2014/04/19

collection of 800 slides, Japanese Religions

via H-Japan announcement 19 April 2014

Photo Archive of Japanese Religions

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."

2014/04/16

visual stories

From the newly launched site for photo storytelling, http://exposure.co
Here are close-up photos from 2 festivals in the Kansai area, https://dataichi.exposure.co/matsuri
The captions are not very ethnographic, but the images are valuable.

The Atlas Obscura collection of museums, exhibits, and events includes many under the tag "japan" as well.

The user groups at flickr.com include many, many connected to Japan, such as:
Japan Hiking Photography 日本のハイキング写真 =212 members 
Japan Through the Eyes of Others =5,639 members 
Japan Images  =12,736 members 
Japan Deluxe 日本デラックス =597 members 
Japan and Germany / 日本とドイツ =144 members 
Japan Network 2007 (Post 1, Comment on 3) =58 members 
Japan 2011: Tokyo Fuji Kyoto Tokyo =1 member
Japan by tips4travels =99 members 
Japan in Postcards =252 members 
Japan, View of the Mysterious Village =22 members 
Japan Donations =222 members 
Japan Weekend =17 members 
Japan cultural assets =71 members 
Japan Eats =102 members 
JAPAN: The Balance of Old and New (MUST have Old AND New) =497 members

The interactive essays at Magnum In Motion (audio, video, text, hotlinks) include:
Tsunami Streetwalk 1, Kesennuma

... - March 11th 2011 (chris steele-perkins, earthquake, japan, Kesennuma, Magnum In Motion, magnum photography, magnum photos, ...

FLV Essay - 03/05/2012 - 12:21pm - 0 comments

Tsunami Streetwalk 2, Kamaishi

... - March 11th 2011 (chris steele-perkins, earthquake, japan, Kamaishi, Magnum In Motion, magnum photographer, magnum photos, tsunami) ...

FLV Essay - 03/05/2012 - 12:21pm - 0 comments

Children Of The Lotus

... buddhism, buddhists, cambodia, china, documentary, japan, journey, korea, laos, magnum, magnum photographer, monks, myanmar, sri ...

FLV Essay - 04/21/2011 - 9:29am - 0 comments

Tokyo Love Hello

... out. -Chris Steele-Perkins. (chris steele-perkins, HP, japan, love, tokyo, travelogue) ...

FLV Essay - 05/01/2009 - 3:01pm - 5 comments

Gangster Types And Tough Guys

... gangster types and tough guys, gangsters, george abe, go, japan, magnum photographer, magnum photos, new york city, tough guys, yakuza) ...

FLV Essay - 02/12/2010 - 4:24pm - 16 comments

2014/01/22

View the world with these 40 surprising maps‏

Visual context for worldview in 40 maps: These visual treats will prompt lots of thinking and talking. Share with others keen on understanding the world and its people.

2014/01/21

all about Soba

The morning radio show "Morning Edition" carried a nice story about making and eating soba.


[opening excerpt]

Traditional Japanese cuisine, known as washoku, is now an Intangible Cultural Heritage, according to the United Nations.
     
Tofu, mochi and miso are a few examples, but it's the buckwheat noodle, or soba, that many consider the humble jewel of Japanese cuisine. It's not easy to find in the U.S., but one Los Angeles woman is helping preserve the craft of making soba.

     In a cooking classroom off a busy street in L.A., Sonoko Sakai is teaching about the simplicity of making buckwheat noodles.

     "Basically, soba is only two things: flour and water," Sakai explains.

     A handful of students gather around the slender Sakai as she shows them how to mix the flour and water together.


=-=-=-=-= added comment

While teaching English in rural west Japan (Takefu city, merged and renamed Echizen city in 2005) I was introduced to the local pride, cold soba with grated daikon radish: Oroshi Soba. One aficionado credited the soba to Saracens in Central Asia. And since the 30-40 km radius to Takefu boasts uniquely chewy and flavorful soba tradition, they claim the True Tradition of Soba. In recent years they opened the "soba dojo" or practice hall where busloads of day trippers and area school children, elderly day-center people and others learn all about the varieties of the noodle. There is a restaurant, museum and gift counter as well, all dedicated to celebrate the humble and sincere treat. See panoramas of the display case diorama showing soba making in miniature, http://tinyurl.com/sobadojo1 and http://tinyurl.com/sobadojo2

2014/01/20

origami - show me the money

spotted at restaurant wall in Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105

2013/10/21

taiko, Chicago

promoting Japanese culture in Great Lakes area, http://mcachicago.org/performances/now/all/2014/1017

