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Book Announcement: Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent Through History

We are pleased to announce the recent publication of Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent Through History which has been co-published by Honk Kong University Press and the University of Hawai’i Press and co-edited by Vimalin Rujivacharakul, H. Hazel Hahn, Ken … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: The real-life shrines of Sailor Moon

If you’re revisiting classic Sailor Moon or watching Sailor Moon Crystal, check out Rurousha’s post on the Tokyo shrines that appear in the manga and anime. The shrine is written 火川 in the manga, but it’s 氷川 in real life. … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Beyond Ainu Studies: Changing Academic and Public Perspectives

Via University of Hawai’i Press. Editors: Mark J. Hudson, Ann-Elise Lewallen, Mark K. Watson 272pp. January 2014 Cloth – Price: $52.00ISBN: 978-0-8248-3697-9 In 2008, 140 years after it had annexed Ainu lands, the Japanese government shocked observers by finally recognizing … Continue reading

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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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