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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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Book Announcement: The New Real: Media and Mimesis in Japan from Stereographs to Emoji

The New Real: Media and Mimesis in Japan from Stereographs to Emoji Jonathan E. Abel Unlocking a vital understanding of how literary studies and media studies overlap and are bound together A synthetic history of new media reception in modern … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Comfort Women of Singapore in History and Memory

The Comfort Women of Singapore in History and Memory Kevin Blackburn “Comfort women” or ianfu is the euphemism used by the Japanese military for the women they compelled to do sex work in the Second World War, and has become the term … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Visual Culture of Meiji Japan: Negotiating the Transition to Modernity

The Visual Culture of Meiji Japan: Negotiating the Transition to Modernity Edited By Ayelet Zohar, Alison J. Miller This volume examines the visual culture of Japan’s transition to modernity, from 1868 to the first decades of the twentieth century. Through … Continue reading

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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: Samurai: A Very Short Introduction

Samurai: A Very Short Introduction Michael Wert The idea of the sword-wielding samurai, beholden to a strict ethical code and trained in deadly martial arts, dominates popular conceptions of the samurai. As early as the late seventeenth century, they were … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Harvesting State Support: Institutional Change and Local Agency in Japanese Agriculture

Harvesting State Support: Institutional Change and Local Agency in Japanese Agriculture   Hanno Jentzsch Agriculture has been among the toughest political battlegrounds in postwar Japan and represents an ideal case study in institutional stability and change. Inefficient land use and … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Oishii: The History of Sushi

Oishii: The History of Sushi Eric C. Rath Sushi and sashimi are by now a global sensation and have become perhaps the best known of Japanese foods—but they are also the most widely misunderstood. Oishii: The History of Sushi reveals … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Yasukuni Fundamentalism: Japanese Religions and the Politics of Restoration

Yasukuni Fundamentalism: Japanese Religions and the Politics of Restoration Mark R. Mullins Although religious fundamentalism is often thought to be confined to monotheistic “religions of the book,” this study examines the emergence of a fundamentalism rooted in the Shinto tradition … Continue reading

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