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Book Announcement: The Uses of Literature in Modern Japan

The Uses of Literature in Modern Japan Sari Kawana SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan The Uses of Literature in Modern Japan explores the varying uses of literature in Japan from the late Meiji period to the present, considering how … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Yoisho!

People pulling one of the parade floats at Gion Matsuri back in 2010. Photo by Travis. There sure are a ton of “expressions that appear to be a common part of everyday Japanese life but are not usually taught in … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Lacquerware of Aizu-Wakamatsu

A quickie fun link this week, given the holiday! You all know I’m a sucker for artisanry, so check out this video that was posted by the Japan Information and Culture Center of the Embassy in DC! It features the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Postwar Emigration to South America from Japan and the Ryukyu Islands

Postwar Emigration to South America from Japan and the Ryukyu Islands Pedro Iacobelli SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan Placing a distinct focus on the role of the sending state, this book examines the history of postwar Japan’s migration … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Pop-up Kirigami

Though I don’t speak French, I couldn’t resist posting this as a fun link when I came across the video online at golem 13: Nakamura Haruki, an expert in kirigami (paper cutting), has come up with incredibly adorable animal creations that literally … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Individuality in Early Modern Japan: Thinking for Oneself

Individuality in Early Modern Japan: Thinking for Oneself By Peter Nosco Two of the most commonly alleged features of Japanese society are its homogeneity and its encouragement of conformity, as represented by the saying that the nail that sticks up … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: The Most Loyal Cat in Japan

Unrelated cat photo taken by Travis at Yanaka Cemetery in Tokyo, June 2013. Louise Hung is an American writer currently living in Japan. Her latest post on The Order of the Good Death, entitled “Paying my respects to the most … Continue reading

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