Fun Link Friday: Halloween costumes in Tokyo

Halloween has really become a much bigger event in Japan in recent years. The Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade and the Magic of Halloween Parade in Tokyo showcase the growing enthusiasm for getting into the Halloween spirit, or at least making some really awesome costumes and flaunting them in public. Although a number of media outlets and sites probably covered these romps, TokyoFashion had some really great (and a large number!) of street snaps of the parade this week in Shibuya. Over at their Flickr account you can check out some high-quality pics and get (internationally!) into the Halloween spirit!

Photo by TokyoFashion

Photo by TokyoFashion



Photo by TokyoFashion

You can also check out video from the parade on their Youtube channel.

Happy Halloween, everybody!

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Job Opening: History, Missouri Southern State University

job opening - 5Institution:       Missouri Southern State University, Social Sciences
Location:          Missouri, United States
Position:          Assistant Professor of History, Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Missouri Southern State University invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant Professor of History beginning August 2014.  We are seeking a broadly trained historian of either Asia or Latin America. The successful applicant will be able to teach introductory courses in one of these areas, upper-level courses in his or her field of specialization, and the survey of either Western Civilization or United States History.  The position requires a commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level; teaching load is four courses per semester.  A Ph.D. is preferred, ABDs will be considered.   Applicants should submit a detailed letter of application, curriculum vitae (with the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of three references), and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. (Official transcripts are required 45 days after contract is issued).  Please email documents to  Please put position you are applying for in the subject line.  All applications must be received no later than January 5, 2015. Employment will require a background check. Must be eligible to work in the United States.  MSSU is an EOE employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among faculty and staff.


Ree Wells-Lewis

Social Sciences Department Head
Webster Hall 245
3950 East Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625.9565

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Job Opening: Asian migration and diaspora, Hamilton College

job opening - 5Institution:       Hamilton College
Location:          New York, United States
Position:          Post-Doctoral Fellow, Asian Migration and Diaspora

The Asian Studies Program at Hamilton College invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral position in any discipline for a scholar working on Asian migration and diaspora to begin July 1, 2015. Applicants must have completed Ph.D. by the time of appointment and possess a demonstrated commitment to excellence in research and teaching. Mastery of a relevant Asian language is expected. The successful candidate will be housed in the department appropriate to their training, teaching three courses a year. The annual salary is $50,000 for the candidate with Ph.D. in hand.

Hamilton ( is a residential liberal arts college located in upstate New York. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find other Hamilton and nearby academic job listings at  Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in all areas of the campus community.

Submit application materials, including a letter of application, c.v., dissertation abstract (Dissertation Abstracts Online version), a writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and two course syllabi to Interfolio at


A complete application must include 1) a letter of application, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) dissertation abstract, 4) a writing sample, 5) three letters of recommendation, and 6) two course syllabi.  Address application materials to Professor Thomas Wilson, Asian Migration and Diaspora Post-Doctoral Search, Search Committee Chair, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY, 13323. To begin your application, please click on the Apply Now button below to create an Interfolio account. There is no charge for creating this account.


Address inquiries to Professor Thomas Wilson, Asian Migration and Diaspora Post-Doctoral Search, Search Committee Chair, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY, 13323. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2014.


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Resources: Premodern literature in translation

Recently we posted a guide to several resources for finding Japanese literature in translation, including databases for old and new works and international competitions for translating recent works. As a complement to these sites, today we’re providing a quickie resource for those interested in premodern literature which is especially useful for studying earlier works.

These resources are hosted on the Meiji Gakuin University site and were compiled through the efforts of moderators and editors of the Premodern Japanese Studies (PMJS) mailing listserv, now located on googlegroups.

The first is a bibliography of translations of Japanese works to 1600 (, originally established in 1999 and last updated in 2006. Although the focus is literary prose and poetry, there are also more general (historical, religious, etc.) sources included. The list is organized in a simple, alphabetical format by title with quicklink jumps by letter, but your most efficient option will be to simply use the “find” option in your browser. It’s particularly useful that although each entry is entered in romaji, the Japanese characters are also included, which facilitates your search if the romanization you know a title by is different from the one used on the site.

Under each entry you’ll find a simple bulleted list of translations in publication and their basic info, often with abbreviations for better known collections or journals. A list of the abbreviations used throughout the site can be found on the notes page.


translation entries

Three other genre-specific lists are maintained on the site, including one for noh plays (, kyogen plays (, and otogi zoshi (, a kind of medieval prose narrative.

