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Book Announcement: Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan

Playing War Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan Sabine Frühstück Published by the University of California Press. In Playing War, Sabine Frühstück makes a bold proposition: that for over a century throughout Japan and beyond, children and concepts … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Cultural Icon Kokeshi

Kokeshi (こけし) are a kind of traditional Japanese doll, typically created from a single block of wood with a long, cylindrical body and bulbous head. Although their origins are not known, you’ll find them as a staple in souvenir shops in … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Engaging Banality: Stories of the Salaried Life

Engaging Banality: Stories of the Salaried Life By Kuroi Senji (Brill, 2017) Engaging Banality: Stories of the Salaried Life by Kuroi Senji features three of the best-known works of Kuroi Senji’s early career. “Hole and Sky” (1968), Time (1969) and Running Family (1970) received widespread critical … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Fabric of Indigeneity: Ainu Identity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism in Japan

The Fabric of Indigeneity: Ainu Identity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism in Japan ann-elise lewallen For more information, please visit http://unmpress.com/books.php?ID=20000000007984 In present-day Japan Indigenous Ainu women stitch together ancestral values and global Indigenous activism to challenge bitter legacies of settler racism … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Twin Peaks Bento

Let’s learn how to make a Twin-Peaks themed bento with Twin Peaks star Kyle Maclachlan! Did you know that Twin Peaks was a hit in Japan? Here’s a vintage New York Times article from 1992 about the show’s popularity, and a Food52 article about … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japan’s Occupation of Java in the Second World War: A Transnational History

Japan’s Occupation of Java in the Second World War: A Transnational History Ethan Mark SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan Japan’s Occupation of Java in the Second World War draws upon written and oral Japanese, Indonesian, Dutch and English-language sources … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Post-Fascist Japan: Political Culture in Kamakura after the Second World War

Post-Fascist Japan: Political Culture in Kamakura after the Second World War Laura Hein SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan In late 1945 local Japanese turned their energies toward creating new behaviors and institutions that would give young people better … Continue reading

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