2013/08/19

central Tokyo, robotic bike parking underground [video]

 [cross post from Rushton Hurley's monthly ed tech news, Next Vista.org]

How about a bicycle park in Japan that is mostly underground to save precious surface space? 
This video is part of a Japanese culture series...  http://youtu.be/pcZSU40RBrg?t=10s

2013/06/21

tozan, yama nobori, hiking, mountain climbing

However you call it, the views are great. Pictures from Otsuji-yama in Toyama-ken, June 2013.
Summit altitude 1,361 meters.
[photo credits, T. Saito]
 
 


2013/06/07

images 1923, The Great Kanto Earthquake

new image site from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library:
http://digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu/earthquake/

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).

2013/03/26

video - Fukushima disaster +24 months

Two years on: this 5 minute youtube video includes many comments by local people (with subtitles).
Cross linking from full article, http://japanfocus.org/events/view/177


Context: Dr David McNeill is the Japan correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education and writes for The Independent and Irish Times newspapers. He covered the nuclear disaster for all three publications, has been to Fukushima ten times since 11 March 2011, and has written the book Strong in the Rain (with Lucy Birmingham) about the disasters. He is an Asia-Pacific Journal coordinator.

2013/03/07

online "Saving 10,000 lives" at YouTube

On March 6, 2013 the director, Dr. Rene Duignan, presented his 51 minute movie about the high rate of suicide in Japan to members of the news media & the National Diet. He documents the problem, the causes, the solutions, and the social consequences. Mental health professionals, researchers, teachers, friends and family members may benefit from this open discussion of a difficult topic.

http://tinyurl.com/saving10000 [full movie just uploaded], http://www.saving10000.com [website, including trailer for movie]

2013/02/15

info-graphics project 2010

Student project (about 11 minutes), "Japan: The Strange Country"
https://vimeo.com/9873910#embed [video description, below]
 
This visual medium is effective for showing statistics and simplifying complicated subjects.
WARNING: topic 7 (Love Hotels) and 8 (Suicide rates) would not be suitable for young learners.
But for older students and colleagues, friends and so on, this online project is worth browsing and discussing.
_________________________
 from the video page,
This is my final thesis project. I created info-graphic, motion piece. My objective is to make Japanese people to think about that everything happening here in Japan, isn't that normal. So I created this video from foreigner's point of view, rather than Japanese people's point of view.

     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.

2013/01/22

website, 400 years of British - Japanese relations

cross-posted from H-Japan at www.h-net.org
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', 
http://www.japan400.com

2012/12/17

rock song of USA, Japan cliches

Here is a highly polished, context-free, series of icons and stereotypes presented in the form of a music video from USA expat in Japan, A. York.


The presentation includes a playful, self-aware, ironic or parodic dimension.
But as an example of a Cultural Production, it is heavily laden with popular, commercial or commoditized meanings.

2012/12/05

practice listening to Japanese

[keep up with live, spoken Japanese] nice short podcasts of interviews on business and other topics: http://www.nhk.or.jp/r-asa/

2012/11/14

teaching the 3.11 triple disaster of N.E. Japan 2011

http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2012-2013/Teaching_3.11_syllabi.html
 [page description] ...syllabi that were presented at our workshop (which can also be downloaded as a compiled pdf document as well as syllabi that other individuals have kindly sent in. Below the list of syllabi you will also find a list of other relevant sources and links. If you would like to have your syllabi, blog, or other resource listed on this webpage please email us [diricc(at)sophia.ac.jp].

2012/08/11

scenes from Kansai (Sakai-city) and Fukui-ken

Students of Japanese may be curious to see how far their knowledge of kanji goes when it comes to Simplified Chinese in the slideshows gathered together about Chinese language (below). And they may like to see the photo sets from Japan, too:

a) Posted signboards all around the International Youth Hostel near KIX
b) Other examples of Japanese "in the wild" that I viewed around Sakai-city and also Fukui-ken

Here are the photos overall, http://bit.ly/echizen2012
Photos by theme/topic are grouped at http://www.slideshare.net/anthroview/presentations

The China photos (mostly around Urumqi, but also some from the silk road town of Turpan; also from up north: Altay prefecture)
And the photos by theme/topic are also at http://www.slideshare.net/anthroview/slideshelf

2012/07/29

Five short summer videos - Fukui-ken


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 ringinghttp://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

2012/07/28

video segments - July in Fukui prefecture

Five short video segments of the land, language and look of things middle July in Fukui-ken.

July 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.

