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Book Announcement: Honored and Dishonored Guests: Westerners in Wartime Japan

Honored and Dishonored Guests: Westerners in Wartime Japan  W. Puck Brecher About the book: The brutality and racial hatred exhibited by Japan’s military during the Pacific War piqued outrage in the West and fanned resentments throughout Asia. Public understanding of … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Kayashima: The Japanese Train Station Built Around a 700-Year-Old Tree

One thing I love doing is Japan is just walking around and exploring, and appreciating, little interesting places. Whether it’s tiny obscure sites of historical interest, or ones with striking architecture or aesthetics, Japan just seems to be full of … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japanese Modern Architecture 1920-2015

Japanese Modern Architecture 1920-2015: Developments and Dialogues Ari Seligmann Japanese Modern Architecture 1920-2015 uses a series of thematic lenses to explain the rich history of Japanese architectural developments from the 1920s foundation of modern architecture to contemporary permutations of modern … Continue reading

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Workshop: Japanese Performance Theory Workshop

June 10–17, 2017 Apply by April 1! Open to undergraduates, graduates, and faculty. The Japanese Performance Theory Workshop (JPTW) intervenes between Japanese Studies and Performance Studies to foster generative critical engagements with Japanese performance. Through seminar-style discussions, performance screenings, research … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: ABC Dictionary of Sino-Japanese Readings

Via University of Hawai’i Press (catalog). VICTOR H. MAIR JULY 2016 232 pages, 7 x 10 Hardback 9780824823313 $55.00 s ABC Chinese Dictionary Series Japan / China / language Victor H. Mair is professor of Chinese language and literature at … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Japanese idioms and proverbs

One of the most fascinating parts of foreign languages is learning the intricacies of local sayings, since they help us really dig into the cultural context specific to that language, but also see the universal themes many places and peoples … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Tracing the Itinerant Path: Jishū Nuns of Medieval Japan

Via University of Hawai’i Press Tracing the Itinerant Path: Jishū Nuns of Medieval Japan CAITILIN J. GRIFFITHS 232pp. October 2016 Cloth – Price: $65.00 ISBN: 978-0-8248-5936-7 Women have long been active supporters and promoters of Buddhist rituals and functions, but their importance in … Continue reading

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