East Asia

Maps of Ise City 伊勢市の地図

After living in Ise City 伊勢市 for a while, I’ve come across several maps that contain useful information. The quality is a bit uneven, but when you put them together, you get a good sense of the city and the…

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…

Analog Note-Taking 「アナログ」メモの取り方

I’ve written down a few thoughts here about why I incorporate “analog” note-taking methods into my classses. It’s connected to a presentation I’ll give later this week at the annual Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference in Toronto on March…

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…

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…

Review: Holy Ghosts

My review of Rebecca Suter’s Holy Ghosts: The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction is up now on Marginalia. It’s a great book for anyone interested in learning more about the legacy of Japan’s Christian Century (late 16th to early…

The ‘F’ Word: ‘Feudal’ Japan in World History

Last week I gave a talk at Okayama University (岡山大学) in a workshop called “Japan in the World, the World in Japan: A Methodological Approach.” The title of my talk was “The ‘F’ Word: ‘Feudal’ Japan in World History” (「F」ワード:世界史における日本の「封建」時代).…