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Ab Imperio     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.35, CiteScore: 0)
Advertising & Society Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
African Economic History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19, SJR: 0.123, CiteScore: 0)
Alabama Review     Full-text available via subscription  
American Annals of the Deaf     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16, SJR: 0.29, CiteScore: 1)
American Book Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13, SJR: 0.101, CiteScore: 0)
American Catholic Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
American Periodicals : A J. of History, Criticism, and Bibliography     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.145, CiteScore: 0)
Anales Galdosianos     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Anthropological Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 66, SJR: 0.461, CiteScore: 1)
Antipodes     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Appalachian Heritage     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Archives of Asian Art     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.114, CiteScore: 0)
Arizona J. of Hispanic Cultural Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
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Arthuriana     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.1, CiteScore: 0)
ASEAN Economic Bulletin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
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Asian Bioethics Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.113, CiteScore: 0)
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Asian Theatre J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.11, CiteScore: 0)
AUDEM : The Intl. J. of Higher Education and Democracy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Azalea: J. of Korean Literature & Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Biography     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.13, CiteScore: 0)
Black Women, Gender & Families     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Brookings Trade Forum     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Brookings-Wharton Papers on Financial Services     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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Buddhist-Christian Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Buildings & Landscapes: J. of the Vernacular Architecture Forum     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15, SJR: 0.101, CiteScore: 0)
Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bulletin of the Comediantes     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.1, CiteScore: 0)
Calíope : J. of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Canadian Ethnic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Canadian J. of Information and Library Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 376, SJR: 0.247, CiteScore: 0)
Canadian J. of Linguistics / La revue canadienne de linguistique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.109, CiteScore: 0)
Canadian J. of Philosophy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23, SJR: 0.758, CiteScore: 1)
Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.102, CiteScore: 0)
Canadian Theatre Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.124, CiteScore: 0)
Caribbean Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Catholic Historical Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19, SJR: 0.1, CiteScore: 0)
Cervantes : Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
China : An Intl. J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19, SJR: 0.165, CiteScore: 0)
China Review Intl.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Christianity & Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Cinema J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 29)
Civil War History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19, SJR: 0.118, CiteScore: 0)
Colorado Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Comitatus : A J. of Medieval and Renaissance Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Comparative Drama     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.115, CiteScore: 0)
Comparative Technology Transfer and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Conradiana     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Conservative Judaism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Contagion : J. of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.101, CiteScore: 0)
Contemporary Pacific     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.259, CiteScore: 0)
Contemporary Southeast Asia: A J. of Intl. and Strategic Affairs     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26, SJR: 0.357, CiteScore: 1)
CR : The New Centennial Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.126, CiteScore: 0)
Criticism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.126, CiteScore: 0)
Cross-Currents : East Asian History and Culture Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.101, CiteScore: 0)
Cuban Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Cultural Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.107, CiteScore: 0)
Demokratizatsiya: The J. of Post-Soviet Democratization     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.447, CiteScore: 1)
Diaspora: A J. of Transnational Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Dickens Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Dictionaries : J. of the Dictionary Society of North America     Full-text available via subscription  
