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',
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
[forwarded from EASC at Indiana University]
JET Memorial Invitation Program (JET MIP) for High School Students
The JET MIP program provides 32 high school students with the opportunity to go to Japan for two weeks as a group to meet Japanese students, experience Japanese culture, and study the language. It was created in 2011 in memory of the two beloved American teachers of English who lost their lives in the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011: Taylor Anderson(Ishinomaki, Miyagi) and Montgomery Dickson (Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate). The program is open to 11th and 12th graders who are currently learning Japanese, and it seeks to honor the principles which Taylor and Monty valued during their lives. For more information, please visit http://www.jflalc.org/jle-12-jet-mip.html.
http://pre1945korea.blogspot.com (blog platform allows viewers to write identifying information)
Each entry gives the option to download the 2 page PDF set for easy printout, too.
[hosted on blogger.com]
[about 14mb, hosted on sites.google.com]
Blogger in Japan. National Geographic's Digital Nomad touched down in Japan. Andrew Evans, the National Geographic Traveler's Contributing Editor and blogger who covers every corner of the world, landed in Japan for his three-week travel through the country. To follow his travel blogs, tweets, and videos, visit http://japantravelinfo.com/andrew/index.html.
"Japan" – includes a Google Earth tour
Subject: The Supposedly Docile Japanese Public and 'Kokurikozaka kara'
As a coda to this interesting discussion on 'the supposedly docile Japanese public', last Saturday I went to see the latest Studio Ghibli film, 'Kokurikozaka kara'. An NHK Special programme about the making of this film a week or two ago described it as a story about first love. It is that, but it's a lot more. It's a fascinating tale about high school students at a private Yokohama high school in 1963, who engage in lively debates and engage in constructive opposition to plans to demolish a historical building where they hold their bungei-bu activities. The film portrays their behaviour in an entirely favourable way. I have no idea whether it bears any resemblance to the reality of high school students in the early 1960s, or whether it's more Miyazaki Hayao's ideal of what they should have been (or a mixture of the two) - this is the time between Anpo and the Gakusei Funso of the late 60s, of course, so perhaps 1963 allows Miyazaki to subtly associate the story with that period and yet not directly link it to its most controversial episodes. For me, the film had a strong resonance with the current protests and debate over nuclear power, the implicit messages being, 'Think for yourself!' 'Don't just accept what the authorities do!' and 'Take action!' ...
The Japan Forum. Yuta and Minami is a new webpage from the Japan Forum. It includes 43 annotated photos of the home life of two Japanese elementary students, Yuta and Minami Tanaka. Through these photos, students can see and learn about contemporary Japanese children's daily lives including meals, school life, and hobbies. For more information, visit www.tjf.or.jp/shogakusei/yutaandminami/index_en.html.
Great East Japan Earthquake Link. Launched by The Japan Forum, this link features teacher resources for Japanese language as well as social studies teachers. In many Japanese classes at elementary, junior high, and senior high schools around the world, students are currently undertaking fundraising and other activities to help victims of the quake and tsunami. In this blog, The Japan Forum shares messages and ideas received from teachers participating in such projects with their students. To view, click http://ameblo.jp/tjf2011/.
a set of 28 minute-long videos (in English; a bit clunky but easy to understand)
From: hidenori watanave <hwtnv ATsd.tmu.ac.jp>
The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Archive on Google Earth
"Hiroshima Archive" that is a digital archive about the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb. http://hiroshima.mapping.jp/
"Hiroshima Archive" is a pluralistic digital archive using the digital
virtual globe "Google Earth" to display on it in a multilayered way
all the materials gained from such sources as the Hiroshima Peace
Memorial Museum, the Hiroshima Jogakuin Gaines Association, and the
Hachioji Hibakusha (A-bomb Survivors) Association. Beyond time and
space, the user can get a panoramic view over Hiroshima to browse
survivors' accounts, photos, maps, and other materials as of 1945,
together with aerial photos, 3D topographical data, and building
models as of 2010. The archive aims to promote multifaceted and
comprehensive understanding of the reality of atomic bombing.
