Voices from Tohoku, http://tohokukaranokoe.org/
Over the past 3+ years, we have collected video oral narratives from more than 10 communities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. We have more than 500 hours in total, making it one of the largest such archives we know of. Most of the interviewing has been done by undergraduates at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, Tokyo.
"Voices of Tohoku" is a Japanese website that features a collection of clips taken from our full archive, each with Japanese transcriptions and thematic tags. These clips were first provided to our primary audience--the Tohoku informants themselves--as some record of how people felt during the unfolding of events within community life in post 3.11 Tohoku. The stories are not always happy but one informant suggested that we make them available to the public. "After all," she said, "we only told you these stories so you would tell the world what really happened." The website is not fancy but it is functional, a work in progress. (Of course, we have full release forms for all material.)
During the data collection, we returned to each site for repeated visits for at least a year, always doing volunteer work to better understand the specifics of the community. Rather than focusing on the often horrific tales of destruction on "the day of," we tried to give our informants a more expansive chance to talk about their lives in more detail. Wanting minimal interruption, we often asked only three questions during our interviews: what was your community like before 3.11; how has it been from the disaster until today; what is your vision of the future?
We are not collecting any more Tohoku narratives, not because the situation is in any sense "over"--it is not--but because we do not have any more money to send people into Tohoku. We are currently translating the interviews into English and looking for a way to make the full archive open to other scholars in a responsible and effective way.
We gratefully acknowledge support from Sophia University, the Toyota Foundation and a JSPS grant from the Japanese government. Also, we thank the many graduate students, post-grad scholars, colleagues, NPO leaders and of course, our many interviewees and collaborators in Tohoku, who have helped us make the archive what it is so far.
[cross-posted from H-Japan 20 Dec 2014]
introducing Re-Envisioning Japan: Japan as Destination in 20th Century Visual and Material Culture at http://humanities.lib.rochester.edu/rej/.
This open-access critical archive is a multimedia project using travel, education, and the production and exchange of images and objects as a lens to investigate changing representations of Japan and its place in the world in the first half of the 20th century. Re-Envisioning Japan makes available a wide range of ephemeral objects (e.g., films, postcards, brochures, photographs, stereographs, and guide books); please see the menu tabs under 'Research" for more detailed background and other information. The site is also a versatile pedagogical tool. As author and editor, I've been using it in the curriculum of "Tourist Japan," a course in which tourism and tourist culture is used to illuminate the relationship between modernization processes and identity formation. Using Re-envisioning Japan, students build their own exhibits linking cultural objects generated by tourism and education with evolving concepts of nationalism and cultural identity.
Re-Envisioning Japan is inherently ongoing: I work continuously on adding metadata and contextualization. The addition of a 16mm Timeline (See "Moving Images") is the most recent development. I am currently working on descriptions for each film and fair use excerpts of titles with complex copyright issues; some titles not yet uploaded await copyright permission. Similar Timelines for 8mm film formats are planned for the end of January. In 2015 we'll be migrating the entire site to an Omeka platform in order to make it even more interactive. In the meantime, if you have any information about any of the objects that you would like to share with others, please contact me at joanne.bernardi[atrochester] dot edu. Feedback and suggestions are also most welcome.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside has received a generous donation of 260 beautiful, color slides of 1950s Japan, and they are now free to view online. The photographer, U.S. Army non-commissioned officer Charles Nicholas Johnson (1923-2005) was stationed in Tokyo from fall 1954 to September 1957, during which time he took hundreds of color photos. They feature streetscapes, landscapes, shops, festivals, vehicles, people, objects, artwork, cultural landmarks, and more. The slides were painstakingly cleaned, digitally scanned, and we now invite you to please help us identify them.
Can you name any of the places, objects, people, or cultural activities captured in these photos? If so, please contact Ms. Melissa Olson, the Digital Initiatives Librarian at UW-Parkside, at email@example.com. Users can email her a simple list of notes, or receive login access to the development site, where they can tag and describe multiple photos online.
Please also contact Melissa for permission to use or reproduce these images – we ask that you please credit the UW-Parkside Library and the Charles Nicholas Johnson Slide Collection.
To view the Collection, please visit: http://archives.uwp.edu/items/browse?collection=3
The Collection homepage is: http://archives.uwp.edu/collections/show/3
provide short articles with solid scholarship. Here are a few examples to lead curious readers to the searchbox for archived articles:
1. This week at A-P Journal includes, http://japanfocus.org/events/view/233
Extremists Flourish in Abe's Japan (Nov. 20, 2014 by Jeff Kingston) The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 44, No. 2
2. List of selected articles from recent years (66 tagged Japan, 32 tagged Korea, for example)
The image-driven VC explorations of protest in Japan begin in 1905 and end with the massive "Ampō" demonstrations against revision of the U.S.-Japan mutual security treaty in 1960. The four treatments that will be reproduced in The Asia-Pacific Journal beginning in this issue are as follows:
1. Social Protest in Imperial Japan: The Hibiya Riot of 1905, by Andrew Gordon. We reprint this article with this introduction. Other articles will follow in the coming months.
