Category Archives: culture

Fun Link Friday: Letter from Sakamoto Ryoma Discovered in Tokyo Home

I think the quote says it all here. Wow! Totsugeki Atto Home (突撃!アッとホーム) airs every Saturday at 8:00pm. Each week the family-themed show revolves around several households across Japan and the small, intimate inner workings that make them function. One … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Viscount Hayashi in The Lady’s Realm Magazine

This week’s fun link is a combination of my enjoyment of first-person accounts, historical ladies magazines, and the late Meiji period. This article from The Lady’s Realm (1903-4), a British women’s magazine, details the lifestyle of Viscount Hayashi and his wife Misao. I … Continue reading

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Podcast Recommendation: TBS文科系トークラジオLife

I am heart-broken that the radio show Suntory Saturday Waiting Bar Avanti ended–it was one of my favorite podcasts. To fill the gap for Japanese podcasts about culture, I’ve started listening to a new podcast: TBS文科系トークラジオLife (Life: TBS Cultural Talk-Radio). It’s sort of like This American Life in that that hosts discuss topics centered around a theme, but instead of going out to record stories like Avanti did and TAL does, they just talk with their guests. Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Kanazawa in Spring

This Friday, brush up on your floral vocabulary with this tour of Kanazawa’s early-spring flowers over on かなざわ風便り. There’s dogtooth violet (片栗の花), camellias (椿), and more. Plus a stunning cityscape! Happy spring (and warm wishes for spring to come to colder … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Contemporary Asian Craft Worlds

We welcome submissions across disciplines and addressing any region in Asia for the panel below, which will be part of the annual College Art Association conference held in New York city, February 11-14, 2015. Contemporary Asian Craft Worlds Rebecca M. … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Gender and Law in the Japanese Imperium

Via University of Hawai’i Press. Gender and Law in the Japanese Imperium Editor: Burns, Susan L.; Brooks, Barbara J.; 312pp. December 2013 Cloth – Price: $45.00ISBN: 978-0-8248-3715-0 Beginning in the nineteenth century, law as practice, discourse, and ideology became a … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Your Cat as a Cat-Bus

Sweet Ipomoea has done what many cat-owning Miyazaki fans have dreamed of for Halloween: made her cat a Catbus costume from Tonari no Totoro. For more photos and instructions, check out the full post on her blog.

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Workshop: Reading Kuzushiji

The Japan Committee of the University of Chicago invites applications for the 2014 Summer Workshop: Reading Kuzushiji taking place June 16-21.  The workshop will meet each day from 9-4.   It is open to students and faculty with a working knowledge … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Conquering Demons: The “Kirishitan,” Japan, and the World in Early Modern Japanese Literature

Jan C. Leuchtenberger Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies, No. 75 Copyright 2013, xii + 240 pages, 7 illustrations, 4 tables Hardback: ISBN 978-1-929280-77-3 ($65.00) Paperback: ISBN 978-1-929280-78-0 ($25.00) Published by the Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan … Continue reading

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Deadline extended: The Noh Training Project

The Noh Training Project based in Bloomsburg, PA is extending its early registration deadline until March 31st. Please see our website http://www.nohtrainingproject.org/ for details. This year, the Noh Training Project is celebrating its 20th anniversary culminating in torchlight performances of the classical noh … Continue reading

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