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Book Announcement: Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds – A Collection of Short Medieval Japanese Tales

Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds A Collection of Short Medieval Japanese Tales Edited by Keller Kimbrough and Haruo Shirane Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds is a collection of twenty-five medieval Japanese tales of border crossings and the fantastic, featuring demons, samurai, … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Tea-making Robot

Although I try to keep our Fun Link Fridays in English so that they’re accessible to readers of all levels, I can’t resist this hilarious tea-making robot, which appeared yesterday in Yahoo! Japan news. Identified as Sadō Robo 151A, this … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan

Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan by Rebecca Corbett The overwhelming majority of tea practitioners in contemporary Japan are women, but there has been little discussion on their historical role in tea culture (chanoyu). In Cultivating … Continue reading

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Resource: Utah Nippō Newspaper Online

As with our previous posts on digitized Nikkei newspapers, the digitization of the Utah Nippō is an important contribution to historical resources on the history of Japanese Americans. Hosted by the J. Willard Library at the University of Utah, this … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Tokyo Roji: The Diversity and Versatility of Alleys in a City in Transition

Tokyo Roji The Diversity and Versatility of Alleys in a City in Transition By Heide Imai The Japanese urban alleyway, which was once part of people’s personal spatial sphere and everyday life has been transformed by diverse and competing interests. … Continue reading

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Workshop: Traditional Theater Training, Kyoto (summer 2018)

This summer is the 34th annual Traditional Theater Training (T.T.T.) 2018, held at the Kyoto Art Center. T.T.T. is a three-week summer intensive training program that introduces the traditional arts of noh, kyogen, and Nihonbuyo. There is also an optional kotsuzumi … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Languages, scripts, and Chinese texts in East Asia

Chinese Writing and the Rise of the Vernacular in East Asia Peter Francis Kornicki Chinese Writing and the Rise of the Vernacular in East Asia is a wide-ranging study of vernacularization in East Asia–not only China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, but … Continue reading

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