Digital Philology : A J. of Medieval Cultures     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Discourse     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Dublin James Joyce J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Early American Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.157, CiteScore: 0)
Economía     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Ecotone     Full-text available via subscription  
Edith Wharton Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Education and Treatment of Children     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.68, CiteScore: 1)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.113, CiteScore: 0)
ELH     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24, SJR: 0.64, CiteScore: 1)
Emily Dickinson J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.111, CiteScore: 0)
English Literature in Transition 1880-1920     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.123, CiteScore: 0)
ESC: English Studies in Canada     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.107, CiteScore: 0)
ESQ: A J. of the American Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.139, CiteScore: 0)
Essays in Medieval Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Eudora Welty Review     Full-text available via subscription  
Feminist Formations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Film & History: An Interdisciplinary J. of Film and Television Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 39, SJR: 0.1, CiteScore: 0)
Forum J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.1, CiteScore: 0)
Framework : The J. of Cinema and Media     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Franciscan Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.111, CiteScore: 0)
French Colonial History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.112, CiteScore: 0)
Future Anterior     Full-text available via subscription   (SJR: 0.107, CiteScore: 0)
Future of Children     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.897, CiteScore: 2)
George Herbert J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
German Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 30, SJR: 0.118, CiteScore: 0)
Ghana Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Goethe Yearbook     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Harvard J. of Asiatic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Hebrew Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.113, CiteScore: 0)
Helios     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.101, CiteScore: 0)
Hemingway Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Henry James Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.112, CiteScore: 0)
High School J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Hispania     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.261, CiteScore: 0)
Hispanic Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.1, CiteScore: 0)
Hispanófila     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.113, CiteScore: 0)
Histoire sociale/Social history     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.114, CiteScore: 0)
Historically Speaking     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Histories of Anthropology Annual     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Hitchcock Annual     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Hopscotch: A Cultural Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Human Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.356, CiteScore: 1)
Human Rights Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 73, SJR: 0.625, CiteScore: 1)
Humanity : An Intl. J. of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21)
Information & Culture : A J. of History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
Intertexts     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Islamic Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.257, CiteScore: 0)
J. for the Study of Radicalism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.102, CiteScore: 0)
J. of American Folklore     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.212, CiteScore: 0)
J. of Arizona History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
J. of Asian American Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
J. of Burma Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.157, CiteScore: 0)
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J. of College Student Development     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.806, CiteScore: 1)
J. of Colonialism and Colonial History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
J. of Comparative Family Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
J. of Democracy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 55, SJR: 1.579, CiteScore: 3)
J. of Developing Areas     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
J. of Dramatic Theory and Criticism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
J. of Early Christian Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18, SJR: 0.226, CiteScore: 0)
J. of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.649, CiteScore: 1)
J. of Higher Education, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 44, SJR: 1.213, CiteScore: 2)
J. of Individual Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
J. of Japanese Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17, SJR: 0.162, CiteScore: 0)
J. of Jewish Identities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
