Tag Archives: Japanese culture

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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Resource: The World of the Japanese Illustrated Book

These days there are seemingly endless digitized materials to look at online, whether searching for the contents of major public libraries, museums, or university collections. But we can’t always get a well-rounded understanding of an object just from the metadata … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Cultural Imprints: War and Memory in the Samurai Age

Cultural Imprints: War and Memory in the Samurai Age Edited by Elizabeth Oyler and Katherine Saltzman-Li Cultural Imprints draws on literary works, artifacts, performing arts, and documents that were created by or about the samurai to examine individual “imprints,” traces holding … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Gender, Culture, and Disaster in Post-3.11 Japan

Gender, Culture, and Disaster in Post-3.11 Japan Mire Koikari (Author) The Great East Japan Disaster – a compound catastrophe of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown that began on March 11, 2011 – has ushered in a new era of cultural … Continue reading

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Call for Applicants: Online Summer Program in Japanese Cultural Studies

The Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures are pleased to invite applications for the 2022 Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies, running from Monday 1st to Friday 12th August … 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: 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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