Job Opening: Clinical Assistant Professor, Japanese Cultural Studies

Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Japanese Cultural Studies
Institution: State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo
Location: Buffalo, NY
Application Deadline: 1 July 2018

From official job posting (

Position Title Clinical Assistant Professor, Japanese Cultural Studies
Posting Number F1800061
Employer State
Appointment Term Term
Position Type UUP Faculty

Posting Detail Information

Position Summary

The University at Buffalo invites applications for a full-time, Clinical Assistant Professor position in Japanese Cultural Studies. The appointment will be made in the Asian Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The position requires teaching up to four interdisciplinary courses per semester in humanities and/or social sciences. These include but are not limited to courses in Japanese anime, a survey of Asian literature, and a first-year seminar on Japan Studies. The clinical instructor will be responsible for developing new courses that prepare students for professional careers in Asia or with Asian business and communities. These courses could include topics such as media and popular culture (including film, journalism, music and dance); literature; history; urban societies; gender and sexuality; religion; politics; migration; labor; technology; food; and other courses related to Asian Studies. Courses will be initially taught at the undergraduate level with the potential to develop future graduate courses. The 3-year term appointment has no research obligation. The position offers comparable clinical faculty salary and state employee benefits.

Hiring will be for the 2018-2019 academic year. Candidates must have completed a PhD in Asian Studies or a related field at the time of application and demonstrate experience and excellence in teaching courses in Asian Studies. The candidate’s disciplinary focus is open. Preference will be given to applicants with an interest in developing online modules and courses.

Review of applications begins May 15, 2018. The following documents are required:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• A teaching packet which includes: a statement of teaching philosophy; two sample syllabi (including one for a course on Japanese anime); and a sample of course evaluations
• Names and contact information for three to five references

UB is an AA/EOE and welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Minimum Qualifications

PhD in Asian Studies or related field; demonstrated experience and excellence in teaching courses in Asian Studies.
Preferred Qualifications
Physical Demands
FTE 1.00
Campus As Assigned
Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications begins May 15, 2018. The following documents are required:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• A teaching packet which includes: a statement of teaching philosophy; two sample syllabi (including one for a course on Japanese anime); and a sample of course evaluations
• Names and contact information for three to five references

All application materials should be submitted via UB Jobs. Application materials submitted directly to the posting contact will not be acknowledged and cannot be considered.
Additional Information

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Contact Information

Contact’s Name Asian Studies Program
Contact’s Title
Contact’s Email
Contact’s Phone 716-645-3474

Posting Dates

Posted 05/02/2018
Deadline for Applicants 07/01/2018
Date to be filled 08/23/2018

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Fun Link Friday: Japanese “tips”

Travelers to Japan are often surprised to discover that tipping at restaurants is not expected. So what is left behind after our meals at a restaurant?

Starting in 2012, Yuki Tatsumi began to think about this question. Working as a waiter, he noticed that customers often left behind intricately folded pieces of paper, either objects they made to entertain themselves or as chopstick rests for use during their meals. Collecting these tiny items, he eventually amassed over 13,000 of them, and has since exhibited them in galleries as well as maintains a site dedicated to these small-scale sculptures of the mundane.

As he has said on his website, each of these miniature prizes is, in its own way, a Japanese “tip.” A “thank you” from customers to those who served them. The Japanese Tip website has a wide variety of these “tips” in its gallery, so be sure to check them out!

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Job Opening: Lecturer in Japanese, University of Turku

Institution: University of Turku, Centre for East Asian Studies
Location: Finland
Position: Lecturer in Japanese, University of Turku

The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education.

The Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku (CEAS) is the only academic centre in Finland which focuses on contemporary East Asian societies from the perspective of social sciences. The Centre has research expertise especially in politics, sociology and contemporary history of the region. We currently seek a lecturer in Japanese language.

Lecturer in Japanese is responsible for conducting, planning, organizing and developing Japanese language teaching on intermediate and advanced levels at CEAS altogether 4 X 48 h per term, as well as student tutoring. The rate of salary ranges from 36,85 – 111,66 € / h depending on the candidate’s degree (Master’s/Docent).

Master’s 36,85 – 56,39; Lic. 42,29 – 69,38; PhD 48,78 – 93,23; Prof./Docent 58.55 – 111,66.

The duration of the contract is for the academic year 2018 – 2019, and is renewable upon mutual agreement.

A successful candidate has at least a Master’s level degree in teaching Japanese as a foreign language or a comparable degree and good command of English. Earlier experience in teaching non-Japanese students, knowledge of current teaching methods and pedagogy, and ability to use e-learning environments in teaching are regarded as merits in the application process. The job requires cultural expertise on Japan, while at least some knowledge of social sciences and contemporary Japanese society is regarded as a bonus.

