Book Announcement: The Tales of Ise [new translation]

The Tales of Ise

Translated by Peter MacMillan

One of the three seminal works of Japanese literature, this beautiful collection of poems and tales offers an unparalleled insight into ancient Japan.

Along with the Tale of Genji and One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, The Tales of Ise is considered one of the three most important works of Japanese literature. A poem-tale collection from the early Heian period, it contains many stories of amorous adventures, faithful friendship and travels in exile, framing the exquisite poems at the work’s heart.

The Tales of Ise has influenced waka, Noh, tales and diaries since the time it was written, and is still the source of endless inspiration in novels, poetry, manga and cartoons. This volume has been translated by Peter MacMillan and includes a preface by the renowned Japanologist Donald Keene.

‘MacMillan’s Tales of Ise adds to the treasures of Japanese literature that can now be enjoyed in English translation. It is the most poetic translation of this work to date and establishes MacMillan as an outstanding translator of Japanese poetry’

– Donald Keene


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Job Opening: Japanese history, Connecticut College

Institution: Connecticut College
Location:  New London, Connecticut
Position:  Visiting Assistant Professor, History

The Department of History invites applicants for a one-year visiting position in Japanese History, beginning in July 1, 2017. In addition to two required introductory Japanese history classes, intermediate- or upper-level classes in the candidate’s area of expertise would be welcomed. The teaching load for the position is three courses per semester. The position is open to specialists in all fields of Japanese History. PhD preferred, but ABD will be considered. This is a benefits eligible position.

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. Recognizing that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable, the College has embarked on a significantly successful initiative to diversify its faculty, student body and curriculum. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity. We encourage applications from candidates who share this understanding of the faculty role and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, including members of historically underrepresented groups. AA/EEO

We value the contributions visitors bring to our community and encourage their active engagement with their departments and all aspects of campus life during the course of their appointment. Visiting faculty are initially participating members of the faculty and voting members in their second and subsequent years; their presence is welcome at all faculty meetings.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching effectiveness to Interfolio at: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Questions may be addressed to Lisa Wilson, Chair, History Department, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320;


Lisa Wilson, Chair, History Department, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320;


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Call for Papers: 2nd Annual Midwestern Japanese Graduate Studies Workshop

Call for Abstracts
2nd Annual Midwestern Japanese Graduate Studies Workshop
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
May 12th to 13th, 2017

Graduate students (PhD or MA) in Japanese Studies at Midwestern universities are invited to submit abstracts for the 2nd Annual Midwestern Japanese Graduate Studies Workshop. This two-day workshop will provide students with the opportunity to share their research with peers from other Midwestern institutions, foster regional connections, and receive feedback on their work.

The workshop will be held on May 12th and 13th, beginning with a presentation by Robert Tierney (Associate Professor in the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) at a co-hosted session of the University of Chicago’s Arts and Politics of East Asia and East Asia: Transregional Histories workshops. On Saturday May 13th, four ninety-minute panels will be held, each with a dedicated discussant from the University of Chicago. This format is designed to actively engage participants in the process of reading one another’s work and providing dynamic feedback.

Participants will submit an excerpt of their work no longer than ten pages in length which will be circulated to all participants prior to the workshop. They will then deliver a twenty minute talk based on their paper. We ask that presenters stay within this time frame to allow ample time for feedback.

We welcome submissions from a range of graduate work, including conference-style presentations, portions of MA theses, or PhD chapters. Eight graduate students from Midwestern institutions with Japanese studies graduate programs will be selected to participate.

Applications (due March 31st, 2017):

Please email the following to

  • Full name

  • Institutional affiliation

  • Discipline of study

  • Email address

  • Title of presentation

  • 250-300 word abstract

Successful applicants will be notified by April 3rd, 2017.

Final papers will be due for circulation May 5th, 2017.

Travel expenses and lodging:

Lodging will be provided free of charge to all participants at the University of Chicago’s Quadrangle Club from May 12th to May 14th. More information can be found at the Quadrangle Club website. General information about visiting Hyde Park can be found here.

Several meals will be provided over the course of the workshop; this includes dinner the first evening (May 12th) with Professor Tierney. We ask that participants in the workshop secure funds from their home institutions to use for travel and per diem purposes.

Contact Information:

Conference website

Conference email

Philomena Mazza-Hilway

Kyle Peters

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Job Opening: Office Services Coordinator, East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University Bloomington

job opening - 5Institution: Indiana University Bloomington
Location: Bloomington, IN
Application Due: 03/23/2017
Type: Full Time
Education: BA preferred

Position Title: Office Services Coordinator

Department Information

The East Asian Studies Center (EASC) strives to build networks of knowledge, practice, resources, and discovery that enhance understanding of East Asia locally, regionally, and nationally by:
supporting interdisciplinary research and teaching;
linking academic resources with K-12, business, and professional communities;
investing in innovative scholarship and courses;
coordinating conferences and workshops;
educating K-12 teachers;
fostering dialogue among scholars, students, practitioners, and policy makers.
Click here to visit the Center Website for more information.

Job Summary

Serves as the primary source of administrative support for the East Asian Studies Center (EASC).

