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Book Announcement: Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan

Via University of Hawai’i Press. Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan Author: Fowler, Sherry D.; 384pp. November 2016 Cloth – Price: $70.00 ISBN: 978-0-8248-5622-9 Buddhists around the world celebrate the benefits of worshipping Kannon (Avalokiteśvara), a compassionate savior … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Roman Coins Found in Ryukyu Castle

For our archeology and history enthusiasts: Okinawa was a historical trade hub, and recently ten ancient coins, including several from the Roman and Ottoman empires, were excavated in Katsuren Castle, Uruma, Okinawa. “We don’t think that there is a direct link … Continue reading

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Resource: A-to-Z Dictionary of Japanese Buddhist Statuary and Religious Art

Chances are that if you have tried to google something about Buddhist deities, particularly some of the rarer ones, you’ve come across the A-to-Z Dictionary of Japanese Buddhist Statuary and Religious Art. Run by Mark Schumacher, an independent researcher with … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Return Migration Decisions: A Study on Highly Skilled Chinese in Japan

Return Migration Decisions: A Study on Highly Skilled Chinese in Japan by Ruth Achenbach Wiesbaden: Springer VS. http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783658160265 Ruth Achenbach develops a model of individual return migration decision making, which examines both the process and the decisive factors in return … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Videos of Japan’s Traditional Artisans

Maybe it’s because of my research, maybe because I love art, or maybe because making things with your hands is so dang cool, but I am totally obsessed with a YouTube playlist recently highlighted by Open Culture on production processes … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan

Via the University of Hawai’i Press. Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan JACQUELINE I. STONE 616pp. November 2016 Cloth – Price: $68.00 ISBN: 978-0-8248-5643-4 Buddhists across Asia have often aspired to die with a clear … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Rocks with Faces

Sorry for the lag in Fun Link Fridays lately, everybody! Last weekend I was traveling to Chicago to present at a workshop on The Impact of the Digital on Japanese Studies (more to come on Japanese Studies and digital humanities soon!). … Continue reading

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