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J. of Late Antiquity     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
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J. of Shi'a Islamic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.101, CiteScore: 0)
J. of Slavic Linguistics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
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J. of the Civil War Era     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
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J. of the History of Sexuality     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
J. of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
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J19 : The J. of Nineteenth-Century Americanists     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
James Joyce Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.1, CiteScore: 0)
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Le mouvement social     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.119, CiteScore: 0)
Leviathan : A J. of Melville Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.12, CiteScore: 0)
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Logos: A J. of Catholic Thought and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.11, CiteScore: 0)
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Journal of Japanese Studies
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  • The Making of Postwar Japan: A Speculative Essay
    • Abstract: In January 1943 as the United States entered its second year in World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt boarded a plane in Miami bound for North Africa and a historic meeting with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss wartime strategy and goals. It was a dangerous 48-hour flight through Brazil, across the Atlantic to the British colony of Gambia, and then up to Casablanca in Morocco, with the tightest wartime security. It was the first time a U.S. president had flown while in office and not an easy journey for the president with his physical disability. The ten-day conference was given over almost entirely to the strategies for the conflict in Europe. For the Allies, that theater had priority. On ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Forty-Seven Rōnin: The Vendetta in History by John A. Tucker
           (review)
    • Abstract: The romance and violence of the 1701–3 Akō vendetta have captivated audiences through three hundred years of dramatic interpretation, scholarly debate, and, of course, inclusion in Japan studies syllabi. For scholars who teach courses on the samurai or early modern history, the Akō Incident, along with its various philosophical and literary interpretations, occupies a unique position. The vendetta provides an opportunity for the simultaneous engagement of several critical themes, including the tension between warriors' violent autonomy and political authority, the relationship between popular art forms and contemporary controversies, and intellectuals' attempts to understand the changing place of the samurai in ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Unbinding The Pillow Book: The Many Lives of a Japanese Classic by Gergana
           Ivanova (review)
    • Abstract: Like all works of Japanese classical literature, Sei Shōnagon's Makura no sōshi (The pillow book) circulated only in manuscript until it was first printed in the seventeenth century. Surviving around 600 years of manuscript transmission was no easy matter, particularly when you take into account the destruction that accompanied the Ōnin War. That is why 299 of the 493 works listed in the thirteenth-century catalogue Honchō shojaku mokuroku are now lost and only their titles known. There can be no doubt, then, that we have lost a great deal of the literary production of the Heian period, and we cannot necessarily assume that only the best works have survived, for chance—as well as perceived literary ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Chinese Literary Forms in Heian Japan: Poetics and Practice by Brian
           Steininger (review)
    • Abstract: In this collection of essays on cultural and literary developments during the tenth and eleventh centuries, Brian Steininger tells the story of how scholar-officials like Minamoto Shitagō (911–83) and Fujiwara Akihira ('–1066)—who have received little attention in either Japanese- or English-language scholarship—helped to develop new ways to write prose and poetry sinographically (in Chinese characters) while glossing and reading their texts in Japanese. By the eleventh century, the author argues, that practice resulted in "a new high vernacular" that he calls "Literary Sinitic." Steininger suggests the latter was one element of a broader "mid-Heian shift," from the bureaucratic ways of Chinese-style law codes ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mediated by Gifts: Politics and Society in Japan, 1350–1850 ed. by
           Martha Chaiklin (review)
    • Abstract: Mediated by Gifts is a collection of excellent essays and Martha Chaiklin deserves high praise for having put it together. There must be many occasions in which the organization of a conference panel does not translate into the subsequent production of a book. In this happy case, it did. The contributing authors highlight different, fascinating aspects of the deeply engrained culture of gift giving in premodern Japan. Needless to say, that culture is still very much alive in modern Japan. It seems that Lee Butler is really the towering figure behind this book. He makes an excellent contribution, mining much-neglected diary source materials, and is the fluent translator of two other articles. Chaiklin graciously ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Dream of Christian Nagasaki: World Trade and the Clash of Cultures,
