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Book Announcement: The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan

Via University of Hawai’i Press. The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan Author: Sango, Asuka 304pp. February 2015 Cloth – Price: $54.00 ISBN: 978-0-8248-3986-4 In this pioneering study of the shifting status of the … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Dahl’s Japan

With apologies for getting political, I just came across these English-language political cartoons from the Japan Times, and (if you are politically aligned with their positions) they are just wonderful. As his bio on the Japan Times website says, “Roger … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: A Cultural History of Translation in Early Modern Japan

The translation of texts has played a formative role in Japan’s history of cultural exchange as well as the development of literature, and indigenous legal and religious systems. This is the first book of its kind, however, to offer a … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands

Over the long course of Japan’s history, its people profited from their rich natural environment while simultaneously facing significant environmental challenges. Over time, they have altered their natural environment in numerous ways, from landscape modification to industrial pollution. How has … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Nanjyamonjya

For those interested in botany, check out this unusual tree on San’in Monogatari: It’s mid-May around Matsue Castle, as spring is practically running to summer now. First there were plum blossoms, then came camellia, then cherry blossoms, then azalea and … Continue reading

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Resource: Brower Fund Collection of karuta cards

A quickie digital resource for you all today! In case you’re crazy about playing the karuta card game or just the Hyakunin isshū poetry compositions, you might be interested in these public-use images from the University of Michigan’s Brower Fund … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Imagining Exile in Heian Japan: banishment in law, literature, and cult

For over three hundred years during the Heian period (794–1185), execution was customarily abolished in favor of banishment. During the same period, exile emerged widely as a concern within literature and legend, in poetry and diaries, and in the cultic … Continue reading

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