Tag Archives: Japanese culture

Fun Link Friday: Amabie sweets

Amidst the regular pandemic news over the last weeks, there have been numerous reports related to Japan centered on amabie アマビエ, a supernatural, mermaid-like creature from Japanese folklore. Although amabie only appears in one text from 1846 (and thus was probably … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Masculinity and Body Weight in Japan

Masculinity and Body Weight in Japan: Grappling with Metabolic Syndrome By Genaro Castro-Vázquez Drawing on the concept of the somatic self, Castro-Vázquez explores how Japanese men think about, express and interpret their experiences concerning bodyweight control. Based on an extensive … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Ghastly Tales from the Yotsuya kaidan

Ghastly Tales from the Yotsuya kaidan, ed. with an Introduction by Takashi Saitō Perhaps the most famous and oft told tales of horror in Japan, the Yotsuya kaidan tells of a young woman named Iwa and the curse she carried … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Japanese currency redesigns

What’s on your country’s money? After traveling overseas, I always come back to the US thinking about how boring our own bills seem! And it appears that Japan is putting even more thought into new and exciting illustrations for their … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Ukiyo-e project and modern prints

We’ve covered modern takes on and uses of ukiyo-e prints from early modern Japan a handful of times for our Fun Link Fridays here at Shinpai Deshou. The latest way in which ukiyo-e can be seen persisting in the cultural imaginary is … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Power Rankings of Japan’s Mascots

Mascots are one of the most well-known aspects of Japan’s cute culture. Everyone from local governments to giant corporations battles it out for the affections of the public through the likability and charisma of their mascots. But as the Japan … Continue reading

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Funding: Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships provide recipients with an opportunity to work in a scholarly environment conducive to completing a publication project. The Fellowships are … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Agents of World Renewal: The Rise of Yonaoshi Gods in Japan

AGENTS OF WORLD RENEWAL: THE RISE OF YONAOSHI GODS IN JAPAN Takashi Miura This volume examines a category of Japanese divinities that centered on the concept of “world renewal” (yonaoshi). In the latter half of the Tokugawa period (1603–1867), a … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Ikebana Battles 🌿🌻

What artful masterpiece can you put together in five minutes? At the third annual flower arranging battle in Ota, Tokyo this summer, spectators got to find out! Although the traditional art of ikebana (flower arrangement) in Japan is often thought of … Continue reading

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Job Opening: Film Coordinator, JICC, Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C

Link to full announcement: https://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/employment/film.html PDF Version: https://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/employment/pdf/JICCFilmCoordinator2019.pdf Vacancy Announcement: Film Coordinator The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Film Coordinator. The main responsibilities of this … Continue reading

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