Author Archive for Christopher MAYO

Aquathlon Training アクアスロンのトレーニング

The Shima Sports Commission 志摩スポーツコミッション held an Aquathlon at Hamajima in Mie Prefecture last weekend, and I think everyone who joined it had a great time. We received some excellent coaching from the staff and they made sure that both…

Spotlight and Minimalist Organization

I’ve been experimenting over the last few months with an extremely scaled back way of organizing my files and I’ve found that, strictly speaking, all I need to manage them is “Spotlight,” an app included by Apple for free on…

Review: Conquering Demons

H-Shukyo just published my review of Jan Leuchtenber’s Conquering Demons: The “Kirishitan,” Japan, and the World in Early Modern Japanese Literature (2013). You can click on the image below to read the full review. “H-Shukyo (the Japanese term for “religion”)…

Kōgakkan: A New Office

This year I began a new position as an associate professor teaching in the Communication Department at Kōgakkan University (皇學館大学) in Ise City (伊勢市), Japan. My former office at Grinnell was wonderful, but this one is a little more spacious,…

Letter Written by Sakamoto Ryōma Found

NHK news online surprised me today with a story about the discovery of a letter written by the nineteenth-century activist named Sakamoto Ryōma 坂本龍馬. Ryōma addresses the draft letter (sōkō 草稿) shown above to Gotō Shōjirō 後藤象二郎, and in it…

The Military-Religious Complex in Medieval Japan

This Friday, I will present a paper at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in Philadelphia as part of a panel titled “Buddhist Monks, Aristocrats, and Warriors in 14th- and 15th- Century Japanese Society.” If you are in town, and…

Grinnell: Snowmen and Snowcreatures

Here’s something to do in Grinnell: make stuff out of snow! Winter is here and what could be better than populating the campus with snowmen and snowcreatures? Below are two that I came across this morning. They are a little…

Evernote: Change Formatting on the iPad

I prefer to work with plain text whenever possible, and we are fortunate that Evernote on the iPad not only has this option, but two others as well: regular rich text and simplified. What distinguishes the different formats from one…