Parental Well-being in Japan: A New Look at Gendered Families by Dr. Barbara Holthus

CJS, with help from the UH Department of Sociology and Center on the Family,  is pleased to announce the next installment of our Fall Seminar Series.  Dr. Barbara Holthus, Deputy Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies, will address the sexual division of labor in Japan and its correlation to the satisfaction of the parents.  She will examine parental well-being in detail and draw comparisons between Japan and Germany.  Please join us.  Link to flyer.

Dr. Yoichiro Sato on the Senkakus

On September 21, 2012, Professor Yoichiro Sato spoke on the topic “The Senkakus, Okinotori, and The South China Sea – The Linkage among China’s Maritime Disputes and Japan’s Responses.”  The UH audience filled St. John auditorium to capacity.  Professor Sato explained the location and details of many of Japan’s outlying islands and outlined the competing interests of neighboring states regarding those locations.  He showed how maritime border disputes were fueled by legal ambiguity regarding overlapping exclusive economic zones.  Japan’s position toward the South and East China Seas was carefully framed in terms of policy as well as her interest in natural resources and open access to shipping lanes.  Post-lecture, the question and answer session continued on the lanai over Japanese and Chinese refreshments.

Rakugo Brings Laughter to UH

Dr. Kimie Oshima brought Rakugo stories to amuse a large audience in Orvis Auditorium on Friday, September 14, 2012. UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple and Acting Consul General Kazunari Tanaka gave opening remarks. Professor of Theatre Julie Iezzi introduced the performer. Through comic tales about animals and people, Dr. Oshima taught the conventions of Japanese sit-down comedy and some of Japanese culture. She made a strong case for the universality of humor as well. Post-performance, Dr. Oshima met the UH community on the lanai outside Orvis Auditorium. Link to event flyer.

Master Calligrapher Impresses with Shodo Demonstration

Kunii Takezaki performing for the JCC. Upper right: Takezaki displaying a sample of her work.

8th level (Hachi Dan) calligraphy master Kunii Takezaki, from Okinawa, gave a spirited Shodo performance for the Japanese Culture Club on Friday, September 14, 2012. After the performance, attendees lined up to have their names transposed into beautiful calligraphy by the gracious Takezaki.

“Procession” artworks leave UH Library for exhibit in Japan

Works of art depicting emissaries from the Ryūkyū Kingdom left the UH Library on September 7 for exhibit at the National Museum of Japanese History in Chiba Prefecture.   The exhibit in Japan, titled “Early Modern Japan through Parades: Samurai, Aliens, Festivals,” runs from October 26 through December 9, 2012.  When the works return to UH, an exhibit and symposium will give Hawai‘i audiences a firsthand look.

Rekihaku staff, UH library staff, UH Japan Studies & Okinawan Studies faculty send off the scroll and painting:
Back row left to right, Mary McDonald, Kosuke Harayama, Hiroshi Kurushima, John Szostak.
Middle row left to right, Deborah Dunn, Tokiko Bazzell, Kaori Akiyama, Hiroko Szostak.
Front row left to right, Joyce Chinen, Allen Riedy, Mark McNally, Gay Satsuma.

The works in these special boxes are a handscroll depicting the 1671 Ryūkyū Embassy entering Edo Castle, and 26 woodblock prints of various of the Ryūkyū Embassies’ processions.  (The restored 1671 scroll can be viewed here–click on the third image down from the top, titled Ryukyu Shisha Kin Oji Shusshi no Gyoretsu).  The treasures were hand-carried to Japan by Professor Hiroshi Kurushima and Professor Kosuke Harayama from the Museum, and Ms. Kaori Akiyama, former UH Mānoa student and doctoral fellow at the Museum.  The UH Mānoa Sakamaki/Hawley Collection sends these works to join other rare materials from Japan and America revealing Edo Period parades.

The team in this photo will welcome the artworks home in February with three events:
1. “Picturing the Ryūkyūs” exhibit in UH Mānoa Art Department Commons Gallery, February 7-15, 2013.
2. Public lectures by Rekihaku scholars and Okinawa experts, Sunday Feb. 10, 1-4:30, Center for Korean Studies
3. Symposium: Interpreting Parades and Processions of Edo Japan, Monday, Feb. 11, 9-4:30, Center for Korean Studies