocriticism and environmental history Bert Winther-Tamaki explores how Japanese artists have continually sought a passionate and redemptive engagement with earth. By … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Beyond the Book: Unique and Rare Primary Sources for East Asian Studies Collected in North America

Beyond the Book: Unique and Rare Primary Sources for East Asian Studies Collected in North America Edited by Jidong Yang Beyond the Book is the first ever volume dedicated to the studies of rare East Asian materials collected by individuals and … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Immersive Enclosure: Virtual Reality in Japan

The Immersive Enclosure: Virtual Reality in Japan Paul Roquet Although virtual reality promises to immerse a person in another world, its true power lies in its ability to sever a person’s spatial situatedness in this one. This is especially clear … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Overseas Shinto Shrines: Religion, Secularity and the Japanese Empire

Overseas Shinto Shrines: Religion, Secularity and the Japanese Empire Karli Shimizu (Author) Through extensive use of primary resources and fieldwork, this detailed study examines overseas Shinto shrines and their complex role in the colonization and modernization of newly Japanese lands … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Meiji Japanese Who Made Modern Taiwan

The Meiji Japanese Who Made Modern Taiwan Toshio Watanabe; Translated by Robert D. Eldridge The Meji Japanese Who Made Modern Taiwan describes the story of Japan’s involvement and administration of Taiwan in the pre-war era, with a focus on the period … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Archaeology and History of Toraijin: Human, Technological, and Cultural Flow from the Korean Peninsula to the Japanese Archipelago c. 800 BC–AD 600

Archaeology and History of Toraijin: Human, Technological, and Cultural Flow from the Korean Peninsula to the Japanese Archipelago c. 800 BC–AD 600 By Song-nai Rhee, C. Melvin Aikens, Gina L. Barnes Archaeology and History of Toraijin: Human, technological, and cultural … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Gas Mask Nation: Visualizing Civil Air Defense in Wartime Japan

Gas Mask Nation Visualizing Civil Air Defense in Wartime Japan Gennifer Weisenfeld A fascinating look at the anxious pleasures of Japanese visual culture during World War II. Airplanes, gas masks, and bombs were common images in wartime Japan. Yet amid … Continue reading

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