Tag Archive for History

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).…

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…

Teaching: Syllabi for Spring 2014

I am teaching four courses at Grinnell College this semester: two regular ones, a seminar, and a directed reading on Pan-Asianism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (actually, the directed reading is called a Mentored Advanced Project, or…

Teaching: A Collaborative Classroom

I design my courses at Grinnell with the aim of creating a collaborative classroom. In this post I talk about some of the activities I incorporate into the lectures and discussions in order to encourage student participation (in another post,…

Don’t Forget About Flashcards

There are a lot of books available that describe systems for developing a phenomenal memory — Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein is one of my favorites from the bunch. What they mostly forget about, though, is the plain old flashcard…

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…