           1560–1640 by Reinier H. Hesselink (review)
    • Abstract: The history of Nagasaki is a fundamental part of the interaction between Japan and the West during the time once referred to almost casually as Japan's Christian Century. This book returns us to that concept, but by no means triumphantly. Instead the Christianization of Japan is presented as an unfulfilled dream, for which the Jesuit enclave of Nagasaki would become a powerful symbol. Fortified twice—first in wood by the early missionaries and then in formidable stone following Nagasaki's donation to the Society of Jesus—it would flourish for a short time as a European colony in all but name until being confiscated by Hideyoshi.Nagasaki was the third choice as the base for the Portuguese mission within the ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Give and Take: Poverty and the Status Order in Early Modern Japan by Maren
           A. Ehlers (review)
    • Abstract: In this richly detailed study of Ōno, an early modern castle town of some 6,000 residents in inland Echizen Province, Maren Ehlers uses a range of local sources to reveal the finely calibrated relations between and among rulers and ruled. She focuses in particular on people belonging to the most marginalized socioeconomic groups: the impoverished, itinerants, and outcastes. Ehlers shows how political and social stability was premised on the integrity and mutual dependence of self-governing groups, including the poor and outcastes, all of whom had clearly delineated roles within the Tokugawa status order. While Ehlers's study seems local and discrete, its implications are much broader, for the system of nested ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bringing Whales Ashore: Oceans and the Environment of Early Modern Japan
           by Jakobina K. Arch (review)
    • Abstract: With Bringing Whales Ashore, Jakobina Arch almost singlehandedly places the emerging field regarding whales and whaling in Japanese history on solid ground. As the title hints, Arch is interested in exploring not just the detailed practice of early modern Japanese whaling, but also the myriad ways in which whales entered mainstream Tokugawa society and culture: as consumer products (primarily meat, oil, fertilizer, and pesticide), as "food for thought" (as in the fiction of Ihara Saikaku), and even as spiritual beings, speaking in dreams and in turn being memorialized in temples and graveyards. In the process, Arch also takes aim at historiographic issues within studies of the Tokugawa period, arguing powerfully ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Making History Matter: Kuroita Katsumi and the Construction of Imperial
           Japan by Lisa Yoshikawa (review)
    • Abstract: Lisa Yoshikawa's monograph on the life and work of Kuroita Katsumi (1874–1946) is a very welcome contribution not only to the unfortunately still compact list of English-language works on Japanese historiographical thought, but also to the even shorter list of studies on the establishment of "history" as a discipline in the context of the modern Japanese empire.Kuroita, the central character of this work, belonged to what the author refers to as the "second generation" of Tokyo (Imperial) University historians (p. 4), which also included Mikami Sanji (1865–1939) and Tsuji Zennosuke (1877–1955). Through the influence of Ludwig Riess (1861–1928), a direct student of Leopold von Ranke (1795–1886), this generation of ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Colonizing Language: Cultural Production and Language Politics in Modern
           Japan and Korea by Christina Yi (review)
    • Abstract: A number of scholarly publications on the Japanese empire have come out in the last two decades, expanding our understanding of the history, culture, and politics of Japan's imperialist expansion in the early twentieth century. They have explored the colonial histories and literatures of Taiwan, China, Manchuria, and Korea from multiple vantage points and theoretical orientations. This is a welcome development, considering the various ways that cold war political ideologies—including, most prominently, ethnonationalism—had previously led to myopic and present-oriented narratives of the period. Works concerning "the colonial period" in Korea have brought to light the complexity of issues of national identity ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Rules of the House: Family Law and Domestic Disputes in Colonial Korea by
           Sungyun Lim (review)
    • Abstract: Rules of the House explores the development of Japan's "legal assimilation" over its 35-year period of colonial rule, concentrating important attention on how the policy engaged participation among traditionally underrepresented peoples. A strong point of Sungyun Lim's study lies in its crossing divides, both prior to and following this period, to draw connections between traditional and colonial-era law practices and those of postliberation Korea. Lim's focus is on family law, and particularly on how widows, daughters, and concubines were able to exploit structural changes during these periods through litigation. The majority of the cases she examined directly involved property inheritance disputes. Lim finds ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Engineering Asia: Technology, Colonial Development and the Cold War Order