For the noh play list, a variety of information is included for the entirety of the 253 plays in the noh repertoire of the five schools, along with some plays no longer performed and some others of interest. Although the information may not be complete for every play listed, the categories included are:

(E) English translation
(J) citations of print editions, though more often a link to a full Japanese electronic text
(S) some related secondary literature in English
(A) name of the presumed author


noh play entry

There is also a list major English translations and studies (listed alphabetically by author), a Japanese language database of publications, and a list of important secondary publications.


kyogen play entries

The kyogen section includes an alphabetical list of plays by title, followed by a brief  list of reference works in Japanese and bibliographical references for translations and studies. Titles are also included in Japanese with hiragana readings of kanji.

The otogi zoshi list includes a brief alphabetical (by author) list of studies on the subject, as well as a list of standard series that include reproductions of the original Japanese. Although there are no quicklinks, the otogi zoshi in translation included are listed alphabetically by title.


These lists are pretty straightforward but definitely excellent tools for reading or researching premodern Japanese literary works. Are there any other major lists for premodern Japanese literature or sources you all use? Let us know in the comments or at!

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Job Opening: Faculty Fellow, East Asian Studies and History, Colby College

job opening - 5Institution:       Colby College, East Asian Studies and History
Location:          Maine, United States
Position:          Faculty Fellow in East Asian Studies and History

The Departments of East Asian Studies and History at Colby College invite applications for a one-year faculty fellow, beginning September 1, 2015. Preference will be given to candidates with the Ph. D. completed, a research interest in the history of China, Japan, or Korea of any historical period, as well as demonstrated commitment to liberal arts education. Teaching load is four courses, including a one-semester “Foundations of East Asia” course, a 100-level survey of the modern history of China, Japan, or Korea, and 200- or 300-level history courses in an area of the candidate’s choosing. Please submit as one pdf file a letter of interest, c.v., a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of research interests to Please have three letters of recommendation submitted to the same address. Review of applications will begin on December 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. For more information about the College, please visit our website:

Contact:            Sherry Berard



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Book Announcement: Chigusa and the Art of Tea

CORCHIVia University of Washington Press.

$40.00T PAPERBACK (9780934686259)
hardcover not available
SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Art, Asian Studies
BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 208 pp., 160 illus., 60 in color, 9 x 11 in.
DISTRIBUTED FOR: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

This innovative book narrates the history of a single object-a tea-leaf storage jar created in southern China during the thirteenth or fourteenth centuries-and describes how its role changed after it was imported to Japan and passed from owner to owner there. In Japan, where the jar was in constant use for more than seven hundred years, it was transformed from a humble vessel into a celebrated object used in chanoyu (often translated in English as tea ceremony), renowned for its aesthetic and functional qualities, and awarded the name Chigusa.

Few extant tea utensils possess the quantity and quality of the accessories associated with Chigusa, material that enables modern scholars and tea aficionados to trace the jar’s evolving history of ownership and appreciation. Tea diaries indicate that the lavish accessories-the silk net bag, cover, and cords-that still accompany the jar were prepared in the early sixteenth century by its first recorded owner.

LOUISE ALLISON CORT is curator of ceramics, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. She received the 2012 Secretary’s Distinguished Research Lecture Award, Smithsonian Institution, and the 2012 Koyama Fujio Memorial Prize for her research on historical Japanese ceramics.

ANDREW M. WATSKY is professor of Japanese art at Princeton University. His book, Chikubushima: Deploying the Sacred Arts in Momoyama Japan, received the John Whitney Hall Book Prize (Association for Asian Studies) and the Shimada Prize (Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution).

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Job Opening: Asian History, St. John’s University

job opening - 5Institution:       St. John’s University, History
Location:          New York, United States
Position:          Assistant Professor, Associate Professor of Asian History

Assistant or Associate Professor of Asian History (Tenure Track)

St. John’s College – History Department

Queens Campus

The Department of History is seeking applications for a tenure-track appointment in East Asian history.  The position will be on the Queens, New York campus, beginning September 1, 2015.  Teaching will be at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Open field of specialization; ability to teach courses on China desirable.  Candidates must have a Ph.D., teaching experience, and promising research agenda.

Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Historical Association meeting in New York City in January 2015.

This position is subject to a comprehensive background screen, with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.

St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.


Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, writing sample, teaching statement or portfolio, and three letters of reference by December 1, 2014 to Dr. Elaine Carey, Chair, Department of History, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, New York 11439. E-mail:


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