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Book Announcement: The History of Japanese Psychology: Global Perspectives, 1875–1950

The History of Japanese Psychology: Global Perspectives, 1875–1950, by Brian J. McVeigh, Bloomsbury Press, 2017. During the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries the individual became the basic, self-contained unit of society whose interior life was increasingly privileged.  This “inward turn” resonated with … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Drinking Bomb & Shooting Meth: Alcohol and Drug Use in Japan

Drinking Bomb and Shooting Meth: Alcohol and Drug Use in Japan Jeffrey W. Alexander In Japan, beer has been known, since the 1960s, as the “beverage of the masses,” and whisky culture has roots stretching back to the 1950s. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Engaging Japanese Philosophy: A Short History

Engaging Japanese Philosophy: A Short History Thomas P. Kasulis University of Hawai’i Press 746pp. December 2017 From the UHP web site (http://www.uhawaiipress.com/p-9844-9780824874070.aspx): Philosophy challenges our assumptions—especially when it comes to us from another culture. In exploring Japanese philosophy, a dependable … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Consuming Life in Post-Bubble Japan

Consuming Life in Post-Bubble Japan: A Transdisciplinary Perspective Edited by Katarzyna J. Cwiertka, Ewa Machotka Published by Amsterdam University Press This multidisciplinary book analyses the contradictory coexistence of consumerism and environmentalism in contemporary Japan. It focuses on the dilemma that … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Heaven’s Wind (Amatsukaze) – a dual language anthology of contemporary Japanese writing

Edited and translated by Ekuni, Kaori, Kakuta, Mitsuyo, Kuroda, Natsuko, Matsuda, Aoko, Mukoda, Kuniko, Turvill, Angus Heaven’s Wind is a collection of short stories by five of Japan’s leading contemporary authors: Kuniko Mukoda – The Otter; Natsuko Kuroda – Ball, Kaori Ekuni – Summer … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Turn Against the Modern: The Critical Essays of Taoka Reiun (1870-1912)

The Turn Against the Modern: The Critical Essays of Taoka Reiun (1870-1912) Ronald P. Loftus  The Turn Against the Modern is a biography of the late Meiji social and cultural critic Taoka Reiun (1870–1912) who was known for his fierce attack … 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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