Of Interest to Undergraduates

CJS Seminar: Parental Kidnapping and the Hague Convention

ClearyTalkJoin us on Tuesday, November 17th at 3pm in the Tokioka Room for another interesting CJS Seminar with Dr. William Cleary, Law Professor and visiting scholar from Hiroshima Shudo University.

Wiki Slideshows on Japan is Back!


CJS Presents: Wiki Slideshows on Japan is coming Friday, November 6th at 5:00pm in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319).

This semester’s esteemed line-up includes: Dr. John Szostak, Associate Professor of Art History; Dr. Hanae Kramer, Assistant Professor of Communications; Dr. Donald Womack, Professor of Music; Ms. Yuka Hasegawa, PhD Student in Anthropology; Mr. Hilson Reidpath, MA Student in East Asian Languages and Literatures; and Mr. Kalau Almony, MA Student, also in EALL.

Click HERE to view the flyer.  Click HERE to view talk details.

CJS Seminar: Japanese Mythology in Film

On Friday, October 2, 2015, Dr. Yoshiko Okuyama, Associate Professor of Japanese Studies and Linguistics at UH Hilo, brought attention to not uncommon but commonly overlooked instances of Japanese mythology and folkore hidden in modern Japanese anime and animated films.  The large audience appreciated the opportunity to learn to see Japanese culture and tradition at work in such a popular and widely consumed medium.

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In Memoriam: Emeritus Japanese Studies Professor James Brandon

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a beloved colleague.


James R. Brandon, 1927-2015

James Rodger Brandon, beloved husband, trailblazing scholar, inspiring director, mentor, teacher, translator, actor, and friend, passed away in Honolulu on Sept. 19, 2015, leaving a remarkable legacy in the world of Asian theatre studies, a discipline he pioneered and fertilized with numerous scholars and artists he so graciously and carefully nurtured over half a century.  Born and raised in the small town of Mazomanie, Wisconsin, he joined the State Department Foreign Service after receiving his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1955, and spent six years in Java and Japan.  He returned to the U.S. in 1961 and began teaching Asian theatre in the Department of Speech and Comparative Literature at Michigan State University, where he directed his first two Kabuki plays in English, Kanjincho and The Zen Substitute.  He joined the University of Hawai‘i Department of Drama and Theatre as a full professor in 1968, and remained with U.H. until his retirement in 2000. During his 32 years with what became the Department of Theatre and Dance, he firmly established its unique Asian Theatre Program, co-founded the Asian Theatre Journal, served as Department Chair from 1985 to 1988, and brought international recognition to the department through his scholarship and large-scale English language Kabuki productions.

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