Upcoming CJS seminar: An Iconology of the Orchid Pavilion Gathering

The legendary gathering at the Orchid Pavilion in China took place in 353 CE, when Wang Xizhi invited forty-one scholars to participate in the annual Spring Purification Festival. During the Tokugawa period (1615-1868), the “Orchid Pavilion” became one of the most important and popular painting themes in Japan. Considering the political and ideological circumstances of Tokugawa society, this presentation will analyze how distinct artistic iconographies of the era incorporate the Orchid Pavilion as a painting theme.

This talk will be presented by Dr. Kazuko Kameda-Madar, Lecturer of Art History at Hawai’i Pacific University.  It will take place Monday, April 30 in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) from 3:00-4:15 pm. 

Pecha-Kucha: Spring 2012

The presenters of the night (from left to right): Mr. Kei Imafuku, Dr. Yuma Totani, Ms. Tokiko Bazzell, Mr. Stevie Suan, Dr. Gay Satsuma, Mr. James Scanlon-Canegata (not pictured)

On Friday, April 20, CJS hosted our popular Pecha-Kucha event. With over 30 people in attendance, it proved to be a successful night. For those unfamiliar, Pecha-Kucha is a presentation format where a speaker presents their chosen topic in 20 slides which move every 20 seconds. This semester’s participants include three CJS faculty and three CJS graduate students: Ms. Tokiko Bazzell (Japan Studies Librarian); Dr. Yuma Totani (Associate Professor of History); Dr. Gay Satsuma (Associate Director of CJS); Mr. Stevie Suan (MA student, Asian Studies); Mr. Kei Imafuku (MA student, Asian Studies); and Mr. James Scanlon-Canegata (MA Student, EALL).

For the flyer for the event, please click this link.

UHM Students and Faculty at Waseda University

UH made a strong showing at recent symposium “Remembering 40 Years Since Reversion”: Okinawan Studies Until Now; Okinawan Studies from Now on,” held at Waseda University from March 29th through the 31st.  Fourteen UH students, faculty, and alumni gave presentations on a wide range of topics, joining colleagues from other universities throughout the world in one of the largest Okinawan Studies conferences in recent years.  The most noticeable feature of the symposium, funded by the Japan Foundatiion, was the large proportion of young scholars presenting their research.  There were also several presentations on the Okinawan diaspora in South America, a topic that rarely gets the attention it deserves.  Most of the UHM students and faculty received funding from one or more of the following sources: the Center for Japanese Studies, the Japan Studies Endowment, the Center for Okinawan Studies, the Okinawan Studies WUB Endowment, the Matsuro and Tsuruko Nakasone Endowment, the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, the University Research Council, and the UH Graduate Student Organization.  We are grateful for this broad institutional support for Okinawan Studies.

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SPAS Graduate Student Conference

Photo of the participants at this year's SPAS Graduate Student Conference with Dean Edward Shultz (Dean of SPAS) and Dr. Robert Huey (Director of CJS)

From April 11-13, UH Manoa’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies hosted “Asia/Pacific Junctures: Challenging Notions of Interdisciplinarity and Regionalism.” Representing universities from North America, Australia, Asia, and the Pacific, graduate students from all over the world gathered to address issues relating to area studies.

The key note speaker this year was Dr. Caroline Hau, Associate Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University.   For information regarding this year’s conference, please see this link.

CJS Director Bob Huey visits Kyoto


CJS Director Bob Huey visited Kyoto in late March to thank Urasenke for their strong support during his years as director. While there, he was invited to participate in the annual memorial ceremony for Sen no Rikyū, known as the Rikyūki. (In the picture, Grand Master Sen Sōshitsu XVI waits to prepare tea, while Hōunsai Daisōshō – Dr. Sen – prays to the image of Sen no Rikyū in the tokonoma.)