- You can also view a capture movie on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-q00isamvs
- A description in English / Japanese, http://hiroshima.mapping.jp/concept.html
- Interface in English, http://hiroshima.mapping.jp/ge_en.html (About 50 victim's stories are translated）
See also our other archives.
- The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Archive, http://e.nagasaki.mapping.jp/
- The Japan Earthquake Archive, http://e.nagasaki.mapping.jp/p/japan-earthquake.html
Best regards, Hidenori Watanave
Supervisor of Photon,Inc. and Associate professor, Graduate School of System Design, Tokyo Metropolitan University
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the safety of their children, with English subtitles. They are not panicking or sentimental, but they are afraid. (Also, see the related videos on the same page.)
Through the summer heat, while some pundits debate the relative severity of the disaster and the politicos are still trying to make a plan, the residents of Fukushima are living with the threat of radiation that they do not understand any better than the rest of us. And like a whole line of other residents, from Mayor Sakurai of Minami-Souma in the weeks after 3.11 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a78lgT6qavY), they are frustrated at the lack of governmental support.
....the entire "Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era" collection has now been digitized. All works are accessible via the database at
.....the previously digitized flat maps in the collection. Books and atlases have now been added, as well as scrolls such as the following:
A recent article on the collection and the digitization efforts can also be
found in UBC Reports: http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2011/06/02/library-digitizes-rare-japanese-maps/
The Asian Library's Japanese language librarian Shirin Eshghi (email@example.com) and the Rare Books and Special Collections librarian
Katherine Kalsbeek (firstname.lastname@example.org) welcome comments or queries from those with interest in the collection.
These lesson plans were originally published in 1996-98, but most of them still have relevance today.
The Tokaido and Nakasendo Roads were the two main roads in Japan during the samurai/Tokugawa period up to 1868. They connected Tokyo (Edo) where the shogun lived and Kyoto where the Emperor lived. Both roads went through Shiga before reaching neighboring Kyoto.
Here's a good map of the coastal Tokaido Road between Tokyo (Edo) and Kyoto. Each lodging town was numbered. Ishibe in Konan was No. 52. So 52 on this map is Ishibe: http://www.hiroshige.org.uk/hiroshige/tokaido_hoeido/images/tokaido_map.GIF Lodging towns No. 50 (Tsuchiyama) to 54 (Otsu) are all in Shiga.
Here's an excellent Web site showing Hiroshige prints of the Tokaido Road: http://www.hiroshige.org.uk/hiroshige/tokaido_editions/tokaido_editions.htm
You can see that Ishibe in Konan was the 52nd lodging town on the Tokaido Road. And you can see various print editions of each town by Hiroshige. The most well-known edition is called Hoeido. Lodging towns No. 50 (Tsuchiyama) to 54 (Otsu) are all in Shiga.
More info about the Tokaido: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/53_Stations_of_the_Tokaido
The other major road that connected Tokyo with Kyoto in the old days was called the Nakasendo Road which went through the interior instead of the Pacific coast: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/69_Stations_of_the_Nakasendo
The Nakasendo (also called Kisokaido) also passed through Shiga on the way to Kyoto. The Tokaido and Nakasendo Roads intersected at Kusatsu and Otsu. There are woodblock prints for all the Nakasendo lodging towns as well.
This website 360cities.net has many interesting images, including this one from the daily blog, www.boingboing.net
You can rotate to see all the destruction and follow arrow-links to additional panorama spots inside the image.
