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Book Announcement: Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline

Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline David Leheny Empire of Hope asks how emotions become meaningful in political life. In a diverse array of cases from recent Japanese history, David Leheny shows how sentimental portrayals of the nation … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Unbinding the Pillow Book: The Many Lives of a Japanese Classic

Unbinding The Pillow Book The Many Lives of a Japanese Classic Gergana Ivanova An eleventh-century classic, The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon is frequently paired with The Tale of Genji as one of the most important works in the Japanese canon. Yet it has … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Modern Kyoto: Building for Ceremony and Commemoration, 1868-1940

Modern Kyoto: Building for Ceremony and Commemoration, 1868–1940 Alice Y. Tseng Can an imperial city survive, let alone thrive, without an emperor? Alice Y. Tseng answers this intriguing question in Modern Kyoto, a comprehensive study of the architectural and urban projects carried … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Electrified Voices: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868–1945

Electrified Voices How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868–1945 Kerim Yasar Long before karaoke’s ubiquity and the rise of global brands such as Sony, Japan was a place where new audio technologies found eager users and contributed … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Christianity and the Modern Woman in East Asia

Christianity and the Modern Woman in East Asia  Editor: Garrett L. Washington This edited volume explores the complex roles that Christian ideas and institutions played in the construction of modern womanhood in East Asia. While contributing to gender dynamics that … Continue reading

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Call for Applications: Ise and Japan Study Program 2019

Kogakkan University (located in Ise City, Mie Prefecture) will be hosting a sixth year of the “Ise and Japan Study Program,” which is open to graduate (Master or PhD) or post-graduate researchers who are interested in learning more about Japanese … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.

The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance Edited by Bruce Baird, Rosemary Candelario The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance provides a comprehensive introduction to and analysis of the global art form butoh. Originating in Japan in the 1960s, butoh was a major innovation … Continue reading

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