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Fun Link Friday: Cultural Icon Kokeshi

Kokeshi (こけし) are a kind of traditional Japanese doll, typically created from a single block of wood with a long, cylindrical body and bulbous head. Although their origins are not known, you’ll find them as a staple in souvenir shops in … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Individuality in Early Modern Japan: Thinking for Oneself

Individuality in Early Modern Japan: Thinking for Oneself By Peter Nosco Two of the most commonly alleged features of Japanese society are its homogeneity and its encouragement of conformity, as represented by the saying that the nail that sticks up … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: From Mud to Kimono

How do some of the most beautiful and valuable kimono get made? The BBC Arts series Handmade in Japan recently traced this process from start to finish at the island of Amami Oshima, which is famous for producing a specific and … Continue reading

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Job Opening: Japanese art and material culture, Leiden University

Institution: Leiden University, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) Location: Netherlands Position: Assistant Professor, University Lectureship in Japanese Art and Material Culture Leiden University invites applications for a University Lectureship in Japanese Art and Material Culture. Applicants have must … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Japanese idioms and proverbs

One of the most fascinating parts of foreign languages is learning the intricacies of local sayings, since they help us really dig into the cultural context specific to that language, but also see the universal themes many places and peoples … Continue reading

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Job Opening: Visiting Assistant Professor – Japanese language and culture

The Asian Studies Program at Bowdoin College invites applications for a one-year leave replacement position in Japanese Language and Culture at the rank of Assistant Professor or Instructor beginning July 1, 2017.  The successful candidate will teach one Japanese language … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: History of Japanese Psychology

The History of Japanese Psychology: Global Perspectives, 1875–1950 by Brian J. McVeigh, Bloomsbury Press, 2017.  ISBN-13: 978-1474283083 // ISBN-10: 147428308X During the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries the individual became the basic, self-contained unit of society whose interior life was increasingly … Continue reading

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