East Asia

Kōgakkan: The Cherry Blossom Queen Pays a Visit 皇學館大学:全米さくらの女王が来学

Yesterday, the Cherry Blossom Queen 全米さくらの女王 came to Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学. I was there as an interpreter, and while we talked, we enjoyed drinking tea prepared by Mr. Asanuma 浅沼 (an Urasenke 裏千家 tea master) and his students. The event…

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…

On the Translation of Old Japanese Records into English 古文書の英訳に関する一考察

I spent my Thanksgiving in Japan giving a talk at Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 about some interesting aspects of translating old Japanese documents into English. I was a little worried that no one would come, because I don’t know how appealing…

Review: Conquering Demons

H-Shukyo just published my review of Jan Leuchtenber’s Conquering Demons: The “Kirishitan,” Japan, and the World in Early Modern Japanese Literature (2013). You can click on the image below to read the full review. “H-Shukyo (the Japanese term for “religion”)…

Kōgakkan: A New Office

This year I began a new position as an associate professor teaching in the Communication Department at Kōgakkan University (皇學館大学) in Ise City (伊勢市), Japan. My former office at Grinnell was wonderful, but this one is a little more spacious,…

The Military-Religious Complex in Medieval Japan

This Friday, I will present a paper at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in Philadelphia as part of a panel titled “Buddhist Monks, Aristocrats, and Warriors in 14th- and 15th- Century Japanese Society.” If you are in town, and…

Grinnell: Interview in the Scarlett and Black

Here’s something to do in Grinnell: get interviewed for the school paper! Yishi Liang interviewed me a few days ago for the weekly Grinnell College newspaper, Scarlet & Black. The paper printed it in Volume 130, Issue 14, on page…