Dr. Samuel Yamashita CJS Seminar, Monday April 5, 2010

Dr. Samuel Yamashita, the Henry E. Sheffield Professor of History at Pomona College will give the next CJS seminar on April 5 titled “Coercion, Compliance and Resistance in Wartime Japan, 1942-1945.” Professor Yamashita uses wartime diaries and the correspondence of ordinary Japanese to chart everyday resistance to government policy and directives during World War II. The image below, provided by Dr. Yamashita, shows several Japanese children playing on an artillery cannon while their mother’s watch and lead them in cheers of “banzai!”

Japanese politicians visit UHM

Representatives from Japan’s major political parties visited the UHM campus and East West Center on Tuesday, March 2nd. It was the final leg of the group’s tour to several American cities including Washington D.C. and Annapolis, MD. The representatives visited UHM as part of a training program for young Japanese leaders to get a better sense of the structure and inter-workings of an American university. Pictured below are CJS director Dr. Robert Huey, UHM graduate students specializing in Japanese studies, and the visiting representatives from Japan in front of the Jakuan Tea House.

Awa Odori at UHM

Awa Odori dancers from Tokushima will perform on March 15, 2010 at the Student Center’s Campus Grand Ballroom. There will be a presentation on Tokushima and Awa Odori by a JET returnee (in English/Japanese), a talk in Japanese by the dance team leader, and a dance demonstration. The Japanese Consulate is also hosting a luncheon following the demonstration where the dancers can interact with participants in Japanese (registration will be required for luncheon). The event is co-sponsored by The Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi, the Association of Naruto AWA-ODORI promotion, and the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu.

Harimaya Bridge

The Center for Japanese Studies, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, and the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu are pleased to announce a screening of the film Harimaya Bridge (2009) on February 7, 2010 from 2:00-6:00 pm in Business Administration A-101. Harimaya Bridge tells the story of Daniel, an African-American man who must journey to Japan and collect his late son’s belongings. Set in Kochi, Shikoku, the film explores issues of discrimination, as well as conflict between past and present, fathers and sons, insiders and outsiders, Japanese and Americans. The film stars Ben Guillory, Saki Takaoka, Misa Shimizu, and Danny Glover and is directed by Aaron Woolfolk. Refreshments will be served after the screening and then followed by a panel discussion with Mr. Woolfolk and Dr. Christine Yano, professor of anthropology at UHM.

More information on the film is available from the official websites at http://www.harimaya-bridge.jp/ or http://www.theharimayabridge.com/. Additionally, an interview with the director is available from this link that gives some insight into the filming process.

Poets and Printmakers at Honolulu Academy of Arts

EALL and CJS faculty member Professor Joel Cohn has worked with the students in his Edo Literature graduate course this past fall to curate an exhibit of Japanese woodblock prints at the Honolulu Academy of Arts (HAA), showing from January 28 – March 28, 2010. Information is available on the HAA website, accessible from this link. The exhibition, titled Poets and Printmakers: Literary Themes in Japanese Prints, explores the relationship between print and poetry and is already receiving praise for its creativity and depth of research. Shawn Eichman, Curator of Asian Art at HAA noted that Dr. Cohn’s students have “provided us with invaluable research on some of the prints, which will benefit the Academy for years to come.”

Please feel free to contact the Center for Japanese Studies for more information on visiting HAA and the current exhibition.