Valley panorama 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/MVS4JFWXtzU
The 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 minutes 38 seconds

Buddhist temple interior, Jodo sect, http://youtu.be/Vi3d60gMuUY
Tour 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/hagj3YgCfRE
Short 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

2012/05/30

young people in Japan 2012

cross-posting from Japan Foundation newsletter:

LIGHT UP NIPPON: Introducing Young People's Challenge to Energize the
Devastated Areas in Tohoku Region through Fireworks

The Japan Foundation produced a documentary film that featured challenges by the
young Japanese people supporting Tohoku's recovery 
for the purpose of presenting
a vivid image of today's young 
generation in Japan.

2012/05/27

conversion from Chinese characters to several E.Asian readings

http://www.cojak.org/ gives the Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese, both onyomi and kunyumi, for nearly all characters according to today's electronic list for Korean Studies

2012/04/17

Yiddish-Japanese dictionary story

For Japanese Linguist, A Long And Lonely Schlep
by LUCY CRAFT

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/16/150723840/for-japanese-linguist-a-long-and-lonely-schlep
A smattering of Yiddish words has crept into the American vernacular: Non-Jews go for a nosh or schmooze over cocktails. Yet the language itself, once spoken by millions of Jews, is now in retreat...

2012/03/05

one year anniversary 3.11 disasters

:: Set of articles at japanfocus.org


Christopher S. Thompson,



Alyne Elizabeth Delaney,

:: Several related events:

1. STS (Science and Technology Studies) Forum on Fukushima,http://fukushimaforum.wordpress.com/conferences

2. Tohoku Tsunami debris flow animation‏, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17122155


4. more pictures: Eleven months after the tsunami and earthquake ravaged Japan,http://www.newsweekjapan.jp/stories/world/2012/02/311-2.php

5. Symposium and art exhibition about the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan.
The Fire that Doesn't Go Out, Exhibition Organizing Committee, Exhibition: March 1-30, The Fire that Doesn't Go Out will open on March 1st, 7:00 p.m., at The Baron Gallery in the East College Street Development, Oberlin. There will be a showing of Misato Yugi's video animation, Red Dot Radiation Art, with a live score by the Cleveland group, SINUU. On March 8, the Art Department will host talks by Ellen Johnson Visiting Artists, Yuichiro Nishizawa (at noon in the Baron Gallery) and elin o'Hara slavick (at 7:00 p.m. in Hallock Auditorium).
For a schedule of events and more information on the exhibit, please go to our blog at:http://unendingfire.tumblr.com,

The symposium, Fukushima: Lessons Learned?, will be held on March 9 and 10 in the Norman C. Craig Lecture Hall. The symposium will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9 with a memorial for the victims of the Tohoku disaster by Leading Edge Speaker, Akira Tashiro, the award-winning editor and reporter for the Hiroshima-based Chugoku Shimbun. This will be followed by a keynote address, Dilemmas of Nuclear Energy, delivered by Dr. Kennette Benedict (OC '69), publisher of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. After a break for dinner, the first panel, Compound Catastrophe and Nuclear Aftermath, will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Detailed information about the symposium schedule and speakers is online athttp://shansi.oberlin.edu/fukushima-lessons-learned.

2012/03/01

documentary, "Sushi - The Global Catch"

cross-posting from the e-list for East Asia Anthropology, EASIANTH

In this meticulously researched documentary, filmmaker Mark Hall traces the origins of sushi in Japan to its status today as a cuisine that has spawned a lucrative worldwide industry. This explosion in demand for sushi over the past 30 years has brought with it problems of its own, as fish stocks have steadily depleted, threatening the balance of the ocean's ecosystems.

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

cf. investigative journalism TV at 60 Minutes (12 minute segment) on the Japanese blue fin tuna market & sushi ("The King of Sushi in Trouble"):


2012/02/12

latest textbooks, Beginning & Intermediate Japanese

The full announcement by Tuttle Publishing links to related media (workbook and so forth). Here you have the two textbooks.
The tables of Goals include chapter by chapter targets for kanji, culture, grammar and so on.

Tuttle is pleased to announce the availability of Intermediate Japanese: Your Pathway to Dynamic Language Acquisition. In this second book of a 3-volume series, authors Michael Kluemper and Lisa Berkson continue to teach Japanese through an engaging storyline that emphasizes real-life situations in contemporary Japanese culture and authentic written, visual and oral materials. By the end of this second book, students will have mastered a cumulative total of 300 kanji, well on the way to AP- and IB-level proficiency.


