Nov 08 2012

Japanese Art Lecture: Captured Buddha

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Professor Gregory Levine from the Department of History of Art at University of California, Berkeley will be presenting the following lecture:

Captured Buddha: Kawabata Ryūshi’s “Rakuyō Captured Buddha: Kawabata Ryūshi’s “Rakuyō Kōryaku”
November 19 (Monday)
Lasserre 105, 12-2 p.m.

This lecture considers Kawabata Ryūshi’s (1885-1966) monumental painting, The Capture of Luoyang (Rakuyō kōryaku; 1944), part of the important and controversial corpus of Japanese War Painting (Sensō kiryokuga ), noting its formal features, relationship to Japanese colonial control of and scholarship on Chinese Buddhist sites, and brief but significant exhibition in 1945.

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Nov 08 2012

Shirane Lecture: “Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons”

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Haruo Shirane, Shinchō Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at Columbia University, will be coming to UBC to deliver the inaugural John Howes Lecture in Japanese Studies.

Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts

November 22 (Thursday)
6:30pm Registration; 7:00 pm Lecture
Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall

Elegant representations of nature and the four seasons populate a wide range of Japanese genres and media—from poetry and screen paintings to tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and annual observances. Dr. Haruo Shirane will show how, when, and why this practice developed and explicate the richly encoded social, religious, and literary meanings of this imagery.

Please join us for a lecture and reception honouring Professor Emeritus John Howes. Dr. Howes is an intellectual historian and leading authority on Japan’s Christian and pacifist thinkers, who dedicated three decades to mentoring students and expanding Japanese Studies in the Department of Asian Studies at UBC.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Sep 19 2012

Kameyama Lecture

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Kameyama Lecture Series on Buddhist Studies and the Centre for Japanese Research UBC are hosting the following lecture:

Fruits, Fossils, Footprints: Body Relics in the Children’s Stories of Miyazawa Kenji

September 20 (Thursday), 17:30-19h
Asian Centre, Rm. 604

Figures drawn from the modern scientific imaginary fill the children’s stories of the early twentieth-century writer, poet, soil scientist and amateur geologist Miyazawa Kenji: his dreamworld is full of electric lights, railroad tracks, and dinosaur bones. But Kenji was also a devout Buddhist and deeply influenced by the Lotus Sutra. This talk examines how images of enlightened bodies erupting from the earth taken from the Lotus inform Kenji’s use of the symbols of fruit, fossil, and footprint, and how he deploys these symbols to suggest that a radiant, candy-coloured utopia might be concealed inside the rugged landscape of northeastern Japan.

Melissa Anne-Marie Curley is assistant professor of Japanese religions at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on modern Japanese Buddhism, particularly the interaction of sectarian Pure Land thought and Kyoto School philosophy.


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Sep 17 2012

Japanese Films this Saturday

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The Consulate General of Japan is sponsoring screenings of the following Japanese films to be shown at the Pacific Cinematheque this Saturday, September 22.

Villon’s Wife ヴィヨンの妻 桜桃とタンポポ

Feel the Wind 風が強く吹いている

See poster (pdf).

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Sep 17 2012

CJR Talk – Democracy’s Poster Girls

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The Centre for Japanese Research presents Democracy’s Poster Girls: Beauty Queens and Fashion Models in Postwar Japan, a talk by Dr. Jan Bardsley (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

Friday October 19
12:00-2:00 pm
(with sushi lunch reception)
C.K. Choi Building for The institute of Asian Research

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American-style beauty contests—complete with young women in tiaras, sashes, and swimsuits— became big business in Japan in the 1950s, and were even hailed as displays of women’s rights in the new postwar. Jan Bardsley will focus on one piece of this story: the rise and fall of Itō Kinuko, who captured the Miss Japan crown in 1953, thrilled her country by taking third place in the Miss Universe contest, and became the nation’s first top fashion model. As she later fell prey to charges of greed, inflated ego, and too much independence, Kinuko’s victories not only became a cautionary tale about the allure and dangers of Americanization in Japan, but also intertwined with U.S. efforts to forge alliances with Japan in the early Cold War.

