Fun Link Friday: Hachiko’s “hachiko”

Yes, yes, Hachiko again! Today’s fun link is more of a fun picture. The east coast of the US was just hit with a big snow storm, and a week or so ago we got real snow for the first time all winter here in Tokyo, and people were quick to make some fun out of it before we got pommeled with four hours of heavy rain and sleet immediately after! Twitter was abuzz with the “hachiko (eight)” Hachiko that someone made from snow to accompany the statue in Shibuya:


Quite literally 8個のハチ公!

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Job Opening: Postdoctoral teaching fellowship, Asian history, Wabash College

job opening - 5Institution:           Wabash College, History
Location:              Indiana, United States
Position:              Post-Doctoral Fellow; Asian History Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship

Wabash College, with the support of the ASIANetwork-Luce Foundation Teaching Fellow Program, invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Asian History beginning July 1, 2016. This position is designed for those who have completed a Ph.D. or other terminal degree within the last three years from a North American university in any area of Asian history. Applicants who are ABD will be considered, provided that they have a scheduled defense date prior to the beginning of the fellowship year as confirmed by their graduate advisor. The successful candidate must have a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching, an appreciation for the broad intellectual community of an excellent liberal arts college, and the ability to work with a diverse student body. Responsibilities include attending New Faculty Orientation in early August, teaching three courses over two semesters, delivering one public lecture, participating in the intellectual and cultural life of the College, especially in relation to the Asian Studies Program, mentoring students, and pursuing research or other scholarly or creative projects. The Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow will work closely with faculty mentors during the fellowship year.

Interested applicants should apply online at

Required documents include: letter of application; curriculum vitae; unofficial undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts; a statement of teaching philosophy; teaching evaluations; and email addresses for three persons who will submit confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to Dr. Rick Warner, Department of History Chair and 2015-16 Asian Studies Program Chair,

Wabash College, a liberal arts college for men, seeks faculty and staff committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful diversity experiences that prepare students for life and leadership in a multicultural global world. We welcome applications from persons of all backgrounds. EOE.

Contact: Rick Warner, History Department Chair,


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Job Opening: Assistant Professor of History (History of East Asia)

job opening - 5California State University: Chico
Assistant Professor of History (History of East Asia)
Status: Tenure-Track/Full-time/part-time (if part-time, indicate time base)

Deadline for applications is February 25th, 2016

Position Information

The Position: The History Department at California State University, Chico, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the History of East Asia, beginning in fall 2016. Period and country of specialization are open. Position is contingent on funding.

Minimum Education and Experience

Ph.D. in Asian History by August 22, 2016. ABDs will receive consideration.Additional Requirements and Responsibilities for this positionCandidates should be prepared to teach a lower-division course in Asian Studies, a two-part survey of East Asian history, and upper-division and graduate seminars in their area of specialization. Evidence of excellence in teaching and productivity in research and publication are required, along with a demonstrated commitment to program building and service to the Department, to Asian Studies, and to the campus-wide General Education program.

For more information:

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Call For Papers: The 5th International Conference of the Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia

call for papers [150-2]For more information, including submission guidelines,  see:

The 5th International Conference of the Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia

ASEAN and Japanese Studies: Futures and Critical Approaches

The Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia (JSA-ASEAN) is a network among Japanese Studies scholars from Southeast Asia. It was set up in 2005 to serve as a catalyst in promoting Japanese studies in this region. It is the only organization with the aim of bringing together major Japanese studies specialists from various Southeast Asian countries with their counterparts from Japan and other countries. It is hoped that with the combined resources of Japanese studies specialists in Southeast Asia, JSA-ASEAN would grow to become an important platform for the promotion of region-wide Japanese studies.

In order to stimulate interest and promote networks among scholars in Southeast Asia, JSA-ASEAN organizes a biennial conference as the major platform for a trans-disciplinary international exchange. The inaugural conference was hosted by Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore in October 2006. The second JSA-ASEAN conference was held in Hanoi in October 2009, organized by Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences. The third JSA-ASEAN conference was held in Kuala Lumpur by University of Malaya in 2012. The fourth JSA-ASEAN conference was held in Bangkok by the Institute of East Asian Studies, Thammasat University in 2014.


Graduate Student Workshop
DATES: 13-14 December 2016
VENUE: Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

DATES: 15-16 December 2016
VENUE: Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Organized by
Ateneo de Manila University, Japanese Studies Program
De La Salle University, International Studies Department
University of the Philippines, Third World Studies Center

with the support of the Japan Foundation

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Workshop: Buddhism and East Asian Cultures

Buddhism and East Asian Cultures:

An Intensive Program of

Lectures Series, Conference/Forum, and Fieldwork

July 15-25, 2016, Mount Wutai 五臺山 & Datong 大同, China

The Wutai International Institute of Buddhism and East Asian Cultures (WII), Institute for Ethics and Religions Studies (IERS) at Tsinghua University, Buddhist Studies Forum at Fudan University (FU-BSF), and the Buddhist Studies Forum at the University of British Columbia (UBC-BSF) in Vancouver, Canada cordially invite applications for a 10-day program of lecture series, conference/forum, and fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures (July 15-25, 2016) at Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove (Dasheng Zhulin si 大聖竹林寺), Mount Wutai 五臺山, and Datong, Shanxi, China.

