Dr. Samuel Yamashita Seminar a Success

Professor Samuel Yamashita, the Henry E. Sheffield Professor of History at Pomona College gave a well-attended CJS Seminar on April 5 titled “Coercion, Compliance and Resistance in Wartime Japan, 1942-1945.” Professor Yamashita’s project is interested in looking at how did ordinary Japanese respond to the outbreak of war, defeat, and the aftermath through the diaries that citizens kept. He highlighted some of the food shortages that Japan experienced during the war years, especially in major cities, that were frequently mentioned in the diaries citizens kept.

Pictured below are CJS Associate Director Dr. Gay Satsuma, CJS Director Dr. Robert Huey, Dr. Samuel Yamashita, and CJS faculty member Dr. Christine Yano.

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.