Nov 08 2012

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

Published by at 10:37 am under Events

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.

2 responses so far

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

  1. memosneon 06 Dec 2012 at 12:11 am

    Hi there!

    I was unable to make the lecture, but I’m very interested in listening to it. Has it been uploaded online anywhere?

  2. Shirinon 07 Dec 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for the question.

    According to the Asian Studies Department, no recording was made of the lecture. However, Professor Shirane’s talk was based on his new publication, which you can check out at UBC Library:

    Or purchase:


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