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Fun Link Friday: Carved Pearl Skulls

We often feature unconventional artists and artwork for our Fun Link Fridays, and who can blame us? This week check out the artist Shinji Nakaba, who was featured on Bored Panda for his fantastic work carving miniature skulls out of … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Ukiyo-e animated gifs

Just last month we posted on an artist’s rendering of 8-bit Japan nostalgic in GIFs, and lo and behold, this month we stumble across Edo-period early modern nostalgia in GIFs that bring ukiyo-e to life! The artist, who goes by … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations on Screen

Kirsch, Griseldis (2015). Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations on Screen. A History, 1989-2005. SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan. London: Bloomsbury Academic. http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/contemporary-sino-japanese-relations-on-screen-9781472572394/ About Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations on Screen Japan and China look back on a history of friendship as well as … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Curved Origami

It seems as though origami is one of those fascinating traditional arts that the world cannot help but continue to innovate on. This week’s Fun Link Friday features the artwork of Hoàng Tiến Quyết, a Vietnamese artist whose work with complex … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: From Outcasts to Emperors: Shingon Ritsu and the Mañjuśrī Cult in Medieval Japan

From Outcasts to Emperors: Shingon Ritsu and the Mañjuśrī Cult in Medieval Japan. Brill’s Japanese Studies Library, vol. 50. Leiden: Brill, 2015. 340 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-29339-7 (hardback) http://www.brill.com/products/book/outcasts-emperors-shingon-ritsu-and-manjusri-cult-medieval-japan In From Outcasts to Emperors, David Quinter illuminates the Shingon Ritsu movement founded by the … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Japanese Landmarks. Medium: Curry-Rice.

Clever tourism writing is hard to come by, but this tour of Japan via curry-rice sculptures with both instructions and links to places to stay near those sites. (Let’s not talk about lumping Hokuriku in with Kanto, though.) Mio Watanabe, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Sangaku Proofs: A Japanese Mathematician at Work

James Unger Sangaku Proofs: A Japanese Mathematician at Work During many decades of national isolation, a mathematical tradition called wasan flourished in Japan independently of the advances of Enlightenment mathematics and virtually unknown to Europeans before the Meiji Restoration. Yet … Continue reading

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