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Book Announcement: Thought Crime: Ideology and State Power in Interwar Japan

Thought Crime: Ideology and State Power in Interwar Japan Max M. Ward In Thought Crime Max M. Ward explores the Japanese state’s efforts to suppress political radicalism in the 1920s and 1930s. Ward traces the evolution of an antiradical law called the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: An Encyclopedia of Japan’s Cultured Warriors

Samurai An Encyclopedia of Japan’s Cultured Warriors by Constantine Nomikos Vaporis Alphabetically arranged entries along with primary source documents provide a comprehensive examination of the lives of Japan’s samurai during the Tokugawa or Edo period, 1603–1868, a time when Japan … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: A New History of Medieval Japanese Theatre: Noh and Kyōgen from 1300 to 1600

A New History of Medieval Japanese Theatre: Noh and Kyōgen from 1300 to 1600 Authors: Pinnington, Noel J. This book traces the history of noh and kyōgen, the first major Japanese theatrical arts. Going beyond P. G. O’Neill’s Early Nō Drama of … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War

American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War by Duncan Ryūken Williams http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674986534&content=reviews This groundbreaking history tells the little-known story of how, in one of our country’s darkest hours, Japanese Americans fought to defend their … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Haiku of Basho

The Haiku of Basho, by John White and Kemmyo Taira Sato The Buddhist Society, London: 2019 See: https://www.thebuddhistsociety.org/page/5-7-5-the-haiku-of-basho-1 Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) is widely acknowledged as the greatest of all the Japanese haiku poets. In the original Japanese, the two defining features of … Continue reading

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Call for Applications: Japanese Summer School at SOAS

DURATION:    2 weeks or 4 weeks TUITION FEE:  £1,150 (10% discount if you apply by 31 March) ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age. Professional experience … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Uneven Moments: Reflections on Japan’s Modern History

Uneven Moments Reflections on Japan’s Modern History Harry Harootunian Columbia University Press Few scholars have done more than Harry Harootunian to shape the study of modern Japan. Incorporating Marxist critical perspectives on history and theoretically informed insights, his scholarship has … Continue reading

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