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Book Announcement: Eleven Winters of Discontent: The Siberian Internment and the Making of a New Japan

Eleven Winters of Discontent: The Siberian Internment and the Making of a New Japan Sherzod Muminov The odyssey of 600,000 imperial Japanese soldiers incarcerated in Soviet labor camps after World War II and their fraught repatriation to postwar Japan. In … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Japanese Economy

The Japanese Economy Hiroaki Richard Watanabe The Japanese economy was once considered a “miracle”. Although still the world’s third largest economy, it continues to feel the effects of the collapse of a massive asset price bubble in the early 1990s. … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Master Spy on a Mission: The Untold Story of Onodera Makoto and Swedish Intelligence 1941–1945

Master Spy on a Mission: The Untold Story of Onodera Makoto and Swedish Intelligence 1941–1945 Bert Edström Neutral Sweden’s importance for Japanese intelligence grew during the World War II. As Japan’s military attaché posted in Sweden, Makoto Onodera was second to … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japan’s Contemporary Media Culture between Local and Global: Content, Practice and Theory

Japan’s Contemporary Media Culture between Local and Global: Content, Practice and Theory Martin Roth, Hiroshi Yoshida and Martin Picard (Eds.) This collection features a wide range of inquiries into Japan’s contemporary media culture, situating popular media content and its related … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japanese Screens

Japanese Screens By Claire Akiko Brisset, Torahiko Terada, Anne Marie Christin Japanese screens (byobu, meaning “barrier against the wind”) are made of wooden lattices with two to twelve panels, covered with a paper or fabric canvas. They are unique for … Continue reading

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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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Book Announcement: Craft Culture in Early Modern Japan: Materials, Makers, and Mastery

Craft Culture in Early Modern Japan: Materials, Makers, and Mastery Christine M. E. Guth Crafts were central to daily life in early modern Japan. They were powerful carriers of knowledge, sociality, and identity, and how and from what materials they … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Dancing the Dharma: Religious and Political Allegory in Japanese Noh Theater

Dancing the Dharma Religious and Political Allegory in Japanese Noh Theater Susan Blakeley Klein Dancing the Dharma examines the theory and practice of allegory by exploring a select group of medieval Japanese noh plays and treatises. Susan Blakeley Klein demonstrates how medieval esoteric commentaries on … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Beyond Kawaii: Studying Japanese Feminities at Cambridge

Beyond Kawaii: Studying Japanese Feminities at Cambridge Edited by Brigitte Steger, Angelika Koch, Christopher Tso Kawaii. The love of all things cute has become the dominant image of Japanese girls and women. Real Japanese women are, however, more complex. Some … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Translating the Occupation: The Japanese Invasion of China, 1931–45

Translating the Occupation: The Japanese Invasion of China, 1931–45 Edited by Jonathan Henshaw, Craig A. Smith, and Norman Smith UBC Press From 1931 to 1945, as Japanese imperialism developed and spread throughout China, three regions experienced life under occupation: the … Continue reading

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