“Japanese Religions, Popular Culture and the Media” by Elisabetta Porcu

As part of our ongoing seminar series, with the help of the Department of Religion, CJS is excited to host a talk by Numata Visiting Professor Dr. Elisabetta Porcu on Thursday, April 11 at 3:30.  Dr. Porcu is Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig and is the founding editor of Brill Publishing’s Journal of Religion in Japan.  She will discuss how and why Japanese religious organizations are adapting to trends such as globalization and mass consumerism by making use of the media and popular culture to attract new adherents.

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Documentary Film Showing of “Haruzo: A Life Among the Spirits”

CJS has teamed up with the Center for Hawaiian Studies to bring you a documentary film showing of Haruzo: A Life Among the Spirits.  The film, which chronicles the life of a Hokkaido-born Ainu individual named Haruzo, will play in Kama 201 on Friday, April 12th at 6pm.  We hope to see you there.

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A note about parking:
Visitor’s parking is allowed in Zone 7 (KCHS Parking Lot) after 4:00pm for $6.  The permit must be purchased from the Gate Attendant at the adjacent Zone 22 Parking Structure, however.  If Zone 7 is full, visitors can park in Zone 22.  The UH Parking Map can be accessed here (Zone 7 and 22 are in square D6).  If you already have a UH parking permit for another zone, I’m told you can park in Zone 7 or 22 for free after 4:00pm.


“A King’s Legitimacy and a Kingdom’s Exceptionality: Ryūkyū’s Bankoku Shinryō no Kane 万国津梁の鐘 of 1458” by Mark McNally

Please join us Thursday, March 21 at 3:00pm in the Tokioka Room to hear UH History Professor Mark McNally discuss the significance of the bankoku shinryō no kane 万国津梁の鐘 (“the bell of the bridge to the world”) as an early example of Ryūkyūan/Okinawan exceptionalism.  This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Okinawan Studies.

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“Education for Disaster and Recovery: The Case of Greater Sendai” by Takaaki Koganezawa

Please join us Friday March 15 at 4:30pm for a lecture by Dr. Takaaki Koganezawa,  Professor at the Education Center for Recovery Support at Miyagi University of Education in Sendai.  Dr. Koganezawa will address the importance of disaster preparedness education and the idea of building a plan for the future based on a present informed by past experience.

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