Category Archives: culture

Book Announcement: The JET Program and the U.S.-Japan Relationship: Goodwill Goldmine

Since 1987, the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program has recruited thousands of young college graduates from more than sixty countries, including the United States, to work in Japan for up to five years. Now, thirty years after the program’s … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Haiku Contest!

A quickie fun link for those haiku (and tea!) lovers out there. The well-known tea company Oi Ocha is hosting a “new haiku” contest that is open from now through February 28. All ages and nationalities are welcome to submit … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Population Aging and International Health-Caregiver Migration to Japan

Population Aging and International Health-Caregiver Migration to Japan Gabriele Vogt, Cham: Springer, 2018. This book introduces Japan’s current policy initiatives directed at eldercare and international labor migration, and, wherever appropriate,it adds a comparative perspective from Germany. The book shows how … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources

C. Pierce Salguero (ed.), Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017). From its earliest days, Buddhism has been closely intertwined with medicine. Buddhism and Medicine is a singular collection showcas- ing the generative relationship and … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Learning the Language of Crows

As if crows weren’t terrifying enough around the world (and especially in Japan, where they are basically the size of small dogs), new studies are taking our interactions with them to the next level. Recently highlighted in an NHK World video, researcher … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Placing Empire: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan

Placing Empire Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan Kate McDonald Placing Empire examines the spatial politics of Japanese imperialism through a study of Japanese travel and tourism to Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan between the late nineteenth century and the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Imagination and Narrative: Lexical and Cultural Translation in Buddhist Asia

Via University of Washington Press. Imagination and Narrative: Lexical and Cultural Translation in Buddhist Asia EDITED BY PETER SKILLING AND JUSTIN THOMAS MCDANIEL CONTENTS The diffusion of religious thought in Buddhist Asia has been marked by new modes of expression. … Continue reading

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