Lecturer in Japanese will be teaching primarily students in the Centre for East Asian Studies’ Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies, its minor programme and students from other UTU disciplines with both Finnish and international backgrounds. Support for International Staff is available from the UTU International Staff Services.

Applications should include applicant’s letter of application, CV, degree certificates and possible certificates from previous employers written in English.

Applications must be submitted  by 18th of June (latest 23:59 o’clock). A link to the application can be found on the position’s page at

For more details about CEAS, see or contact Professor Lauri Paltemaa [], +358 29 450 3059 or +358 50 326 5014.

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Book Announcement: Penguin Book of Haiku

The first Penguin anthology of Japanese haiku, in vivid new translations by Adam L. Kern.

Now a global poetry, the haiku was originally a Japanese verse form that flourished from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. Although renowned for its brevity, usually running over three lines in seventeen syllables, and by its use of natural imagery to make Zen-like observations about reality, in fact the haiku is much more: it can be erotic, funny, crude and mischievous. Presenting over a thousand exemplars in vivid and engaging translations, this anthology offers an illuminating introduction to this widely celebrated, if misunderstood, art form.

Adam L. Kern’s new translations are accompanied here by the original Japanese and short commentaries on the poems, as well as an introduction and illustrations from the period.


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Resource: Metadatabase of Japanese Old Photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Period

Nagasaki University Library maintains a collection of Japanese photographs from the Bakumatsu (1853 and 1867) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods that represent some of the earliest photographs of Japan as it transitioned from the Tokugawa shogunate to the Meiji state.

Holding approximately 7,000 photographs from all over Japan, these photographs were taken not only by a handful of foreign visitors to Japan (from England, the US, Austria, and the Netherlands), but also by many Japanese photographers as well, some of whom maintained their own photo studios.

The collection can be searched a number of ways, including individual photographer, category or keyword, or location. More technical searches (like by ID, cabinet, or album number) are also available. In addition to basic metadata for each photograph, some have captions with a little bit of explanation in English (as seen to the right).

What’s lovely about having some of these options is that the groupings can allow you to peak into a particular location’s visuals over time or hone in on the style and interests of a single photographer’s work. How did native Japanese with the skills to capture their environment see it differently from travelers? How did subject matter differ by geographic area? Spend some time looking through the collection and get a peek into this early period of modern Japanese history!

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Book Announcement: The Sarashina Diary: A Woman’s Life in Eleventh-Century Japan—Reader’s Edition

The Sarashina Diary
A Woman’s Life in Eleventh-Century Japan (Reader’s Edition)

Sugawara no Takasue no Musume. Translated, with an introduction, by Sonja Arntzen and Moriyuki Itō

Columbia University Press

A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from deep in the countryside of eastern Japan to the capital. Forty years later, with the long account of that journey as a foundation, the mature woman skillfully created an autobiography that incorporates many moments of heightened awareness from her long life. Married at age thirty-three, she identified herself as a reader and writer more than as a wife and mother; enthralled by fiction, she bore witness to the dangers of romantic fantasy as well as the enduring consolation of self-expression.

This reader’s edition streamlines Sonja Arntzen and Moriyuki Itō’s acclaimed translation of the Sarashina Diary for general readers and classroom use. This translation captures the lyrical richness of the original text while revealing its subtle structure and ironic meaning, highlighting the author’s deep concern for Buddhist belief and practice and the juxtaposition of poetic passages and narrative prose. The translators’ commentary offers insight into the author’s family and world, as well as the style, structure, and textual history of her work.


Sonja Arntzen is professor emerita of literature at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. Her books include The Kagerō Diary: A Woman’s Autobiographical Text from Tenth-Century Japan (1997).

Itō Moriyuki is professor of Japanese literature at Gakushūin Women’s College in Tokyo. His book Sarashina nikki kenkyū (Research on the Sarashina Diary, 1995) is recognized as the definitive work on the diary.

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Job Opening: Curator, Japanese Art & Culture

Curator, Japanese Art & Culture
Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, ON, CANADA

Seeking dynamic Curator of Japanese Art & Culture to curate exhibitions; build and develop new interpretations and directions for 10,000-work collection; engage donors, collectors, global partners, community stakeholders. Produce original research, publications; cultivate support for acquisitions, exhibitions and programs. Help maintain Korean collection and galleries. Required: PhD or equivalent in Japanese art history; curatorial/exhibitions experience, publications track-record; Japanese proficiency. Familiarity with Korean an asset. Details:  Apply by 7/6/18 to  EOE.  Nominations welcome.

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