Tag Archives: Japan

Book Announcement: The Tokugawa World

The Tokugawa World Edited By Gary P. Leupp, De-min Tao With over 60 contributions, The Tokugawa World presents the latest scholarship on early modern Japan from an international team of specialists in a volume that is unmatched in its breadth and scope. … Continue reading

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Call for Participants: Ise and Japan Study Program

Kogakkan University (located in Ise City, Mie Prefecture) will be hosting an eighth year of the “Ise and Japan Study Program.” The program is open to graduate (Master or PhD) or post-graduate researchers (including faculty) who are interested in learning … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Comic Storytelling of Western Japan

The Comic Storytelling of Western Japan: Satire and Social Mobility in Kamigata Rakugo M. W. Shores, University of Sydney Rakugo, a popular form of comic storytelling, has played a major role in Japanese culture and society. Developed during the Edo … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Humans and Devices in Medical Contexts: Case Studies from Japan

Humans and Devices in Medical Contexts: Case Studies from Japan Editors Susanne Brucksch, Kaori Sasaki This book explores the ways in which socio-technical settings in medical contexts find varying articulations in a specific locale. Focusing on Japan, it consists of … 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: Yamamba: In Search of the Japanese Mountain Witch

Yamamba: In Search of the Japanese Mountain Witch Editors Linda C. Ehrlich Rebecca Copeland Alluring, nurturing, dangerous, and vulnerable the yamamba, or Japanese mountain witch, has intrigued audiences for centuries. What is it about the fusion of mountains with the … 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: 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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Fun Link Friday: Social Media Omamori

Looking to protect yourself against bad vibes from internet trolls? Want some good luck in getting lots of retweets and likes? The capsule toy company Tama-kyu has created mock-ups of the common omamori, charms sold at Buddhist temples and Shinto … Continue reading

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Resource: Radio Garden for Japanese listening

Lifelong Japanese language learners are often looking for ways to integrate listening practice into their daily lives, whether it’s movies, podcasts, anime, TV shows, or other media we tend to download. One cool project, Radio Garden, offers another option: tuning … Continue reading

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