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Book Announcement: The White Plum: A Biography of Ume Tsuda, Pioneer of Women’s Higher Education in Japan

Via University of Hawai’i Press. The White Plum: A Biography of Ume Tsuda, Pioneer of Women’s Higher Education in Japan Author: Furuki, Yoshiko 196 pp. January 2015 Cloth – Price: $31.00 ISBN: 978-0-8248-5339-6 Categories: Asia, history, biography Description At the … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Useful Japanese stationery

If you’re anything like me, you wander Japanese stationery stores like a treasure room. As the Japanese semester comes to an end and I frantically finish my work, I’m wondering how I could have been more efficient or snazzy in … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Folk Legends from Tono: Japan’s Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures

Legends Collected by Yanagita Kunio & Sasaki Kizen Translated and Edited by Ronald A. Morse Illustrated by Marjorie C. Leggitt Paperback: 176 pages Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 5, 2015) ISBN-10: 144224822X ISBN-13: 978-1442248229 BOOK BACKGROUND INFORMATION It is … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Use Sushi Covers to Make Your Suitcase Stand Out!

Ever accidentally grab the wrong suitcase at the Baggage Claim, or have someone else grab yours? Well, worry no more, because now you can turn your luggage into kaiten zushi. Isn’t that wonderful? New and available from PARCO for just … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism

A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism William E. Deal (Case Western U.) and Brian Ruppert (University of Illinois) From the Back Cover: A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism presents a vivid, nuanced, and chronological account of Buddhist religion in Japan, … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Yaskawa Bushido Project

Samurai and robots, man versus machine. Some of popular culture’s favorite themes come together in this week’s fun link, featured on Spoon & Tamago. MOTOMAN-MH24, more of a giant robotic arm than a robotic man, was given the task of analyzing … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Transnational Trajectories in East Asia: Nation, Citizenship, and Region

TRANSNATIONAL TRAJECTORIES IN EAST ASIA: NATION, CITIZENSHIP, AND REGION.  Edited byYasemin Nuhoḡlu Soysal.  Routledge 2015, 273 pp. ISBN 978-1-13-881935-1 (paperback due in December 2015) http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138819351/ Since the late twentieth century, East Asia has become increasingly interconnected through trade, investment, migration, … Continue reading

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