Category Archives: culture

Resource: Dietrich Seckel’s Photo Archive (1936-1942)

Those interested in everyday life in Japan during World War II may be interested in the University of Heidelberg’s digital archive of photographs by German art historian Dietrich Seckel. Credited as one of the leading figures in establishing art historical … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Cool Japanese Men. Studying New Masculinities at Cambridge

Cool Japanese Men: Studying New Masculinities at Cambridge. edited by Brigitte Steger and Angelika Koch. Following the successful publication four years ago of Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy: Studying Japanese Gender at Cambridge, we are delighted to announce a second … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Japanese gift wrapping

Are you the kind of person who loves or dreads wrapping their gifts at every birthday and holiday season? Those who have been to Japan are probably very familiar with the seemingly mystical power of store clerks who wrap your … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Embracing Asia in China and Japan

Torsten Weber, Embracing ‘Asia’ in China and Japan. Asianism Discourse and the Contest for Hegemony, 1912-1933. (Palgrave Macmillan 2018, 407 pages, 8 illustrations). https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319651538 This book examines how Asianism became a key concept in mainstream political discourse between China and Japan … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Jomon-pattern tattoos

Thanks to Corey Noxon over at ArcheoJapan, I became aware of an exhibit that was reported on back in 2016 connected to both ancient culture and traditions in the archipelago and modern tattoo practice. A collaborative project between the well-known tattoo … Continue reading

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Resource: Laures Kirishitan Bunko Database

For those interested in the premodern and/or the history Christianity and its connections to Japan, Sophia University in Tokyo has a fascinating database that’s worth looking into. A digital archive of the rare books of Johannes Laures, S.J., the collection contains as many … Continue reading

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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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