Black Ships &Samurai ll
Yokohama Boomtown - Foreigners in Treaty-Port Japan (1859-1872) by John W. Dower
Felice Beato's Japan: Places. An Album by the Pioneer Foreign Photographer in Yokohama. Essay by Allen Hockley
Felice Beato's Japan: People. An Album by the Pioneer Foreign Photographer in Yokohama. Essay by Allen Hockley
Globetrotters' Japan: Places. Foreigners on te Tourist Circuit in Meiji Japan. Essay by Allen Hockley
Globetrotters' Japan: People. Foreigners on te Tourist Circuit in Meiji Japan. Essay by Allen Hockley
Throwing Off Asia l. Woodblock Prints of Domestic “Westernization (1868-1912) by John W. Dower
Throwing Off Asia ll. Woodblock Prints of the Sino-Japanese War (1894-95) by John W. Dower
Throwing Off Asia lll. Woodblock Prints of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) by John W. Dower
Asia Rising. Japanese Postcards of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) by John W. Dower
Yellow Promise. Foreign Postcards of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) by John W. Dower
Selling Shiseido l. Cosmetics Advertising &Design in Early 20th-Century Japan. Essay by Gennifer Weisenfeld
Selling Shiseido ll. Cosmetics Advertising &Design in Early 20th-Century Japan. Visual Narratives
Selling Shiseido lll. Cosmetics Advertising &Design in Early 20th-Century Japan. Image Galleries
Tokyo Modern l. Koizumi Kishio's 100 Views of the Imperial Capital (1928-1940). Essay by James T. Ulak
Tokyo Modern ll. Koizumi Kishio 100 Views. Annotations Gallery
Tokyo Modern lll. 100 Views by 8 Artists (1928-1932). Image Galleries
Ground Zero 1945. Pictures by Atomic Bomb Survivors. Essay by John W. Dower
Ground Zero 1945: A Schoolboy's Story
Testimony of Akihiro Takahashi. Illustrations by Goro Shikoku
University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara, Okinawa, Japan.
"A hub research institution in the Asia-Pacific region beyond boundaries: Looking at the global from Okinawa's local perspectives.
IIOS is an interdisciplinary institution that integrated research centers at UR, aiming to develop multifaceted and international research projects on Okinawa and related areas."
* Contemporary Okinawan Studies [incl. contents of the launched in 2010
Japanese language 'International Journal of Okinawan Studies' (IJOS)
*A bi-lingual (JP,EN) site. In Nov 2010 the English language section of the site was under construction
Collection consists of 370 Japanese postcards, mostly depicting scenes from 1930s Japan and Taiwan, but with some images of from Korea and
Except for the former resident who guides the movie crew, most of the 15 minute documentary is narrated in perhaps Swedish (subtitles in English).
In 1916 the largest concrete structures in all of Japan were built on Hashima Island to help protect it's inhabitants from typhoons and at it's peak in 1959 the population was over 5000 or 1,391 people per 10,000 square metres the highest population density ever recorded in the world. Please take the time to have a look at an awesome documentary video I have embedded below that tells the history of Gunkanjima from someone who grew up there as a child.
[vimeo URL, http://vimeo.com/2044441]
A trip to this island would make an amazing out of the box location to visit if/when I eventually make it to Japan, I wonder if I'd survive the trip by boast to get there though. Would you want to visit Battleship Island?
Official Website (Japanese); Hashima Island on Wikipedia
-- A Glossary for Japanese Gardens and Their History
...This online dictionary is based on the Bilingual [Japanese &
English] Dictionary of Japanese Garden Terms, published in 2001 ...
This online compilation, maintained by the Department of
Cultural Heritage of the Nara National Research Institute for
Cultural Properties, is intended to make the English language content
of the original dictionary more widely accessible.
Site contents, A to Z:
* English index (Over 600 entries organised alphabetically,
from abbot's quarters, aggregate lantern, aka well, Akisato Rito,
Amanohashidate, Amida hall, angler fish basin, arbor, arched bridge,
arched stone bridge, arching stone, armor pattern screen fence, and
artificial hill, [...]
through [...], milepost lantern, millstone, miniature landscape, mirror
stone, mist-shaped island, monkey pine, moon shadow stone, moss, moss
garden, mountain base stone, mountain island, mountain path stone,
mountain slope stone, and mountain-and-water landscape, [...] to
[...], waterfowl stone, waterside lantern, wave-receiving stone,
wayside stone, weathered beauty western style garden, who goes there?
