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Fun Link Friday: Living inside the active volcano Aogashima

Japan contains some of the most breath-taking natural scenery in the world, but also is prone to a great number of natural perils like earthquakes and tsunami. But would you trade off living in a dream-like island setting where you can … Continue reading

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Resource: Asian Historical Architecture

Today we introduce a somewhat unusual resource, the site Asian Historical Architecture. This collection of user-donated materials provides a photographic survey of architectural heritage across Asia, taking “Asia” in a refreshingly broad interpretation. Background information and virtual tours are available … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: ‘Tokyo-ized’ Cities

As I wrap up my two years of research here in Tokyo (and miss Fun Link Fridays in my haste, sorry!), I’m left thinking about how one of the biggest culture shocks will simply be the change in urban scenery. Even … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Intimacy and Reproduction in Contemporary Japan

Intimacy and Reproduction in Contemporary Japan By Genaro Castro-Vázquez © 2016 – Routledge 214 pages | 1 B/W Illus. https://www.routledge.com/Intimacy-and-Reproduction-in-Contemporary-Japan/Castro-Vazquez/p/book/9781138640443 About the Book This book presents an ethnographic investigation of intimate and reproductive behaviour in current Japanese society, grounded in … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japanese Feminist Debates

Japanese Feminist Debates: A Century of Contention on Sex, Love, and Labor by Ayako Kano University of Hawaiʻi Press, June 2016, $68 hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8248-5580-2 From the publisher’s website: Recent years have seen a surge of interest in Japanese feminism … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Media Convergence in Japan

Media Convergence in Japan, co-edited with Patrick W. Galbraith  This collection of essays explores the convergences and divergences arising from the digital transition in Japanese media culture. The ebook version has been published for free and open access in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats for download from the Internet … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: A History of the World in 100 Objects

Back in 2010, the British Museum put out a series of 100 short podcasts, using objects from their vast collection to highlight episodes or thematic aspects in world history. Right: A helmet from Sutton Hoo, one of the most famous … Continue reading

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