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Japan-UK Comparative Culture Workshop 日英比較文化研究会

Next month at Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学, I’ll begin leading the Japan-UK Comparative Culture Workshop 日英比較文化研究会, and for the next three years it will bring together students, staff, faculty, and members of the local community to examine physical sites, documentary sources,…

Me in the Media

My English translation of Sengū roman 遷宮浪漫, which I titled A Journey through Time at Jingu has been in the news media recently in conjunction with the upcoming G7 Summit at Ise-Shima. The photo and article above was in yesterday’s…

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…

Ochiai Tomb Mound Group 落合古墳群

On July 2, 2017 I will be leading Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 students and faculty on a historical tour of sites along the “Old Road of Kumano” 熊野古道. The “Ochiai Tomb Mounds” 落合古墳群 are one of the first locations that we…

Takihara Shrine 瀧原宮

On July 2, 2017 I will be leading Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 students and faculty on a historical tour of sites along the “Old Road of Kumano” 熊野古道. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to see the shrine from the expressway, but the…

Daikō Shrine 大皇神社

On July 2, 2017 I will be leading Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 students and faculty on a historical tour of sites along the “Old Road of Kumano” 熊野古道. I’ve driven by this shrine for many years, but it’s only recently that…