...To download the introduction to either textbook immediately, just click here for Beginning Japanese or here for Intermediate Japanese.


database of lesson plans, culture notes, etc

University of Pittsburgh announces a Teacher Portal. Search the Teaching Materials Database to download the lesson plans and culture notes, read the study tour blogs, and view and/or download photos in the Photo Gallery.


http://noborders.ucis.pitt.edu/nctalib/ 

2012/02/09

USA HighSchool Students - JET Memorial Invitation Program

Opportunity for US students in grade 11 or 12 who now study Japanese.
[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

2011/11/08

sample news stories (English) from Asahi News - including the Fukushima disaster(s)

2011/11/03

(colonial days) pre 1945 Korea photos at Library of Congress

View this rich collection of pre-1945 Korea photos now available at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs room. The images seem to come from a Japanese photographer, judging by the hand writing on the back of the images. While the collection has been recently catalogued at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2010645655 the images have not been fully processed for routine viewing or online reference. So to seem them in person you must follow the special procedure there.
 
Those able to read the handwritten Japanese notes that appear on the back of many photos are particularly encouraged to give the meanings or reflect on the wider significance depicted.
There are three ways to engage these reference copy images:
A. Cursor rapidly through the 250 images (some duplicates; observe only; no Japanese) in this large file, http://bit.ly/loc-colonialkr-pdf  [about 14mb, hosted on google docs]
 
B. View paired pages: obverse shows 4-6 pictures, reverse shows the Japanese writing penciled on
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]
C. Bundle of all 27 paired (obverse/reverse) PDF sets in one file
http://tinyurl.com/bundle27pre1945kr
[about 14mb, hosted on sites.google.com]

2011/09/23

resources September 2011

via U.Colorado-Boulder newsletter:
 
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

2011/08/18

protest culture 2011 (movie set in the year 1963) 'Kokurikozaka kara'

cross-posting from H-JAPAN on August 17, 2011 by Peter Cave @manchester.ac.uk
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!' ...

2011/08/15

elementary school photo essay; Earthquake lessons

[via U. Colorado Teaching East Asia newsletter]

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/.

food in Japan - Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

http://tachibanacenter.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-post_14.html
 
a set of 28 minute-long videos (in English; a bit clunky but easy to understand)

2011/07/26

GIS?, The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Archive on Google Earth

Even though this subject is a sad one, it can show how the many Internet services and sources can be creatively combined here.
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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
 
http://www.photon01.co.jp/   http://labo.wtnv.jp/   http://twitter.com/hwtnv
 
1-5-4-905 Daiba,Minato-ku,Tokyo,Japan    +81-3-5531-2132 (TEL + FAX)

2011/07/18

video Japan appeal -A message from the residents of Fukushima

H-JAPAN (E) July 17, 2011

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zYjYtVrOro&feature=youtu.be  Here is a short YouTube appeal for help from a few of the residents about
 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.
 
David H. Slater, Ph.D.   Faculty of Liberal Arts   Sophia University, Tokyo

2011/06/29

Univ. British Columbia, Canada: Tokugawa Maps digitized

H-JAPAN (E) June 29, 2011
....the entire "Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era" collection has now been digitized. All works are accessible via the database at
http://digitalcollections.library.ubc.ca/tokugawa/

.....the previously digitized flat maps in the collection. Books and atlases have now been added, as well as scrolls such as the following:
 http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/zoomify/G_7962_S24_P5_1860z.htm 

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 (shirin.eshghi@ubc.ca) and the Rare Books and Special Collections librarian
Katherine Kalsbeek (katherine.kalsbeek@ubc.ca) welcome comments or queries from those with interest in the collection.

2011/06/28

about the 3.11 Tohoku Disaster - Teaching Materials

http://teach311.wordpress.com/  (announced by) Yuki Ishimatsu, C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Univ. of California at Berkeley

2011/06/27

East Asia in the Middle School (lesson plans)

Teaching East Asian in the Middle School Web site at http://www.iu.edu/~easc/outreach/educators/teams/index.shtml .
These lesson plans were originally published in 1996-98, but most of them still have relevance today.

2011/06/23

old highways of Japan - passing through Shiga prefecture

Thoughtful write-up by Phil at www.photojpn.org

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.
http://www.hiroshige.org.uk/hiroshige/kisokaido/images/Kisokaido%20map.gif
http://www.hiroshige.org.uk/hiroshige/kisokaido/kisokaido07.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sixty-Nine_Stations_of_the_Kiso_Kaido

2011/06/06

obtaining or viewing NHK documentaries

http://www.nhk.or.jp/archives/kawaguchi

2011/04/05

Disaster Details using panorama 360 photos

http://www.360cities.net/image/damage-in-rikuzen-takada-iwate-pref-17-japan?utm_campaign=clickback&utm_medium=embedded_hotspot#644.67,6.51,70.0
 
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.