Jan Bardsley is Associate Professor of Japanese Humanities and Chair of the Department of Asian Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of The Bluestockings of Japan: New Women Fiction and Essays from Seitō, 1911-1916 (University of Michigan, Center for Japanese Studies, 2007), which was awarded the 2011 Hiratsuka Raichō Prize by Japan Women’s University. With Laura Miller, she has co-edited two books, Bad Girls of Japan (Palgrave, 2005) andManners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan (University of California Press, 2011). She is co-producer/director with Joanne Hershfield of the documentary, Women in Japan: Memories of the Past, Dreams for the Future (2002), Bardsley has received several teaching awards at UNC-Chapel Hill including the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Sitterson Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars.

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Mar 28 2012

A Degree of Justice: Japanese Canadian UBC Students of 1942

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A Degree of Justice Still
The film A Degree of Justice: Japanese Canadian UBC Students of 1942, which was shown during last week’s symposium, is available to view online. Please see the Japanese-Canadian Student Tribute site for more details on the commemorative events.

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Mar 28 2012

Addressing Injustice Webcast

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The webcast of the symposium “Addressing Injustice: UBC’s Response to the Internment of Japanese Canadian Students – Then and Now”, which took place on March 21, 2012 is now available online.

The symposium looked at the removal of 76 Japanese Canadian students attending UBC in 1942.

More information is available through the UBC Equity Office website.

Click here to go directly to the webcast.

Click here for the program poster.

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Mar 28 2012

New Japanese Titles – Spring 2012

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大災害の経済学 Daisaigai no keizaigaku
ヒロシマ・ナガサキからフクシマへ Hiroshima Nagasaki kara Fukushima e
福島原発の闇 Fukushima Genpatsu no yami

絵筆のナショナリズム Efude no nashonarizumu
特別展日本美術にみる橋ものがたり Tokubetsuten Nihon bijutsu ni miru hashi monogatari
日本美術作品レファレンス事典 (個人美術全集 絵画篇 日本画 明治-昭和中期) Nihon bijutsu sakuhin refarensu jiten

Current Fiction
東京ピーターパン Tōkyō Pītā Pan
僕は、そして僕たちはどう生きるか Boku wa soshite bokutachi wa dō ikiru ka

History & Political Science
江戸時代来日外国人人名辞典 Edo jidai rainichi gaikokujin jinmei jiten
外邦図 : 帝国日本のアジア地図 Gaihōzu : Teikoku Nihon no Ajia chizu
植民地朝鮮 : その現実と解放への道 Shokuminchi Chōsen : sono genjitsu to kaihō e no michi
東アジアのナショナリズムと近代 Higashi Ajia no nashonarizumu to kindai
明治大正人物事典 Meiji Taishō jinbutsu jiten

中世文学と隣接諸学 Chūsei bungaku to rinsetsu shogaku
平安文学の論 Heian bungaku no ron
平家物語、史と説話 Heike monogatari shi to setsuwa

Manga & Popular Culture
ドラゴンボールのマンガ学 Doragon bōru no mangagaku
「反戦」と「好戦」のポピュラー・カルチャー “Hansen” to “kōsen” no popyurā karuchā

Social Science
失業と救済の近代史 Shitsugyō to kyūsai no kindaishi
人口激減 : 移民は日本に必要である Jinkō gekigen : imin wa Nihon ni hitsuyō de aru
多文化社会日本の課題 Tabunka shakai Nihon no kadai
日本の外国人留学生・労働者と雇用問題 Nihon no gaikokujin ryūgakusei rōdōsha to koyō mondai

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Mar 05 2012

BC Japan Earthquake Relief Fund Concert

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The BC Japan Earthquake Relief fund is offering a special concert on March 11, the anniversary of the Japan disasters. For details check the BC JERF website.

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Feb 20 2012

Retell | Rethink | Recover Exhibition & Conference

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UBC Library will be hosting an exhibition and one-day conference to commemorate the March 11 disasters in Japan. See below and the event page for more details.

Exhibition | February 20 – April 30, 2012
Rare Books and Special Collections, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
retelling the history of the areas affected by the disasters

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Foyer
rethinking social media & the use of nuclear power

Asian Library
recovery in Japan and its ties to Canada

3.11 Portrait Project | February 20 – April 30, 2012
Ike’s Café, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
featuring picture portraits of survivors
sponsored by The Japan Foundation & Shiseido

Conference | Saturday, March 10, 2012
10am – 4pm
Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
students, faculty, alumni & community members
share their experiences & insight
co-sponsored by UBC Asian Studies Department
e-mail to register: retell-rethink-recover[at]

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