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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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Book Announcement: Capturing Contemporary Japan

Satsuki Kawano, Susan Long, and myself, as editors; U. Hawaii Press What are people’s life experiences in present-day Japan? This timely volume addresses fundamental questions vital to understanding Japan in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Its chapters collectively … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Modern Japanese Crests

Here’s a fun link I stashed away since earlier this year: Japanese family crests, or kamon have been embedded in all kinds of items since premodern times, from ceramics and kimono to castles. These days, you might find them most often on samurai … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Zen-life: Ikkyu and Beyond

Evgeny Steiner. Zen-life: Ikkyu and Beyond. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. 475 pp. with ill. This book examines Japanese culture of the Muromachi epoch (14-16 centuries) with Ikkyu Sojun (1394-1481) as its focal point. Ikkyu’s contribution to the culture of his time … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: The Secret Science Behind Japanese Food Pairings

Why does sushi taste so good with wasabi? Why is edamame such a popular beer snack? Graham Nelson explores the science behind popular Japanese food pairings over on Spoon & Tamago. Check it out here.

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Fun Link Friday: All About Tsukemono

Miki Kawasaki just published a gorgeously photographed guide to tsukemono (漬け物) on Serious Eats. The article covers the history and purpose of tsukemono as well as the how they’re made and how to serve them. Japanese pickles—known collectively as tsukemono—can easily go unnoticed as … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: The European Union and Asia. Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities

International Academic Conference September 16th, 2014 Call for Papers Kozminski University Asia Research Centre (KU ARC) is pleased to announce the call for papers for the The European Union and Asia. Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities, a conference organized jointly by … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: A Reading of The Tale of Genji

Description: This is a lightly edited and more accurately proofread version of The Disaster of the Third Princess: Essays on The Tale of Genji. The new title better conveys the book’s content. Disaster can be downloaded free in pdf format, but many prefer not to … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity: Japanese Women, Pregnancy Loss, and Modern Rituals of Grieving

Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity: Japanese Women, Pregnancy Loss, and Modern Rituals of Grieving. Oxford University Press, 2013 (Oxford Ritual Studies). ISBN 978-0-19-994215-2 (pbk) Author:  Smith, Bardwell L. Preface 1. Mizuko Kuyō: Memorial Services for Child Loss in Japan 2. … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: To Hallow Genji: A Tribute to Noh

This tribute to the Noh theater includes eighteen plays and four essays. Among the plays are five non-repertoire that survive in Zeami’s own hand. The eighteen are Genji kuyo, Akoya no matsu, Funabashi, Furu, Genjo, Hakozaki, Higaki, Kuzu, Matsura Sayohime, … Continue reading

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