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Fun Link Friday: Tsumami Zaiku/Kanzashi crafts

Ever wonder how your tiny flower or animal ornament omiyage in Japan are made? The art of tsumami zaiku  or tsumami kanzashi, in which a person carefully folds and glues tiny squares of cloth into elegant designs dates back to the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Assembling Shinto: Buddhist Approaches to Kami Worship in Medieval Japan

Assembling Shinto: Buddhist Approaches to Kami Worship in Medieval Japan Anna Andreeva http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674970571 HARDCOVER ISBN 9780674970571, Harvard East Asian Monographs 396 420 pages, 9 color illustrations, 1 halftone, 14 line illustrations, 3 maps During the late twelfth to fourteenth centuries, … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Newspaper Animal Sculptures by Chie Hitotsuyama

Who says the age of newspapers is over? Artist Chie Hitotsuyama has certainly found a good use for them! She creates masterful, incredibly realistic sculptures of animals and people using primarily rolled up newspapers. The effect of carefully manipulating sections … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Outcasts of Empire: Japan’s Rule on Taiwan’s “Savage Border” 1874-1945

Barclay, Paul D. Outcasts of Empire: Japan’s Rule on Taiwan’s “Savage Border” 1874-1945. It can be viewed or downloaded at: https://www.luminosoa.org/site/books/10.1525/luminos.41/ Outcasts of Empire unveils the causes and consequences of capitalism’s failure to “batter down all Chinese walls” in modern Taiwan. Adopting micro- and … Continue reading

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Resource: Ukiyo-e.org

Ukiyo-e, Japanese woodblock prints, hold an esteemed place as one of the most well-known and prolific Japanese arts, having exploded in popularity in the early modern period (1603-1868) and become a great source of inspiration to many artists overseas. The … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Spaces in Translation: Japanese Gardens and the West

Spaces in Translation: Japanese Gardens and the West Christian Tagsold “Christian Tagsold provides a detailed social and intellectual history and a phenomenological study all at once. There is nothing remotely like this book, and with it, Tagsold becomes a central … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The JET Program and the U.S.-Japan Relationship: Goodwill Goldmine

Since 1987, the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program has recruited thousands of young college graduates from more than sixty countries, including the United States, to work in Japan for up to five years. Now, thirty years after the program’s … Continue reading

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