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Book Announcement: Parody, Irony and Ideology in the Fiction of Ihara Saikaku

Parody, Irony and Ideology in the Fiction of Ihara Saikaku David J. Gundry, University of California, Davis The first monograph published in English on Ihara Saikaku’s fiction, David J. Gundry’s lucid, compelling study examines the tension reflected in key works … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Robotic Fish

Although I’m quite late to the game on this one, on Twitter I stumbled across video of robotic fish developed in Japan and promptly ended up down a rabbit hole searching for video after video of these adorable and bizarre … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: FROM CHINESE CHAN TO JAPANESE ZEN: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation

FROM CHINESE CHAN TO JAPANESE ZEN: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation, Steven Heine (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017), 304 Pages | 27 illus., ISBN: 9780190637507      Examines the transformation of Chan Buddhism into Zen Buddhism from … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Chinese Literary Forms in Heian Japan: Poetics and Practice

Chinese Literary Forms in Heian Japan: Poetics and Practice Brian Steininger Written Chinese served as a prestigious, cosmopolitan script across medieval East Asia, from as far west as the Tarim Basin to the eastern kingdom of Heian period Japan (794–1185). … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan

Playing War Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan Sabine Frühstück Published by the University of California Press. In Playing War, Sabine Frühstück makes a bold proposition: that for over a century throughout Japan and beyond, children and concepts … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Cultural Icon Kokeshi

Kokeshi (こけし) are a kind of traditional Japanese doll, typically created from a single block of wood with a long, cylindrical body and bulbous head. Although their origins are not known, you’ll find them as a staple in souvenir shops in … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Engaging Banality: Stories of the Salaried Life

Engaging Banality: Stories of the Salaried Life By Kuroi Senji (Brill, 2017) Engaging Banality: Stories of the Salaried Life by Kuroi Senji features three of the best-known works of Kuroi Senji’s early career. “Hole and Sky” (1968), Time (1969) and Running Family (1970) received widespread critical … Continue reading

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