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Fun Link Friday: Wagashi Designs from Nature

Japan’s wagashi (和菓子) are gorgeous gems of anko, mochi, and sugar. Get a look at how nature translates into sweets on Spoon & Tamago‘s review of Nakamura Hajime’s wagashi and nature photos from his website and book Wagashi. 

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Funding Short-term Research Projects: Conducting an Oral History in Sendai

As some of our Twitter and Facebook followers may know, back in February, my colleague Malina Suity and I ran a Kickstarter campaign to support an oral history project we conducted in Japan. The project was an epic foray into … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Ito Hirobumi – Japan’s First Prime Minister and Father of the Meiji Constitution

Ito Hirobumi – Japan’s First Prime Minister and Father of the Meiji Constitution By Takii Kazuhiro Translated by Takechi Manabu Routledge – 2014 – 250 pages Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia Hardback: $155.00 978-0-415-83886-3 January 20th … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Man’yōshū and the Imperial Imagination in Early Japan

Man’yōshū and the Imperial Imagination in Early Japan Brill, 2014. 444 pages. Hardcover, $63/€49 /£42. In Man’yōshū and the Imperial Imagination in Early Japan, Torquil Duthie examines the literary representation of the late seventh-century Yamato court as a realm of “all … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Meiji Meth: the Deep History of Illicit Drugs

When Breaking Bad was in its full (and justified) hype, a colleague of mine over at Nursing Clio  sent me this link about the invention of meth in Meiji Japan, a factoid of which I was totally unaware. Want to find out … Continue reading

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Japanese Studies 5-10-20: Resources and Thoughts on International Education

For our fifth article in our Japanese Studies 5-10-20 series, today we have a unique perspective from Stephanie Toriumi, a student advisor (Academic Officer) for the Liberal Arts program at Hawaii Tokai International College. She will talk about how she landed a … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Literature and Art after Fukushima

Gebhardt, Lisette; Masami, Yuki (eds.) (2014): Literature and Art after Fukushima. Four Approaches. (German Studies on Japanese Literature and Culture Vol. 7). Berlin: EB-Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-86893-118-1 http://www.ebv-berlin.de/Band-7-Literature-and-Art-after-Fukushima This English language volume “Literature and Art after ‘Fukushima’” has been edited by … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Three Tales of Okiku

Obon season is fast upon us, so get into a spooky mood with three variations on the one of Japan’s most famous ghost stories over on Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai. Okiku is one of the most interesting yurei in Japan. She is a true … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Imagining Japan in Post-war East Asia: identity politics, schooling and popular culture

Imagining Japan in Post-war East Asia: identity politics, schooling and popular culture Paul Morris, Naoko Shimazu and Edward Vickers, editors (Routledge: 2013) 264 pp ISBN: 978-0-415-71399-3 In the decades since her defeat in the Second World War, Japan has continued … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Bonsai in Space

We’ve seen bonsai of Bag End, but what about bonsai in space? For his Exobiotantic “installation,” Azuma Makoto launched two botanical objects into space from a Nevada launch site. Check out the links to learn more about the construction and the … Continue reading

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