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Book Announcement: A Cultural History of Translation in Early Modern Japan

The translation of texts has played a formative role in Japan’s history of cultural exchange as well as the development of literature, and indigenous legal and religious systems. This is the first book of its kind, however, to offer a … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands

Over the long course of Japan’s history, its people profited from their rich natural environment while simultaneously facing significant environmental challenges. Over time, they have altered their natural environment in numerous ways, from landscape modification to industrial pollution. How has … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Imagining Exile in Heian Japan: banishment in law, literature, and cult

For over three hundred years during the Heian period (794–1185), execution was customarily abolished in favor of banishment. During the same period, exile emerged widely as a concern within literature and legend, in poetry and diaries, and in the cultic … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japanese Singers of Tales: Ten Centuries of Performed Narrative

Japanese Singers of Tales: Ten Centuries of Performed Narrative Alison McQueen Tokita, Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan Alison Tokita presents a series of case studies that demonstrate the persistence of Japanese sung narratives in a multiplicity of genres over … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Pacific Strife

Inter-regional histories are all the rage these days, and Pacific Strife: The Great Powers and their Political and Economic Rivalries in Asia and the Western Pacific, 1870-1914, by Kees van Dijk (Amsterdam University Press, 2015) is certainly that. Most historians, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps

Via UH Press. Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps Editor: Richard A. Pegg University of Hawai’i Press 2014 | 140 pages | 130 color illustrations Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-4765-4 | $40.00 BioMaps are the manifestation of an intellectual construct of … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Promising Practices: Women Volunteers in Contemporary Japanese Religious Civil Society

Promising Practices: Women Volunteers in Contemporary Japanese Religious Civil Society Based upon a survey of five Japanese faith-based volunteer groups, the book offers insights and fresh perspectives into the ways women’s participation in religious civic organizations may work as a … Continue reading

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