New Books from Japan

In the “New Books From Japan” series, the presenter will introduce their book in Japanese, and the discussant will provide comments in English. Participants may speak in either Japanese or English during the Q & A and discussion.

“New Books From Japan” シリーズでは、発表者は日本語で発表し、討論者は英語で討論いたします。参加者は日本語‧英語どちらでも自由にお使いください。同時通訳はありません。

Organizing Committee / 担当者

SAYAKA CHATANI, National University of Singapore

HIRO FUJIMOTO, Heidelberg University

MAHO IKEDA, Tokyo Metropolitan University

2024 Events

Friday, May 31 2024 | 9:00-10:30 PM JST | 8:00-9:30 AM EDT | 1:00-2:30 PM BST


New Books from Japan #6:

Women in Asia under the Japanese Empire


Presenter: 蔭木 達也 (Tatsuya Kageki, Keio University)

Discussant: Marnie Anderson (Smith College)

Contributors to this book provide an Asian women’s history from the perspective of gender analysis, assessing Japanese imperial policy and propaganda in its colonies and occupied territories and particularly its impact on women. Tackling topics including media, travel, migration, literature, and the perceptions of the empire by the colonized, the authors present an eclectic history, unified by the perspective of gender studies and the spatial and political lens of the Japanese Empire. They look at the lives of women in, Taiwan, Korea, Manchuria, Mainland China, Micronesia, and Okinawa, among others. These women were wives, mothers, writers, migrants, intellectuals and activists, and thus had a very broad range of views and experiences of Imperial Japan. Where women have tended in the past to be studied as objects of the imperial system, the contributors to this book study them as the subject of history, while also providing an outside-in perspective on the Japanese Empire by other Asians.


Friday, June 21, 2024 | 9:00-10:30 PM JST | 8:00-9:30 AM EDT | 1:00-2:30 PM BST


New Books from Japan #7:

Destruction and Renewal at the Ise Shrines

Presenter: Jordan Sand (Georgetown University)

Discussant: 高木博志 (Hiroshi Takagi, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University)

Ise Grand Shrine has often drawn praise in recent years for the elegant simplicity of its buildings, but in fact was a much more extravagant monument in earlier eras, and the austere reenshrinement ceremonies we see today are an invention of the modern period. Spanning an unprecedented timeframe from the ancient Yamato period to the present day, this wide-ranging historical study reconsiders the fundamental nature of the reenshrinement and reconstruction ceremonies of the Ise Shrine(s) in the context of Japan's shifting political and material cultures.

※Discussion will also include Hiroshi Takagi's Modern Imperial System and Traditional Culture (Iwanami Shoten, 2024).



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