Author Archive for Christopher MAYO

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…

Things to Do in Mie: Biking

The weather has warmed up here in Japan and the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. My bike ride a few days ago took me through showers of falling blossoms and over roads carpeted with petals. Here are some…

The Ise-Japan Program 「伊勢」と日本スタディプログラム 2015

The “Ise-Japan Program” 「伊勢」と日本スタディプログラム is a fully funded stay in Ise with lectures and field trips designed for graduate students (MA and PhD) and post-graduate researchers. It is sponsored by Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 and Ise City 伊勢市 and is held…

On the Translation of Old Japanese Records into English 古文書の英訳に関する一考察

I spent my Thanksgiving in Japan giving a talk at Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 about some interesting aspects of translating old Japanese documents into English. I was a little worried that no one would come, because I don’t know how appealing…

Things to Do in Mie: Eat at a Vegan Cafe in Ise

A few months ago, a vegan cafe (自然菜食ヴィーガンカフェ) called Simme しんめ opened in Ise and I think this may have some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten. I can’t recommend it enough if you are interested in…