5th Anniversary of the Tohoku Triple Disaster

RememberTohoku1The Center for Japanese Studies wishes to remember the many thousands who perished in Japan’s Triple Disaster five years ago today.  We also wish to acknowledge the many tens of thousands more who lost friends, family, jobs, homes–in short, the lives they knew–and who continue to be affected by that fateful unfolding.




Flyer_HarajukuSunday, March 13, 2016
2:00-4:00 pm
Room 101, Art Building
This event is free and open to the public. Free campus parking on Sunday.

Since the 1990s, Tokyo’s Harajuku district has garnered international attention as the mecca of street fashion and eccentric style. Over twenty years later, fashion-forward youths interested in the latest trends and subculture groups still converge there.

The panelists of “In & Out of Harajuku: Fashioning Culture and Identity” will discuss a range of issues associated with Harajuku’s subculture fashion and raise by the exhibition Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion (Honolulu Museum of Art, 11/19/15 – 4/3/16).

Kristin Remington | 808.956.8570 | museum@hawaii.edu

Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program at UHM – Department of American Studies; Center for Japanese Studies at UHM

CJS Seminar: “Asia for the Asians 2.0,” by Dr. Paula Harrell

HarrellTalkFlyerFriday, March 4
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Moore 319 (Tokioka Room)

As a follow-on to our recent panel on tensions in Northeast Asia, Paula Harrell, adjunct Professor of History at Georgetown University, will discuss signs of a continued warming trend in China-Japan relations as new regional arrangements make partnership an increasingly rational choice. Is the weight of events now favoring detente?

Please join the debate on March 4 on this critically important topic.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies.

CJS Seminar: “Voice, Silence, and Self,” by Dr. Christopher Bondy

BondyTalkFlyerTuesday, March 8
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Moore 319 (Tokioka Room)

The Burakumin. Stigmatized in Japanese history as an outcaste group, their identity is still “risky,” their social presence mostly silent, and their experience marginalized in public discourse.

Based on his recent monograph, Christopher Bondy, Associate Professor of Sociology and Coordinator for Japan Studies, International Christian University, Tokyo, will present the results of a longitudinal study exploring the experience of burakumin youth from two different communities and with different social movement organizations.

Voice, Silence, and Self (2015) by Professor Bondy is available now from Harvard University Press.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology

SPAS Macaulay Distinguished Lecture

It was CJS’s turn this year to invite the annual Florence Liu Macaulay Distinguished Lecturer and the center had the pleasure of inviting Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor of Japanese History at Australian National University. In addition to her Feburary 10 Macaulay lecture presentation in the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium entitled “Peace in the Valley: A Century of Japanese Social Alternatives and their Inter-Asia Connections,” Professor Morris-Suzuki spent an entire week in residence at UHM doing various activities on campus including discussions with CJS faculty and graduate students and participation in a panel on historical memory and reconciliation (see below).

In her lecture Dr. Morris-Suzuki masterfully examined the formation and the national and international dissemination of an alternative grassroots social activist tradition originating in the Chikuma River Valley of Nagano Prefecture that was inspired by the English poet William Blake and initially propagated by the well-known prewar Japanese literary group known as the Shirakabaha or White Birch Society. In doing so, Professor Morris-Suzuki challenged us to reconsider our understanding of activism, the “political,” and the ways in which social thought is transmitted across time and space.