History

Dissertation Done!

What more is there to say? Actually, quite a bit, but I’ll save that for future blog posts. Finishing my dissertation defense is enough for one day. The Abstract This dissertation examines religion and warrior culture during Japan’s sixteenth century.…

Graduate Student Resources

This is a collection of Internet and print resources that have been helpful for me as a graduate student. The specific categories are aimed at students in East Asian studies and History. I want to thank the many students and…

A Workshop on the Shōsōin

Bryan Lowe and I organized this workshop, which was held at Princeton University on March 24th and 25th, 2012. We’re pleased to have received so much generous support from sponsors, and overwhelmed by the positive response from the academic community.…

Online Images of Primary Sources for Pre-Modern Japanese History

This is very much a work in progress. I plan to add more over the coming weeks, so please check back later for updates! Kokuritsu Rekishi Minzoku Hakubutsukan 国立歴史民族博物館 [National Museum of Japanese History]. “Shozoku shiryō dētābēsu” 所属資料データベース. ——. “Kanzō…

Online English-Language Bibliographies for Pre-Modern Japanese History

Below are some of the English-language bibliographies for Japanese studies that are available online. Although all of them contain valuable information, a few stand out for their wide coverage. Peter Kornicki’s bibliography is comprehensive and regularly updated, with approximately 80…

Online Primary Source Collections for Pre-Modern Japanese History 日本史の前近代的な一次史料のデータベース

There are a lot of Japanese primary sources on the Internet now, and the amount is increasing every day, but it can be difficult to find things, because the content is squirreled away in different nooks and crannies on the…

Basic Resources for Studying Diplomatics (komonjo 古文書)

Reading komonjo 古文書 (commonly glossed as “old records,” “old documents,” or “diplomatics”) is tough, but eventually, documents like the one shown in the image below become legible. I don’t know of any easy way to do it except to dive…

The Ōtomo and Competition in the Ritual Marketplace

This week, Ōuchi to Ōtomo: Chūsei Nishi Nihon no nidai daimyō 大内と大友 中世西日本の二大大名 [The Ōuchi and Ōtomo: Two major lords of western Japan during the Medieval Period] from Bensei Publishing appeared on virtual and physical bookshelves in Japan, and you’ll find…

Cherry Blossoms in the Kojiki

I read an interesting article about cherry blossoms on the PBS site this morning. The PBS article displayed the image above from the 712 Records of Ancient Matters (Kojiki 古事記), and the writer claims that the text contains the “first…