Tag Archives: Japanese culture

Fun Link Friday: Food Waste Tableware

Anyone who has the pleasure of working with me knows I take food waste and garbage sorting Very Seriously. I found this Design Boom article on Japanese designer Kosuke Araki, who creates series of tableware and vessels using daily food waste with the intention to make … Continue reading

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Resource: Japanese Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

For those looking for more educational resources to use in the classroom, today we’ll briefly introduce a resource developed by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures with sponsorship from Hitachi: The Online Resource for Japanese Archaeology and … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Japanese “tips”

Travelers to Japan are often surprised to discover that tipping at restaurants is not expected. So what is left behind after our meals at a restaurant? Starting in 2012, Yuki Tatsumi began to think about this question. Working as a … 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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Resource: Metadatabase of Japanese Old Photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Period

Nagasaki University Library maintains a collection of Japanese photographs from the Bakumatsu (1853 and 1867) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods that represent some of the earliest photographs of Japan as it transitioned from the Tokugawa shogunate to the Meiji state. Holding … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Sarashina Diary: A Woman’s Life in Eleventh-Century Japan—Reader’s Edition

The Sarashina Diary A Woman’s Life in Eleventh-Century Japan (Reader’s Edition) Sugawara no Takasue no Musume. Translated, with an introduction, by Sonja Arntzen and Moriyuki Itō Columbia University Press https://cup.columbia.edu/book/the-sarashina-diary/9780231186773 A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on … 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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