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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: 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: 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: 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: The Values in Numbers: Reading Japanese Literature in a Global Information Age

The Values in Numbers Reading Japanese Literature in a Global Information Age Hoyt Long Ideas about how to study and understand cultural history—particularly literature—are rapidly changing as new digital archives and tools for searching them become available. This is not … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Prostitutes, Hostesses, and Actresses at the Edge of the Japanese Empire: Fragmenting History

Prostitutes, Hostesses, and Actresses at the Edge of the Japanese Empire: Fragmenting History Nobuko Ishitate-Okunomiya Yamasaki Book Description: Analysing materials from literature and film, this book considers the fates of women who did not or could not buy into the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Mobilizing Japanese Youth: The Cold War and the Making of the Sixties Generation

Mobilizing Japanese Youth: The Cold War and the Making of the Sixties Generation Christopher Gerteis In Mobilizing Japanese Youth, Christopher Gerteis examines how non-state institutions in Japan—left-wing radicals and right-wing activists—attempted to mold the political consciousness of the nation’s first postwar generation, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Interpreting the Mikado’s Empire: The Writings of William Elliot Griffis

Interpreting the Mikado’s Empire:The Writings of William Elliot GriffisEDITED BY JOSEPH M. HENNING For more than fifty years, William Elliot Griffis (1843–1928) chronicled a rapidly changing Meiji Japan and its people. He was unequaled in the length of his writing … Continue reading

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