lantern, wild wave stone, wing stone, wisteria yard, wooden bridge,
wooden conduit, wooden gate, wooden steps, worshiping stone, Yang
stone, yarai fence, yarimizu stream, Yin stone, Yin-Yang stones, yoko
ochi (cascade), Yosuien garden, Zen'ami, and zigzag bridge);
* Japanese index.
follow-up response on the H-Japan list, www.h-net.org for 13 July 2010
From my own experience as an author: I believe with the 1930 case, one would determine that permission is not needed since the organization is gone. (But if an artist is credited or the likeness of an individual appears in the illustration that would be a different matter.) For example, magazines I have worked with have said that it would be OK to republish advertisements from companies that are now out of business, and that their own (the magazine's) permission is not needed since it is over 50 years since publication, though I try to get it anyway if they can be contacted. I would guess that legally you need permission for the 1990s item, but perhaps there are fair use practices for such government documents? Of course, I am not a lawyer, but these are just my personal experiences with these sorts of materials.
about 10 minutes each (YouTube limit on ordinary accounts):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTIFjCIAllc [troupe based in Mie, but traveling their annual circuit of blessing]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GikgN-nSus [lots of commentary in the ?Mie-ken dialect; juggling at 6'45"]
Women and Family in Contemporary Japan, by Cambridge University Press.
Japanese women have often been singled out for their strong commitment to the role of housewife and mother. But they are now postponing marriage and bearing fewer children, and Japan has become one of the least fertile and fastest aging countries in the world. Why are so many Japanese women opting out of family life?
To answer this question, the author draws on in-depth interviews and extensive survey data to examine Japanese mothers'
perspectives and experiences of marriage, parenting, and family life. The goal is to understand how, as introspective, self-aware individuals, these women interpret and respond to the barriers and opportunities afforded within the structural and ideological contexts of contemporary Japan.
The findings suggest a need for changes in the structure of the workplace and the education system to provide women with the opportunity to find a fulfilling balance of work and family life.
...for people who would like to learn Japanese and aren't conveniently located by an institution or
a friend that will teach it to them, this might be just the information they were looking for:
*UAB NihongoCast,* http://www.uab.
101 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a joint production of the UAB Departments of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Communication Studies, and Theatre, taught by Tim Cook of Georgia Public Broadcasting'
JPARC is an online resource center for research on and the study of the performing arts of Japan. The site includes sections for the analysis of certain topics, multimedia articles, and reference materials such as glossaries, bibliographies, browsing indexes, and timelines. Modules are collections of Web pages devoted to a specific topic such as important theatrical figures or readings and productions of a single piece.For a tour see the video Welcome to JPARC!
The Ainu Komonjo (18th & 19th century records) -- Ohnuki Collection can be freely viewed at:
Chocolate-giving is a ritual among everyone in Japan from schoolchildren to senior citizens. But the country has developed its own way of celebrating the erstwhile day of romance, and the custom is still evolving.
[www.npr.org on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010]
The following organizations provide digital images of Japan with clear instructions for the use:
- Image Archives
- National Diet Library
- Union catalog of the collections of the national art museums, Japan
- Artize.net Provides digital images of collections from Kyoto National Museum, Nara National Museum, and cultural heritage institutions.
- Historical Agro-Environment Browsing System Includes nearly 900 map sheets of rapid survey maps, covering the Kanto Region surrounding Tokyo. Provides detailed land use information in the areas during 1880s.
- P&P online catalog - fine prints: Japanese, pre-1915 (Library of Congress)
- The art of Asia (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- British Museum . Objects from Japan can be located through "Collection database search".
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- Takahashi Seiichiro Ukiyo-e Collection, Digital Gallery of Rare Books & Special Collections (Digital Gallery of Keio University Library)
- The Floating World of Ukiyo-e, Shadows, dreams, and substance (Library of Congress)
- Historical Agro-Environment Browsing System (National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences) Covers most of the Kanto region. Provides detailed information on the land use of Japan in the 1880s.
- Japanese Historical Maps (East Asian Library, University of California , Berkley)
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