2. Political Protest in Interwar Japan: Posters & Handbills from the Ohara Collection (1920s~1930s), by Christopher Gerteis (in two units).
3. Protest Art in 1950s Japan: The Forgotten Reportage Painters, by Linda Hoaglund.
4. Tokyo 1960: Days of Rage & Grief: Hamaya Hiroshi's Photos of the Anti-Security-Treaty Protests, by Justin Jesty.
Urban exploration involves actively seeking out and documenting these places in photographs and videos for all to see. Enthusiasts risk personal safety and being caught by authorities to bring the rest of us some amazing sites.
Here are some highlights from Japan, home to some of the oddest abandoned locations.
List of the titles of the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection online
The University of the Ryukyus Special Collections Archives
The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library's Sakamaki/Hawley Collection
The Nanzan Institute has prepared an open-source collection of visual images related to Japanese religions, based on a donation of over 800 slides from Ian Reader, professor at Lancaster University. All images may be downloaded free of charge in two formats: one suitable for multimedia presentations and the other at high-resolution suitable for printing.
How to use: Go to http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/en/activities/photo-archive-of-japanese-religions/
Select an album from the Main Gallery. You will be brought to a page with thumbnails of all the images in that album. There are two options here:
(1) Clicking on any image will bring up a page with that image and related data, often including detailed commentary by Ian Reader.
(2) Clicking on Start Slideshow will run you through the entire set of pictures. You can click on the circled images at the bottom to select another slide.
The menu bar at the top right of the Slideshow gives you options for pausing and downloading. Clicking on the top left on the menu bar brings you back to the album's main page. The search function in the menu bar covers all the data included in the descriptions.
When using an image for printed material, we ask that you add the following acknowledgement: "From the Photo Archives of the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nagoya, Japan."
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The Great Kanto Earthquake Japan of 1923 provides access to 199 images from a historical album of still photos captured destruction by the deadliest
earthquake occurred on September 1st, 1923. The project was funded by the UHM Library and the National Research Center, East Asia Grant (NRC-EA).
Both English and Japanese versions are available.
By the way, please don't call me racist, because I am one of short, small eyes Japanese.
2013 marks the 400th anniversary of Japan-British relations. King James l sent Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hidetada presents and a letter, which were
received in September, 1613. The letter survives in Tokyo University.
Ieyasu received a telescope - the first ever sent to Asia - and Hidetada a precious cup and cover. The Shogun reciprocated with two suits of armour
(which are extant), and Ieyasu gave five pairs of gold screens (lost) and a shuuinjo, which survives in Oxford University. A vast number of events is planned for 2013, including a major show at the British Museum which will open 400 to the day after the date of the shuuinjo. We aim for '400 connections for 400 years',
[keep up with live, spoken Japanese] nice short podcasts of interviews on business and other topics: http://www.nhk.or.jp/r-asa/
Five short video segments of the land, language and look of things middle July in Fukui-ken.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthroview/7661305558/in/photostreamJuly 2012 at Kono-mura on the Fukui-ken coast of the Japan sea. This was Wednesday, but the summer weekends are flooded with people on beaches, roads and water. The two women searching the rocks (speaking something other than Japanese) appear to be poaching 'sazae' -not good for the ecosystem.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthroview/7658524106/in/photostreamValleypanorama of Japan's main island west coast, Fukui-ken (July 15). Note the land use patterns: neat rice paddy irrigation system, electrical power cables, Hino River levy, homes concentrated to maximize productive spaces.
Buddhist temple bell ringing, http://youtu.be/MVS4JFWXtzUThe 7 a.m. bell at Daihou-ji, a Jodo (Pure Land) Buddhist temple, in Echizen-city, Fukui-ken in July 2012. In Japanese: includes lesson on how to achieve maximum sound when striking the bronze bell. Since nearly all such metals were melted for the Pacific War effort, this present bell dates to post-1945. Note the deep reverberation that follows the ringing.
1 minute 38 seconds
Buddhist temple interior, Jodo sect, http://youtu.be/Vi3d60gMuUYTour of hondo (main hall, 1858) of Daihou-ji in Echizen-city, Fukui-ken in July 2012. Mostly in Japanese.
6 minutes 09 seconds
Train line to Kyoto from 25 km north, http://youtu.be/hagj3YgCfREShort train window video segments on the JR West line into Kyoto from the north, along the west shore of Lake Biwa in Shiga prefecture in middle July 2012.
2 minutes 38 seconds
young Japanese people supporting Tohoku's recovery for the purpose of presenting
a vivid image of today's young generation in Japan.
:: Set of articles at japanfocus.org
Christopher S. Thompson,
Through extensive interviews with prominent industry representatives and environmental activists, Hall carefully presents the various solutions being proposed to the vexing issue of overfishing. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival, Sushi: The
Global Catch raises some pressing questions that all sushi lovers should seek to address.
See the trailer at http://vimeo.com/23332161 or learn more at http://kinolorberedu.com/film.php?id=1244