           ed. by Hiromi Mizuno, Aaron S. Moore, and John DiMoia (review)
    • Abstract: As I was preparing this review for publication, I received the news that Aaron S. Moore passed away unexpectedly. He made me a better scholar of Japanese history and the history of technology. He made the fields of modern Japanese history and the history of technology more ambitious, more exciting, and more humane. Thank you, Aaron. I will miss you.Engineering Asia: Technology, Colonial Development and the Cold War Order is one of the most important edited volumes to come out in recent memory. The volume argues that the ideology of developmentalism enabled the rise of postcolonial nation-states in cold war Asia at the same time that it facilitated the re-establishment of prewar and wartime hierarchies. The chapters ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bombing the City: Civilian Accounts of the Air War in Britain and Japan,
           1939–1945 by Aaron William Moore (review)
    • Abstract: This innovative book places the experiences of British and Japanese civilians side by side to develop a revealing comparison of civilian experiences of one of the most horrifying aspects of the World War II: mass bombing attacks on heavily populated urban targets.At the heart of the book is a rich collection of primary sources: mostly diaries and memoirs, with some letters and media sources thrown in. There has been a revival of interest recently in firsthand accounts of Japanese civilian experiences of the war. Samuel Yamashita has been a pioneer in this field, with his wonderful collection of diary extracts and his more recent Daily Life in Wartime Japan.1 While Aaron Moore draws in his book on some previously ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Japan's Occupation of Java in the Second World War: A Transnational
           History by Ethan Mark (review)
    • Abstract: The Japanese Imperial Army and Navy occupied most of Southeast Asia during World War II. Ethan Mark focuses on Indonesia's relatively small island, Java, which constitutes a mere three per cent of Southeast Asia's land area but was home to more than one-third of its wartime population. In the history of Indonesia, the Japanese occupation was a profoundly significant event, as it marked the end of Dutch colonialism and provided opportunities for Indonesian nationalists and youth activists to prepare for the National Revolution that followed Japan's surrender. Not so long after the Indonesian Revolution, prominent historians at U.S. universities, such as George Kahin, Harry Benda, and Benedict Anderson, studied the ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Return from Siberia: A Japanese Life in War and Peace, 1925–2015 by
           Oguma Eiji (review)
    • Abstract: This attractive, beautifully written English-language edition of Ikite kaette kita otoko: aru Nihonhei no sensō to sengo (A man who lived to return home: one soldier's wartime and postwar [Iwanami Shoten, 2015]) is the product of a series of father-son interviews between protagonist Oguma Kenji (b. 1925) and author Oguma Eiji (b. 1962). Although Oguma the elder is the main character, Return from Siberia is a single-author title bearing only his son's byline. Indeed, Oguma Eiji's frequent interpositions of background information to frame block quotations from interviews with his father make it more narrative history than memoir. As the title intimates, Oguma Kenji's internment in Siberia (August 1945-August 1948) ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Cinema of Ozu Yasujiro: Histories of the Everyday by Woojeong Joo
           (review)
    • Abstract: In response to criticism that condemned his films for being fundamentally alike, Japanese director Ozu Yasujirō famously stated, "I only know how to make tofu [and nothing else]." Yet, with a career that spanned 35 years and a body of work comprising 54 feature films, Ozu's tofu was not only varied but "constantly changing and reacting to historical conditions of modern Japan throughout the prewar, war, and postwar eras" (p. 5). Indeed, as Woojeong Joo argues in his capacious and well-researched book, The Cinema of Ozu Yasujiro: Histories of the Everyday, Ozu's oft-cited quote was not merely a defense of the kind of everyday existence that he depicted in his films but a testament to his commitment to examining and ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art by Susan Napier (review)
    • Abstract: For over 50 years, Miyazaki Hayao has been inviting audiences into his astonishing animated worlds. These worlds have ranged from the fantastical and far future to the historical and everyday life. Each has been populated with human characters and creatures that are by turns surprising, inventive, and instructive. Susan Napier's new biography of Miyazaki invites the reader into these worlds, using the director's life and history to frame a discussion of what she terms "Miyazakiworld": "the immersive animated realm that varies delightfully from film to film but is always marked by the director's unique imagination" (p. x).Napier's exploration of Miyazakiworld is warm and inviting, and her narration of Miyazaki's ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Double Visions, Double Fictions: The Doppelgänger in Japanese Film and
           Literature by Baryon Tensor Posadas (review)