Manages the office reception desk, serving as initial point of contact for all visitors, including faculty, students, and members of the public. Serves as liaison with IT and technology support staff and is also responsible for the smooth function of the office, including: ordering office supplies, assisting with event planning, processing travel awards and acting as unit travel arranger. Collects and organizes documentation for center’s financial transactions, and maintains unit e-mail account and distribution lists. Assists with updating Center website, online newsletter, and social media accounts, and maintains database(s) for tracking and managing EASC events and functions. Additionally, works with EASC leadership to develop and update procedural manuals, and provides training to student staff on office procedures and protocols.

Required Qualifications

REQUIRED: High school diploma or GED and three years of office experience.

Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills including a customer service orientation and ability to interact and communicate effectively with a wide variety of individuals including faculty, staff, students and the general public.
Strong organizational skills including ability to work independently and prioritize workload with appropriate judgment in a fast-paced environment.
Demonstrated ability to accurately analyze detailed information; and accurate filing, typing, and document preparation skills.
Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree; experience with Indiana University systems and software (e.g. SIS, IUIE, HRMS, FIS, iStart, GIS, purchasing, and travel); understanding of database software.

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Job Opening: Program Assistant, Asian Studies Program, George Washington University

job opening - 5Program Assistant, Asian Studies Program
Institution: George Washington University
Location: Washington, DC
Posted: 03/08/2017
Type: Full Time
Education: BA or equivalent experience

Campus Location: Foggy Bottom
College/School/Department: Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA)

Job Description Summary:
The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and one of the largest schools of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies promotes research and policy analysis on East Asia, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia through an active program of publishing, teaching, public events and policy engagement. The Sigur Center currently seeks a Program Assistant. Reporting to the Director, Sigur Center this position supports the Directors of PISA and the Bachelors and Masters Academic Programs by providing administrative and programmatic support to the undergraduate and graduate Asian Studies academic programs, Partnerships for International strategies in Asia (PISA), and the Sigur Center for Asian studies. In particular, duties involve academic scheduling, event and seminar planning, budgeting, student advising, making travel arrangements, and managing social media and communications tools.

PISA responsibilities (50 percent):
The Program Assistant will assist PISA staff with all administrative and logistical aspects of PISA programming. Duties include updating the website and PISA’s social media platforms; assisting with the scheduling and execution of short-courses, events management, photography, and other logistics; researching grant opportunities, as well as other duties that may be required to support PISA’s mission.

Sigur Center and Asian Studies Program responsibilities (50 percent):
The Program Assistant will serve as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, other departments and/or the general public on various issues relate to the Asian studies program. In particular, this position involves academic scheduling, events and seminar planning, making travel arrangements and managing social media and communications tools. Key responsibilities include:

  • Provides day-to-day administrative and operational support to program directors, including providing general budget support by processing transactions for the program.
  • Maximizes PISA’s online presence through the utilization of social networks, including assisting with quarterly updates, webcast and video-conferencing, etc.
  • Serves as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, other departments and/or the general public on various issues.
  • Performs other work related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
High school diploma/GED, or equivalent combination of training and experience, is necessary plus 1.5 years of relevant experience, or a bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Qualifications:
Excellent communication, customer service, and organizational skills.
Demonstrated experience and interest in Asia and international affairs.
Ability to work with little supervision, but also teamwork skills.
Knowledge of a modern Asian language.
Experience using social media tools.

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Fun Link Friday: Vegetable Carving Art

Photo from Colossal.

Five years ago we featured an article on banana carving art, and let’s just say we never get tired of a new and fun food idea coming out of Japan. This week we have an article from Colossal highlighting the Japanese artist Gaku, who has taken mukimono 剥き物 (the art of decorative garnishing) to the next level with complex geometric patterns in his vegetable carvings. As Colossal points out, one of the most incredible parts of this art is that it must be done in a matter of minutes before oxidation sets in and begins to alter the color and integrity of some of your vegetables! Visit the original article  or Gaku’s instagram to see more incredible work!

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Summer Study Abroad: UNO-Japan: Study at Doshisha University Program

(reshared from H-Net)

The 2017 U. of New Orlean-Japan: Study at Doshisha University Program is a 6-week (online intro-week plus 5 weeks in Japan) summer program designed for participants to learn about Japanese Culture, Philosophy, Cinema, History, and Language while living in Kyoto, an ancient capital of Japan.

Eligibility: The program is open to any US College Students as well as eligible High School Seniors who will turn 18 by May 21, 2017. We accept students from around the US as guest students (including international students, although depending upon their nationality, they may have to acquire a visa to Japan).

Course offerings: Students choose two courses from the following:

*Basic Japanese II (Japanese language)
*The Tao of Happiness (Interdisciplinary course)
*Journey to the Heart of Zen (Philosophy)
*History of Asian Civilizations (History)
*Love in the Japanese Cinema (Film)

Dates: May 28-July 1, 2017 (online intro week is May 21 to 27th)
Cost: $4,995.00

Earn 6 college credit hours (fully transferable, check with your advisor for course equivalency). Open to anyone over 18 years of age at the time of departure who meet UNO admissions requirements.

No previous knowledge of the Japanese language required.
The program has been very well received by previous students – quite a few of them have participated twice!
For more information, please visit our website at:, or e-mail us at:

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We hope you will join us this summer!

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