A group dedicated to the study of Japan in all its national and transnational contexts. Members welcome from all disciplines.
Slideshow containing information about the new book, links, and mostly illustrations supplementing the autobiographical chapter “Discovering Japanese Fusion of Religions on the Pilgrimage Island of Shikoku.”
Long-term residents share their stories of acculturation or thriving in Japan, from enjoyable activities to serious research. Readers contemplating a stay in Japan can see typical entry points and occupations, decide whether or not to study the language, and prepare accordingly. Editor John Rucynski describes the collection as a “captivating…[Read more]
Since 2004 the author has lectured for the Japanese government foreign aid agency to visiting officials, mostly from developing countries. The 70th 2-hour presentation will be to long-term grantees entering graduate schools in the Kansai region (Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, and surroundings) by Zoom. This illustrated slideshow gives an idea of the…[Read more]
Slideshow for a forthcoming invited presentation. ABSTRACT: Podcasting originated as a new form of audio broadcasting, but by 2006, issues of ease of use, proprietary technology, and finances slowed its momentum. Now podcasting is more popular than ever. This presentation therefore traces the author’s initial and current CALL podcasting p…[Read more]
Whether citizens, sojourners, or immigrants, most employed residents of Japan will be unable or unwilling to retire. The natural desire to choose the terms of transitions, however, runs into customary age limits, around 65 for full-time and 70 to 75 for part-time employment in the case of higher education. Combined with stereotypical…[Read more]
Fun quiz with a presentation and worksheet for students to answer the questions while the teacher projects the presentation. It upends preconceptions of most Japanese university students and provides a lesson on phenomena such as international marriage, language shift, and the levels of bilingualism formulated by the author.
A previous Deep in Japan podcast explored how ancient Japanese viewed their environment and sacred sites, culminating in the author’s discovery of a mountain range that was formerly viewed as a mandala that practitioners could traverse. This 2022 podcast is more autobiographical, describing encounters with Reischauer, Keene, Alan Watts, and…[Read more]
The author solved what seemed to be an international murder mystery, finally clarifying what the real danger in Japan is. This article combines investigative journalism, Japanology, creative writing, photos of Kyoto, and environmentalism.
Egas Moniz Bandeira deposited The 22 Frimaire of Yuan Shikai: Privy councils in the constitutional architectures of Japan and China, 1887–1917 in the group Japanese Studies on Humanities Commons 1 year, 2 months ago
Privy councils are among the most traditional, yet least conspicuous forms of collective decision-making in modern states. However, using the example of East Asia, this chapter shows that, far from being a moribund relic of the pre-constitutional past, advisory councils to the head of state were a highly productive global element of…[Read more]
This chapter focuses on the Tokugawa-Meiji transition period in the Japanese archipelago. It discusses the question of the perceived poor prospects for the transplantation of a “parliament” onto Japanese soil. The Japanese system itself, on which the new parliament was premised, hovered between a centralized unitary state and an extremely…[Read more]
この論文は、世界中のバイリンガリズム（二ヶ国語併用・使用） の研究によって得られた理論を概説し、これらを日本のバイリン ガリズムの現状を把握に適用することを目的とする。更に、日本 で用いられているバイリンガリズムの用語を再点検するとともに、 日本における二言語・二文化併用に見られる諸現象を述べるに必 要な新しい用語についてもいくつか紹介したい。 Research paper on bilingualism and biculturalism. Because the author prioritized getting…[Read more]
Gwyn McClelland deposited ‘I still cannot get over it’ 75 years after Japan atomic bombs, a nuclear weapons ban treaty is finally realised in the group Japanese Studies on Humanities Commons 1 year, 7 months ago
The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will finally come into force after the 50th country (Honduras) ratified it over the weekend. The treaty will make the development, testing, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons illegal for those countries that have signed it. This is an extraordinary achievement for those who have suffered the…[Read more]
English translation of a famous but unorthodox haiku by Masaoka Shiki in the late 19th Century, with photos and references for further research on the pilgrimage island of Shikoku.
Entry to a Deep in Japan Podcast, during which Steve McCarty elucidates the origins of Japan, the Imperial line, and how people viewed their environment from 30,000 years ago to the golden age of the Heian Period. He tells moving legends to rival Sophocles, culminating in a fusion of many religions in a mountain range viewed as a maṇḍala that cou…[Read more]
Christina Spiker deposited Nostalgic Femininity / From Flowers to Warriors: Japanese Woodblock Prints in the St. Catherine University Archives & Special Collections in the group Japanese Studies on Humanities Commons 3 years, 2 months ago
The prints featured in this exhibition are all products of the Meiji period (1868–1912), a time of massive cultural and institutional transformation in Japanese culture. The era is characterized by rapid westernization brought about after the opening of Japanese ports in 1854 and the subsequent restoration of the Meiji Emperor in 1868. The p…[Read more]