Author Archive for Christopher MAYO

The ‘F’ Word: ‘Feudal’ Japan in World History

Last week I gave a talk at Okayama University (岡山大学) in a workshop called “Japan in the World, the World in Japan: A Methodological Approach.” The title of my talk was “The ‘F’ Word: ‘Feudal’ Japan in World History” (「F」ワード:世界史における日本の「封建」時代).…

Kōgakkan: The Cherry Blossom Queen Pays a Visit 皇學館大学:全米さくらの女王が来学

Yesterday, the Cherry Blossom Queen 全米さくらの女王 came to Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学. I was there as an interpreter, and while we talked, we enjoyed drinking tea prepared by Mr. Asanuma 浅沼 (an Urasenke 裏千家 tea master) and his students. The event…

Primary Source: The Gold Seal 一次史料:金印

The Kin’in 金印 (Gold Seal) was found in 1784 on Shikanoshima 志賀島 in Hakata Bay 博多湾. It is square-shaped, measuring 2.34 centimeters on each side, and it weighs 108.7 grams. There is a long history of contentious debate about its…

Primary Source: Records of Wei and Tales of the Japanese People 一次史料:魏志倭人伝

The Gishiwajinden 魏志倭人伝 (Records of Wei and Tales of the Japanese People) is the name that has been given to a description of Japan from the Weizhi 魏志 (Records of Wei), the first part of the Sanguozhi 三国志 (Records of…

DEVONthink: Indexing デボンシンク: インデックスする

DEVONthink is a “personal information manager” (PIM) with a powerful feature called “indexing.” Indexing provides one way to keep data accessible from other apps while still giving access to everything DEVONthink has to offer. Indexing vs. Importing Indexing works something…