    • Abstract: When a protagonist in a story encounters their Doppelgänger (lit. double walker), they have a vision of a body identical to themselves.1 Seeing yourself that is not you is not just unsettling but takes you to a place where you start questioning who you are, a critical question with no finite answer. The vision of a Doppelgänger, according to Baryon Tensor Posadas, destabilizes the sense of the self, creating a condition in which the self is unable to differentiate itself from the Other. The effect of this experience on your psyche is that you feel you are no longer a unified whole but are split—or worse, fragmented. Since the internal landscape of a modern man, who struggles to keep himself together, was the field ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Electrified Voices: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern
           Japan, 1868–1945 by Kerim Yasar (review)
    • Abstract: Compared to Japan's visual culture, sound and sonic culture in Japan have received little attention. This is true of sound in general; the field of sound studies has developed in part in reaction to the widely perceived dominance of the visual in the study of modern and contemporary culture.1 Although sound studies do not represent a major part of the theoretical foundations of Kerim Yasar's book, he clearly shares the premise that sound is "worthy of focused and sustained examination" and states that sound "is particularly effective at pacing our sense of lived time and shaping our sense of time as a whole. Sound is movement by definition and movement is time" (p. 4).In the case of Japan, sound and sound ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Tokyo Boogie-Woogie: Japan's Pop Era and Its Discontents by Hiromu
           Nagahara (review)
    • Abstract: In 2002, Japan instituted a curriculum revision requiring music educators in public schools to use traditional Japanese instruments in classes for the first time. The revision (gakushū shidō yōryō) directs elementary school teachers to introduce Japanese instruments to students in later grades along with general musical concepts such as pitch, rhythm, melody, and harmony. Middle-school music teachers as well must incorporate more than one traditional instrument over three years of teaching.1 Minimal as they seem, these additions mark a significant change to compulsory education in Japan. Since the nineteenth century, the music curriculum in public schools has, curiously perhaps, privileged Euro-American musical ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan by Justin Jesty (review)
    • Abstract: Justin Jesty's Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan is a brilliant puzzle box of a book—at times vexing, but mostly delightful.Jesty's stated aim is to use avant-garde visual art in 1950s Japan to rediscover the highly contested nature of Japan's emerging political and social contracts in the "early postwar" period from 1945 to 1960. A second aim is to propound a new model for how art and politics interact, a model that "moves beyond the idea that the artwork or artist unilaterally authors political significance, to trace how creations and expressive acts may (or may not) actually engage the terms of shared meaning and value" (p. 256).Although he touches on many other artists along the way, Jesty builds the ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Provoke: Between Protest and Performance—Photography in Japan 1960/ 1975
           ed. by Diane Dufour and Matthew S. Witkovsky (review)
    • Abstract: Provoke: Between Protest and Performance is a large book published in conjunction with an important exhibition on Japanese photography jointly curated and exhibited at four locations. The show began its tour (January-May 2016) at the Albertina Museum in Vienna's city center, a museum with a strong photographic collection, then moved to the newer Fotomuseum Wintherthur in Switzerland (for summer 2016). It traveled on to LE BAL, Paris, at the end of 2016 and then made a splash at the Art Institute of Chicago in early 2017, its last, and only North American, venue. Diane Dufour, founder and director of LE BAL, a contemporary art center dedicated to photo, video, cinema, and new media, is credited as the editor of the ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Sense of the City: Modes of Urban Representation in the Works of Nagai
           Kafū (1879–1959) by Gala Maria Follaco (review)
    • Abstract: Nagai Kafū (1879–1959) is considered, alongside other preeminent writers of the early twentieth century such as Mori Ō gai, Natsume Sōseki, and Shimazaki Tōson, as an "antimodern modernist," i.e., a modernist "who nonetheless problematized modernity" (p. 7).1 Like those of his contemporaries, Kafū 's critique of Japan's modernity was triggered by the enormous dynamics and far-reaching transformations that have affected Tokyo since the Meiji Restoration. However, what distinguishes Kafū from his coevals is his very close relationship with Tokyo. Kafū dedicated a great deal of his life to documenting the spatial, social, and cultural conflicts inherent in the Edo-Tokyo transformation.A Sense of the City is the first ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Japan at the Crossroads: Conflict and Compromise after Anpo by Nick Kapur
           (review)
    • Abstract: As the title of this impressive book suggests, Nick Kapur wants to reposition the massive Anpo protests of 1960 as a critical "inflection point" in postwar Japanese history, when earlier developments were "accelerated" or "rerouted" to alternative "trajectories" thanks to the "gravitational force of the crisis" (p. 271). The book presents a great deal of evidence for the victory of compromise, the weakening of democracy, and the revitalization of the far right after Anpo, but Kapur also recognizes the creative energy of this moment, for example in "new forms of literary and artistic expression," greater "mutuality" in U.S.-Japan relations, new forms of social activism, and practices of "tolerance and patience" in ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mass Media, Consumerism and National Identity in Postwar Japan by Martyn
