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Fun Link Friday: Ama, traditional Japanese women divers

This week has highlighted the contributions of women as the International Women’s Day Strike took place on Wednesday, so this week our Fun Link Friday will highlight some amazing ladies who hold an important place in traditional Japanese practices. Messy … Continue reading

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Call for Applicants: International Noh Institute Summer Program 2017

The INI – International Noh Institute is now accepting applications for its 2017 Summer Intensive Program (September 4 – 14 2017). Participants will take part in an intensive training period, during which they will study Noh chant and dance at the INI headquarters in Kyoto with … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Stakes of Exposure: Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art

The Stakes of Exposure Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art Author: Namiko Kunimoto How would artistic practice contribute to political change in post–World War II Japan? How could artists negotiate the imbalanced global dynamics of the art world and also … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Sushi donuts?

Now that you’ve endured or enjoyed some matcha beer, here comes another innovation on the traditional… sushi donuts? The internet is having a time with this new interpretation of a traditional favorite, and frankly, I’m just as unsure how I … Continue reading

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Workshop: PENDULUM 3 (Japanese music)

KYOTO CITY UNIVERSITY OF ARTS RESEARCH CENTRE FOR TRADITIONAL JAPANESE MUSIC PENDULUM 3 邦楽 HŌGAKU @ KYOTO GEIDAI 京都芸大 AN INTENSIVE THREE-DAY COURSE IN JAPANESE MUSIC AUGUST 15-17, 2017 This three-day intensive course in Japanese music PENDULUM 3 is being offered for the third … Continue reading

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

Jacqueline I. Stone University of Hawai`i Press 616pp. November 2016 Cloth – Price: $68.00ISBN: 978-0-8248-5643-4 http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9704-9780824856434.aspx Description Buddhists across Asia have often aspired to die with a clear and focused mind, as the historical Buddha himself is said to have done. This book … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Matcha… beer?

Like it or not, if you spend enough time in Japan, you’ll probably develop a taste for matcha/maccha 抹茶 (green tea). I know I didn’t like tea at all (still don’t like coffee!) but somewhere along the lines it grew … Continue reading

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