Tag Archive for East Asia

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…

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).…

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”)…