           David Smith (review)
    • Abstract: Martyn David Smith opens his study of early postwar print media with this enticingly counterintuitive description of the working lives of Japanese circa 1952:Hard work on the part of the Japanese people was essential, but by no means guaranteed. Japanese people were not efficient workers and an eight-hour working day was often equivalent to only two or three hours' work. . . . Creating a prosperous, independent country entailed putting peoples' time and energy to the most effective use. For the Japanese, this required a change in working culture. (p. 1)Given the prevalent stereotype of Japan as a nation of corporate warriors driven by single-minded devotion to economic expansion in the service of "Japan Inc.," ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Contraceptive Diplomacy: Reproductive Politics and Imperial Ambitions in
           the United States and Japan by Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci (review)
    • Abstract: Birth control activist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger (1879–1966) visited Japan seven times during her lifetime. Her friend and counterpart Katō (Ishimoto) Shizue (1897–2001) traveled to the United States several times and, in 1935, published a bestselling autobiography, Facing Two Ways: The Story of My Life in English, a book that continues to be used in classrooms. At first glance, Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci's Contraceptive Diplomacy: Reproductive Politics and Imperial Ambitions in the United States and Japan appears to be about these two women and their transnational careers as advocates for birth control beginning in the 1910s and 1920s and extending through the 1950s. A photograph from 1936 graces ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Japan in the American Century by Kenneth B. Pyle (review)
    • Abstract: Kenneth B. Pyle's recent book provides a fascinating new vision of postwar and contemporary Japan, arguing that "[a]n understanding of postwar Japan . . . must begin with the American policy of unconditional surrender and its ultimate purpose of establishing a new international order" (p. 351). Pyle returns often to George Kennan's description of an "unnatural intimacy" between these two countries, forced together by global politics despite their radically different cultures. Reflecting on the widely shared confidence among U.S. foreign professionals and leaders in not just the superiority of U.S. values but also their inevitability among free-thinking peoples, Pyle examines a Japan frequently compelled to engage ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Negotiating the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Japan Confidential by Yukinori Komine
           (review)
    • Abstract: This meticulously researched book on "negotiating the U.S.-Japan alliance" might be subtitled "the untold story," since it relies heavily on declassified sensitive documents of the U.S. and Japanese governments that significantly update a familiar narrative. The author, Yukinori Komine, adds fascinating hitherto unknown details to key negotiations in the early decades of the U.S.-Japan alliance, focusing in particular on the thorny issue of nuclear weapons in Japan. Though there has been much revealed already regarding the existence of secret pacts between the two governments reached during the security treaty negotiations in the 1950s and lengthy talks to return Okinawa in the 1960s, this is the first book to ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Political Corruption and Scandals in Japan by Matthew M. Carlson and
           Steven R. Reed (review)
    • Abstract: The conduct of Japanese politics and public administration has periodically been punctuated by corruption scandals, some more serious than others and certainly more consequential in terms of the effects on the political or bureaucratic careers, and even lives, of those involved.As Matthew Carlson and Steven Reed make clear, the list is long of the types and episodes of political corruption that have come to public attention, including "bribery, embezzlement, bid rigging, fraud, the misuse of public funds, vote buying, and tax evasion" (p. 3). In terms of the examples discussed in their new book, the majority have involved garden-variety bribery, namely, politicians accepting "money for favors" (or influence ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Devouring Japan: Global Perspectives on Japanese Culinary Identity ed. by
           Nancy K. Stalker (review)
    • Abstract: Devouring Japan: Global Perspectives on Japanese Culinary Identity is an important contribution to the English-language scholarship on Japanese food. As editor Nancy Stalker explains in her acknowledgments, she and her colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin organized a conference in 2014 to commemorate UNESCO's addition of the term washoku to its List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, with funding from the Japan Foundation, the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, and the Mitsubishi Caterpillar Heavy Industries Endowment. Devouring Japan consists of some of the essays presented at the conference.Because UNESCO's decision inspired this volume, I will start with the six chapters that ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan by
