History

A Walk through the Past with the Kōgakkan University Historical Society 皇學館大学史學會の歴史散歩

I have the honor and pleasure of being in charge of this year’s “Historical Walk” at Kōgakkan University. As a theme, I chose the “Old Road of Kumano” (熊野古道), a World Heritage Site in Mie Prefecture. The photo here was…

Digital Pedagogy for the Analog Past

This post is a follow-up to a roundtable called “Digital Pedagogy for the Analog Past: Technological Tools and Methods for Teaching Premodern Materials” at the annual Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference in Toronto. Themes One of the main themes…

Shinto English 神道英語

Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 trains Shinto priests to work at shrines all over the country including what is widely considered to be the most sacred one, Ise Jingū 伊勢神宮, which is located near the university in Ise (the G7 leaders met…

Historical Runs in the UK 英国の「歴史ラン」

This summer I accompanied 15 students from Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 on a month-long study abroad program in the UK. We spent most of the time at the University of Kent in Canterbury. This was followed by a short stay in…

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…

Ise City Running Tours 伊勢市の歴史ラン

Every week I take my seminar students at Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 on a run around Ise City to visit historical landmarks. This photo was an attempt to make it look like I actually run fast. I don’t. But, it’s a…

Newspaper Article Redux: Ise-Shima Summit 新聞記事:伊勢志摩サミット

President Obama and other world leaders are in town now for the Ise-Shima Summit 伊勢志摩サミット, and the Chūnichi Newspaper 中日新聞 reprinted an interview me about my thoughts on the holding the summit in this region. The photo is different, but…

Book Display at the Library リレー展示

I was given the opportunity to recommend three books and have them put on display at the entrance to the library at Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学. The ones I chose below connect to my interests in Japan’s sixteenth century, lexicography, and…

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,…