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Book Announcement: Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan

Jacqueline I. Stone University of Hawai`i Press 616pp. November 2016 Cloth – Price: $68.00ISBN: 978-0-8248-5643-4 http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9704-9780824856434.aspx Description Buddhists across Asia have often aspired to die with a clear and focused mind, as the historical Buddha himself is said to have done. This book … Continue reading

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Call For Papers: Narratives of decline: the changing patterns of death and aging in contemporary Japanese religions

CALL FOR PAPERS ‘Narratives of decline: the changing patterns of death and aging in contemporary Japanese religions’ Japanese Studies Workshop, The University of Manchester Tuesday, 31 May 2016 PhD Student workshop Narratives of decline are embedded in both academic and … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Death and Dying in Contemporary Japan

Death and Dying in Contemporary Japan, H.Suzuki (ed.), 2013, Routledge, Japan Anthropology Workshop Series Abstract: This book, based on extensive original research, explores the various ways in which Japanese people think about death and how they approach the process of dying … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan

Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan Jason Danely (Author) Description By 2030, over 30% of the Japanese population will be 65 or older, foreshadowing the demographic changes occurring elsewhere in Asia and around the world. What can … Continue reading

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Book announcement: Bonds of the Dead: Temples, Burial and the Transformation of Contemporary Japanese Buddhism

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/B/bo12046404.html Despite popular images of priests seeking enlightenment in snow-covered mountain temples, the central concern of Japanese Buddhism is death. For that reason, Japanese Buddhism’s social and economic base has long been in mortuary service–a base now threatened by public … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Saying Hello From Beyond the Grave

Fun but maybe a bit macabre, there have been a number of articles on the topic of QR codes being used in cemeteries in Japan since as early as March 2008, when the memorial stone maker Ishinokoe announced its decision … Continue reading

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