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Book Announcement: Onnagata: A Labyrinth of Gendering in Kabuki Theater

Via University of Washington Press. Onnagata: A Labyrinth of Gendering in Kabuki Theater MAKI ISAKA paperback not available $50.00 HARDCOVER (9780295995106) PUBLISHED: January 2016 SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies / Japan; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Performing Arts BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 272 … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Japan’s Plushies Tormented in the Wash

Sorry for the lack of Fun Link Fridays lately, research/travel insanity has taken over! In the spirit of my tormented state of academic mind, this week we bring you a quickie fun link from Rocket News 24, which wrote earlier this … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Cartographic Japan

Kären Wigen, Sugimoto Fumiko, and Cary Karacas (eds.), Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps, University of Chicago Press, 2016. From the publisher: Miles of shelf space in contemporary Japanese bookstores and libraries are devoted to travel guides, walking maps, and … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Suicide in Twentieth-Century Japan

Japan’s suicide phenomenon has fascinated both the media and academics, although many questions and paradoxes embedded in the debate on suicide have remained unaddressed in the existing literature, including the assumption that Japan is a “Suicide Nation”. This tendency causes … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Photographs of Japan from 1908

I love early photographs of Japan, as one can probably tell from many of our previous Fun Link Fridays. Here’s some shots from 1908, from the Library of Congress’ collection by Arnold Genthe (1869-1942). As My Modern Met describes: These rare … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair: Body, Woman, and Desire in Medieval Japanese Narratives

Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair: Body, Woman, and Desire in Medieval Japanese Narratives Rajyashree Pandey University of Hawaii Press, 2016. Pandey suggests that “woman” in medieval Japanese narratives does not constitute a self-evident and distinct category, and that there is little … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Nara Japan, 758-763: A Study and Translation of Shoku Nihongi,Tenpyō Hōji 2 – 7

Ross Bender’s Nara Japan, 758-763: A Study and Translation of Shoku Nihongi,Tenpyō Hōji 2 – 7 is now available at CreateSpace and Amazon: https://www.createspace.com/5981677 This is the third in a projected five-volume translation of Shoku Nihongi for the years 749-770. Also available are The … Continue reading

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