           Rebecca Corbett (review)
    • Abstract: Tea culture has been one of Japan's leading exports since the nineteenth century. Tea was performed at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and in 1906 Okakura Kakuzō published The Book of Tea, a book written expressly for English-language readers that is still a popular introduction to the subject today. Since its publication, there have been books on tea by masters and affiliates of the three schools founded by Sen no Rikyū's heirs as well as by scholars, many of whom have spent some time studying under the auspices of one of these schools. For the most part, these works have been descriptive in nature with little critical analysis of the narratives promulgated and institutionalized by the tea schools. Recently ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Long Strange Journey: On Modern Zen, Zen Art, and Other Predicaments by
           Gregory P. A. Levine (review)
    • Abstract: Whether we like it or not, Zen seems to feature everywhere, from a Shiseido perfume bottle to a brand of breakfast cereal, from an advertisement for Mercedes Benz to the sign on a more modest hair salon. Restaurants with "Zen" in their names exist in Dallas, the Real Madrid football ground, Saipan, and Nairobi, among other places. Even in the Veneto region in Italy, where Zen is a well-known family name unrelated to the Oriental Zen, most restaurants with "Zen" in their name offer sushi and other Japanese delicacies. The spread of Zen is truly global. What, however, do we mean by this "Zen"' This wonderful book tries to answer this very question.The main title of the book Long Strange Journey is suitably enigmatic ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Shinto, Nature and Ideology in Contemporary Japan: Making Sacred Forests
           by Aike P. Rots (review)
    • Abstract: The view that Shintō is historically constructed, its contours variable across the long history of the Japanese archipelago, commands broad assent in the field. Forcefully articulated by John Breen and Mark Teeuwen, among others, the historical constructivist approach challenges scholars to grapple with the contingent character of Shintō by attending to contextual specificity. Aike Rots rises to that challenge in this ambitious study and provides an insightful approach to understanding Shintō's discursive profile in contemporary Japan. Shintō has acquired over the past two decades a level of public and political prominence unseen since the end of World War II. Rots points to the 2016 G7 Summit, during which Prime ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Intimate Japan: Ethnographies of Closeness and Conflict ed. by Allison
           Alexy and Emma E. Cook (review)
    • Abstract: As the editors of this volume note, intimacy has recently emerged as a topic of academic research, with a growing number of books and articles signaling interest in the phenomenon by including the term in their titles. In relation to Japan studies, Intimate Japan is not the first to draw attention to the changing nature of intimate relations. There is Lieba Faier's Intimate Encounters: Filipina Women and the Remaking of Rural Japan (University of California Press, 2009), Gary Leupp's Interracial Intimacy in Japan: Western Men and Japanese Women, 1543–1900 (Continuum, 2003), and Genero Castro-Vázquez's Intimacy and Reproduction in Contemporary Japan (Routledge, 2017). While the focus of much of this prior research ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • An Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo's Commuter Train Network by Michael
           Fisch (review)
    • Abstract: Michael Fisch employs a science and technology studies (STS) approach in this "technography" (ethnography of technology) of the Tokyo commuter train system, thus contributing to the global literature on trains as iconic machines of modernization. However, Fisch does not consider railway technology in isolation but rather insists that humans and machines must always be considered together, shaped by and shaping the other, in contrast to a technological determinism that would see railroad design as having only a one-way impact on societies. Because human communities are at stake, Fisch embraces rather than shies away from raising ethical considerations through the use of such terms as "technicity," which he defines ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics ed. by A. Minh Nguyen (review)
    • Abstract: This book is probably the most notable contribution in English to the field of Japanese aesthetics published in this century so far and one of the most significant in the past fifty years. My judgment rests on the remarkable range of disciplines and quality of contributors included. The first part of this review surveys that variety and the second raises issues for further study.Significance of the book. Besides the front material, the anthology includes 27 essays by established authorities in Japanese aesthetics from philosophy (Thorsten Botz-Bornstein, Allen Carlson, Robert E. Carter, David E. Cooper, Carol Steinberg Gould, Peter Leech, James McRae, John C. Maraldo, Mara Miller, Steve Odin, Graham Parkes, Yuriko ... Read More
      Keywords: Giō,; Audience participation television programs; Democracy; Dore, Ronald,; Japan; World War, 1939-1945; Kanbungaku (Japanese literature); Gifts; Nagasaki-shi (Japan); Social classes; Kuroita, Katsumi,; Language policy; Technology; Indonesia; Oguma, Kenji,; O
      PubDate: 2020-01-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
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