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Book Announcement: Ritualized Writing: Buddhist Practice and Scriptural Cultures in Ancient Japan

Ritualized Writing: Buddhist Practice and Scriptural Cultures in Ancient Japan Kuroda Studies in East Asian Buddhism University of Hawaii Press, 2017 Author: Bryan D. Lowe Ritualized Writing takes readers into the fascinating world of Japanese Buddhist manuscript cultures. Using archival sources … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Happiness and the Good Life in Japan

Manzenreiter, W. and Holthus, B. eds. 2017. Happiness and the Good Life in Japan. London/New York. Routledge. About the book:  Contemporary Japan is in a state of transition, caused by the forces of globalization that are derailing its ailing economy, … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: 100 Years of Japanese Animation

This has been making it around the internet in the last couple weeks, so perhaps everyone has already come across it, but the Smithsonian and a number of other outlets have reported on the fantastic Japanese Animated Film Classics (日本アニメーション映画クラシック) site. This project, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Gathering for Tea in Modern Japan

Gathering for Tea in Modern Japan: Class, Culture and Consumption in the Meiji Period Taka Oshikiri From Bloomsbury Publishing: By examining chanoyu – the custom of consuming matcha tea – in the Meiji period, Gathering for Tea in Modern Japan … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Japan’s Railway Pointing System

If you’ve ever been in Japan and aren’t a train buff, you might wonder what’s up with the neatly dressed railway workers with white gloves, standing at various points of the platform and calling out to one another, pointing to … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Kyoto University Graduation Cosplay

It’s graduation season here in Japan, and here at the University of Tokyo, I’ve been seeing people day after day walking around in graduation robes, beautiful kimono, or slick suits, taking selfies or family photos in front of the iconic … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Tales of Ise [new translation]

The Tales of Ise Translated by Peter MacMillan One of the three seminal works of Japanese literature, this beautiful collection of poems and tales offers an unparalleled insight into ancient Japan. Along with the Tale of Genji and One Hundred … Continue reading

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