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Book Announcement: Japan’s Castles: Citadels of Modernity in War and Peace

Japan’s Castles: Citadels of Modernity in War and Peace Oleg Benesch and Ran Zwigenberg An innovative examination of heritage politics in Japan, showing how castles have been used to re-invent and recapture competing versions of the pre-imperial past and project … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japanese Culture Through Videogames

Japanese Culture Through Videogames Rachael Hutchinson Examining a wide range of Japanese videogames, including arcade fighting games, PC-based strategy games and console JRPGs, this book assesses their cultural significance and shows how gameplay and context can be analyzed together to … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Thought Crime: Ideology and State Power in Interwar Japan

Thought Crime: Ideology and State Power in Interwar Japan Max M. Ward In Thought Crime Max M. Ward explores the Japanese state’s efforts to suppress political radicalism in the 1920s and 1930s. Ward traces the evolution of an antiradical law called the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Uneven Moments: Reflections on Japan’s Modern History

Uneven Moments Reflections on Japan’s Modern History Harry Harootunian Columbia University Press Few scholars have done more than Harry Harootunian to shape the study of modern Japan. Incorporating Marxist critical perspectives on history and theoretically informed insights, his scholarship has … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline

Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline David Leheny Empire of Hope asks how emotions become meaningful in political life. In a diverse array of cases from recent Japanese history, David Leheny shows how sentimental portrayals of the nation … Continue reading

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Resource: The Meiji at 150 Project

Today we introduce a wonderful, multifaceted and multi-year project spearheaded by the University of British Columbia that has been bringing great content to the Japanese Studies community in a number of forms: The Meiji at 150 Project. In honor of … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Modern Kyoto: Building for Ceremony and Commemoration, 1868-1940

Modern Kyoto: Building for Ceremony and Commemoration, 1868–1940 Alice Y. Tseng Can an imperial city survive, let alone thrive, without an emperor? Alice Y. Tseng answers this intriguing question in Modern Kyoto, a comprehensive study of the architectural and urban projects carried … Continue reading

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