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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: Tenkō: Cultures of Political Conversion in Transwar Japan

Tenkō: Cultures of Political Conversion in Transwar Japan Edited By Irena Hayter, George T. Sipos, Mark Williams This book approaches the concept of tenkō (political conversion) as a response to the global crisis of interwar modernity, as opposed to a distinctly Japanese … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Pilgrims Until We Die: Unending Pilgrimage in Shikoku

Pilgrims Until We Die: Unending Pilgrimage in Shikoku Ian Reader and John Shultz The Shikoku pilgrimage, a 1400 kilometre, eighty-eight temple circuit around Japan’s fourth largest island, takes around forty days by foot, or one week by car. Historically, Buddhist … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Rethinking Locality in Japan

Rethinking Locality in Japan Edited By Sonja Ganseforth, Hanno Jentzsch This book inquires what is meant when we say “local” and what “local” means in the Japanese context. Through the window of locality, it enhances an understanding of broader political … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Green with Milk and Sugar: When Japan Filled America’s Tea Cups

Green with Milk and Sugar When Japan Filled America’s Tea Cups Robert Hellyer Today, Americans are some of the world’s biggest consumers of black teas; in Japan, green tea, especially sencha, is preferred. These national partialities, Robert Hellyer reveals, are deeply … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Touching the Unreachable Writing, Skinship, Modern Japan

Touching the Unreachable: Writing, Skinship, Modern Japan Fusako Innami Fusako Innami offers the first comprehensive study of touch and skinship—relationality with the other through the skin—in modern Japanese writing. The concept of the unreachable—that is, the lack of characters’ complete … 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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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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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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