Tag Archives: modern Japan

Resource: Grassroots Operations of the Japanese Empire Translated Primary Sources for Teaching Purposes

Today’s resource post is Grassroots Operations of the Japanese Empire: Translated Primary Sources for Teaching Purposes. Begun in 2021 by Sayaka Chatani, Assistant Professor of History at the National University of Singapore, the website provides a wide variety of primary … Continue reading

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Resource: Bell Historical Postcard Collection

With digitization of notable collections increasing it’s wonderful to learn about new and fascinating archives. This week we briefly feature the Bell Historical Postcard Collection at the University of Hawai’i. Originally donated to the university as a scrapbook by Mr. … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: More Than Medals: A History of the Paralympics and Disability Sports in Postwar Japan

More Than Medals A History of the Paralympics and Disability Sports in Postwar Japan Dennis J. Frost How does a small provincial city in southern Japan become the site of a world-famous wheelchair marathon that has been attracting the best … Continue reading

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Resource: Bodies and Structures

This week I’m featuring a shorter resource post on the site Bodies and Structures, which is a collaborative research and teaching platform built by David Ambaras (North Carolina State University) and Kate McDonald (UC Santa Barbara) on spatial histories of … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Translating the Occupation: The Japanese Invasion of China, 1931–45

Translating the Occupation: The Japanese Invasion of China, 1931–45 Edited by Jonathan Henshaw, Craig A. Smith, and Norman Smith UBC Press From 1931 to 1945, as Japanese imperialism developed and spread throughout China, three regions experienced life under occupation: the … Continue reading

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Resource: Tsukioka Kōgyo, 月岡耕漁 The Art of Noh, 1869-1927

When we think of woodblock prints, typically what comes to mind is early modern Japan, with its wealth of colorful kabuki prints and personalities. However, woodblock printing continued to be a rich and fascinating artistic practice long after, and kabuki … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: A Transnational Critique of Japaneseness: Cultural Nationalism, Racism, and Multiculturalism in Japan

A Transnational Critique of JapanesenessCultural Nationalism, Racism, and Multiculturalism in JapanYUKO KAWAI In this book, Yuko Kawai departs from the common conception of Japan as an ethnically homogenous nation. A Transnational Critique of Japaneseness: Cultural Nationalism, Racism, and Multiculturalism in … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Competing Visions of Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia, 1938-1960: Identity, Asianism, and the Search for a Regional Role

Competing Visions of Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia, 1938–1960:Identity, Asianism and the Search for a Regional RoleVon Dr. Heiko Lang In a detailed discourse analysis, it compares competing arguments offered by business circles, the military, the political and diplomatic elites, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Ishikawa Sanshirō’s Geographical Imagination: Transnational Anarchism and the Reconfiguration of Everyday Life in Early Twentieth-Century Japan

Ishikawa Sanshirō’s Geographical ImaginationTransnational Anarchism and the Reconfiguration of Everyday Life in Early Twentieth-Century Japan Nadine Willems In modern Japan, anti-establishment ideas have related in many ways to Japan’s capitalist development and industrialization. Activist and intellectual Ishikawa Sanshirō exemplifies this … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea

Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea by David Fedman Japanese colonial rule in Korea (1905–1945) ushered in natural resource management programs that profoundly altered access to and ownership of the peninsula’s extensive mountains and forests. Under … Continue reading

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