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Association for Asian Studies Panel アジア研究協会のパネル

I put together a panel for the annual Association for Asian Studies (アジア研究協会) conference in Asia, which was held in Kyoto at Dōshisha University 同志社大学 this year. My fellow panelists were Juergen Melzer (Yamanashi Gakuin University), W. Evan Young (Dickinson…

Historical Walk around Ise 伊勢の歴史散歩

This spring, a couple of the students (Miyuki and Kanon) from my seminar “History and Traditional Culture in Contemporary Japan” (現代日本の歴史と伝統文化ゼミ) at Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 made two videos introducing the city of Ise 伊勢市. Enjoy! Part 1 In this video,…

Slideshow Settings for Flashcards Deluxe

I’ve mentioned before that I really like the application Flashcards Deluxe (iOS and Android). One of my favorite features is the slideshow, which allows you to cycle through your flashcards without having to tap the screen for every single word.…

Kōgakkan University: Calligraphy in the School Festival 皇學館大学:倉陵祭の作品

Every year around this time, Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 holds its school festival, called the “Sōryōsai” 倉陵祭. This year, I submitted a piece of calligraphy to put on display with the calligraphy club’s works. It consists of two main characters written…

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…