I. Venue:Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove (Dasheng Zhulin si 大聖竹林寺), Mount Wutai 五臺山, Shanxi, China

II. Schedule——July 15-25, 2016

  • July 15, 2016:Registration
  • July 16-19, 2016:Main Programs (lectures and Students’ Forum)
  • July 20, 2016:Tour on Mount Wutai
  • July 21-22, 2016: Wutai Cult Conference;
  • July 23-24, 2016: Tour in Datong;
  • July 25, 2016:Home-going

III. Four-part Lecture Series: The program organizers have invited three international scholars to conduct, all bilingually (English and Chinese), a three-part lecture series related to Buddhism and East Asian Culture, with each part composed of three consecutive 120-minute lectures with a general theme (over three days). These three bilingual speakers and their lecture themes are:

  • Professor Jinhua Chen (Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada):International Characteristics of Buddhism: East Asian Perspectives 佛教之國際性格:東亞背景;
  • Professor James Robson (Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University): “Sacred Geography” in East Asia 東亞“神聖地理學”;
  • Professor Barend ter Haar (Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford): Enlisting the Divine Realm: Witches, Mediums, Shamans and Buddhist Critique 驅神役鬼:巫覡、薩滿、以及來自佛教的批判.

This three-part lecture series will be accompanied by five lectures delivered by five China-based scholars on Buddhism and East Asian cultures.

IV. Four Additional Projects: In addition to this four-part intensive lecture series, this program also sponsors the following four projects:

  • An international conference on the Wutai-Mañjuśrī cult, titled “Mañjuśrī in Motion: The Cross-cultural Characteristics and ‘International’ Impact of the Wutai Cult,” to be held at the Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove at Mount Wutai, July 19, 21-22, 2016 (conference information announced at…).
  • An International Young Scholars Forum on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures (July 16 at the Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove). Excellent articles may be recommended to academic journals for publication. They include the Fojiao wenxian yanjiu (Studies on Buddhist Texts), Foxue yanjiu (Buddhist Studies), Fojiao shi yanjiu (Historical Studies of Buddhism), Studies in Chinese Religions, edited by Prof. Fang Guangchang, Prof. Shengkai, Prof. Sun Yinggang, and Prof. Jinhua Chen, respectively.
  • Taste of the Dharma: a series of 1-2 hour sessions providing monastic experiences, including seated meditation, tea-ceremony and other temple rituals.
  • Occasional visits to renowned local historical sites (especially Buddhist and other religious temples and shines) on the Wutai range. Students with relevant research interests may also apply to participate in an additional two-day (July 23-24) tour in Datong.

V. Applications: Participants are required to take part in all of the activities supported by this program, including the four-part lecture series, the regular conference and the Young Scholar Forum (paper presentations are optional, but attendance is required), field trips on the Wutai range (that in Datong is optional), monastic experience session, etc. Graduate students specializing in any Buddhist tradition(s) or East Asian religions, and postdoctoral fellows working on relevant fields, are encouraged to apply. Please direct applications and inquiries to Please submit applications before April 1, 2016. Each application should include (1) an application form (to be provided upon request via the above email), (2) an updated curriculum vitae, (3) one writing sample, and (4) a reference letter (to be emailed by the referee directly to the above email address).

VI. Program Expenses: Successful candidates will be exempted from all tuition fees. Program organizers will also provide free boarding (lodging and meals) in China during the program period, although participants are expected to cover

  • the costs for the transportation between their home cities and Mount Wutai; and
  • an administration fee of 1,000RMB≈US$150.

* More information available:…

Contact Info:

Department of Asian Studies

1871 West Mall, Vancouverm BC, V6T1Z2, Canada

Contact Email:
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Funding: Columbia University Libraries Research Awards

money [150-2]Columbia University Libraries/Information Services invites applications from scholars and researchers to its annual program designed to facilitate access to Columbia’s special and distinctive collections, the Libraries Research Awards.

The Libraries will award ten (10) grants of $2,500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult Columbia University Libraries/Information Services holdings for their work.  The award was established in 2011 and supports scholars and researchers who may benefit from access to Columbia’s special and unique collections. Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, the Burke Library at Union Theological SeminaryButler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries’ Global Studies Collections.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). Persons holding J-1 or F-1 exchange, student, or visitor visas are not eligible for this grant.  Preference will be given to those applicants residing outside the greater New York metropolitan area who need to travel to New York City to conduct their research.

Applications will be accepted until February 29, 2016. Award notifications will be sent to applicants by April 30, 2016 for research conducted at Columbia during the period July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.

For more information and application materials, please visit the Libraries Research Awards page.

Contact Info:

Columbia Libraries Research Awards Committee

Contact Email:


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Book Announcement: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima

revolThe Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima, has been published by Oxford University Press.

The book explains the history of nuclear power in Japan, the sociopolitical backdrop of post-3.11 social movements, the censorial pressures that musicians are under, the political roles they have assumed, and the ways in which they have participated in four arenas of musical protest—cyberspace, demonstrations, festivals, and recordings. More information about the book can be found on the Amazon and OUP sites, the latter of which has a companion website with photos, websites, videos, and music clips.



Links to YouTube video playlists to accompany each chapter of the book can be found here:

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