2010/11/25

visual culture - Japan (via MIT)

Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan  (1853-1854)  by John W. Dower
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/black_ships_and_samurai/index.html

Black Ships &Samurai ll
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/black_ships_and_samurai_02/

Visual Narratives
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/black_ships_and_samurai_02/index.html

Yokohama Boomtown - Foreigners in Treaty-Port Japan (1859-1872) by John W. Dower
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/yokohama/index.html

Felice Beato's Japan: Places. An Album by the Pioneer Foreign Photographer in Yokohama. Essay by Allen Hockley  
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/beato_places/index.html

Felice Beato's Japan: People. An Album by the Pioneer Foreign Photographer in Yokohama. Essay by Allen Hockley
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/beato_people/index.html

Globetrotters' Japan: Places. Foreigners on te Tourist Circuit in Meiji Japan. Essay by Allen Hockley
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/gt_japan_places/index.html

Globetrotters' Japan: People. Foreigners on te Tourist Circuit in Meiji Japan. Essay by Allen Hockley
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/gt_japan_people/index.html

Throwing Off Asia l. Woodblock Prints of  Domestic &ldquo;Westernization (1868-1912) by John W. Dower
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/throwing_off_asia_01/index.html

Throwing Off Asia ll. Woodblock Prints of the Sino-Japanese War (1894-95) by John W. Dower
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/throwing_off_asia_02/index.html

Throwing Off Asia lll. Woodblock Prints of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) by John W. Dower
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/throwing_off_asia_03/index.html

Asia Rising. Japanese Postcards of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) by John W. Dower
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/asia_rising/index.html

Yellow Promise. Foreign Postcards of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) by John W. Dower
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/yellow_promise_yellow_peril/index.html

Selling Shiseido l. Cosmetics Advertising &Design in Early 20th-Century Japan. Essay by Gennifer Weisenfeld
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/shiseido_01/index.html

Selling Shiseido ll. Cosmetics Advertising &Design in Early 20th-Century Japan. Visual Narratives
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/shiseido_02/index.html

Selling Shiseido lll. Cosmetics Advertising &Design in Early 20th-Century Japan. Image Galleries
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/shiseido_03/index.html

Tokyo Modern l. Koizumi Kishio's 100 Views of the Imperial Capital (1928-1940). Essay by James T. Ulak
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/tokyo_modern_01/index.html

Tokyo Modern ll. Koizumi Kishio 100 Views. Annotations Gallery
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/tokyo_modern_02/index.html

Tokyo Modern lll. 100 Views by 8 Artists (1928-1932). Image Galleries
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/tokyo_modern_03/index.html

Ground Zero 1945. Pictures by Atomic Bomb Survivors. Essay by John W. Dower
Ground Zero 1945: A Schoolboy's Story

http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/groundzero1945/index.html

Testimony of Akihiro Takahashi. Illustrations by Goro Shikoku
http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/groundzero1945_2/index.html

2010/11/21

all about Okinawan Studies

International Institute for Okinawan Studies (IIOS) at
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."

 
includes:
* Contemporary Okinawan Studies [incl. contents of the launched in 2010
Japanese language 'International Journal of Okinawan Studies' (IJOS)
http://www.iios.u-ryukyu.ac.jp/IJOS_pub/
 
*A bi-lingual (JP,EN) site. In Nov 2010 the English language section of the site was under construction
at http://www.iios.u-ryukyu.ac.jp/en/

2010/09/10

collection of images, mainly 1930s

Postcard Collection. The collection is part of our open-access digital archive called Lafayette College East Asia Image Collections. The Lin
Collection consists of 370 Japanese postcards, mostly depicting scenes from 1930s Japan and Taiwan, but with some images of from Korea and
China. http://digital.lafayette.edu/collections/eastasia

2010/08/23

the story of 'gunkan shima' (Nagasaki-ken)

Hashima Island (also known as 'battleship island' for it's size, shape and cement sea walls): From 1905 until the coal mining ended in 1974 it was a unique community; quoting http://www.jamaipanese.com/hashima-island-documentary/

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

2010/07/16

Japanese Garden Dictionary online

Japanese Garden Dictionary, http://www.nabunken.go.jp/database/jgd/
 -- 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.