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Book Announcement: An Anthropology of the Machine

An Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo’s Commuter Train Network Michael Fisch University of Chicago Press, 2018. From University of Chicago Press: “With its infamously packed cars and disciplined commuters, Tokyo’s commuter train network is one of the most complex technical … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Land, Power, and the Sacred: The Estate System in Medieval Japan

Land, Power, and the Sacred: The Estate System in Medieval Japan Edited by Janet R. Goodwin, Joan R. Piggott Landed estates (shōen) produced much of the material wealth supporting all levels of late classical and medieval Japanese society. During the tenth through … Continue reading

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Resource: Japanese Children’s Literature: A History from the International Library of Children’s Literature Collections

Japan’s National Diet Library (NDL) has a ton of digitized resources in both English and Japanese. So much so that sometimes it’s easy to forget how many of those resources have been curated into mini-exhibitions or databases geared toward specific … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Word Embodied: The Jeweled Pagoda Mandalas in Japanese Buddhist Art

Word Embodied: The Jeweled Pagoda Mandalas in Japanese Buddhist Art Halle O’Neal In this study of the Japanese jeweled pagoda mandalas, Halle O’Neal reveals the entangled realms of sacred body, beauty, and salvation. Much of the previous scholarship on these … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Monstrous-Feminine in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture

The Monstrous-Feminine in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture Dumas, Raechel This book explores the monstrous-feminine in Japanese popular culture produced from the late years of the 1980s through to the new millennium. Raechel Dumas examines the role of female monsters in … Continue reading

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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: 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, … Continue reading

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