Talk on “The Realm of Japanese Woodblock Prints – Jan. 27

On a Path of Pursuit to Understand:  Bando Mitsugoro III (1775-1831) in the Realm of Japanese Woodblock Prints


The first talk from the 2017 CJS Seminar Series is a lecture from Dr. Helen Nagata, Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University

Who was Bandō Mitsugorō III? A simple question such as this can drive an investigation that is gloriously complicated.  As a case study for the theme of cognition, this project offers insight on sleuthing practices, mysteries of interpretation, and quagmires of deduction inherent to the research of subjects depicted in actor prints.  Insofar as the matter of cognition is as much physical observation as psychological perception and interpretation, this lecture will strive to invite a consciousness of how both are at work in woodblock print compositions. It will also prompt audience feedback on how actor prints as a phenomenon communicate ideas about the stars or feed the star’s fandom.

Event Details
Friday January 27
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Moore Hall 319
(Tokioka Room)

Informational Flyer Available for download here.

Asian Theatre Student Awarded Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship

Congratulations Jennifer!

Congratulations to Jennifer Yoo on her recent selection as this year’s recipient of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship. The award will allow Jennifer, a Ph.D. candidate in Asian Theatre, the opportunity to travel to Japan to conduct research. We asked Jennifer what she plans on doing with the award and here is what she had to say:

While on the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship in Japan, I will further my research in the portrayal and perception of women/female characters in select forms of Japanese media, namely theatre, cinema, and related literary works. Specifically, I intend to examine the portrayal of the female ghost, specifically the onryō, or “vengeful ghost” character type, which is prevalent both in the traditional Japanese theatre forms of Noh and Kabuki, as well as in contemporary Japanese horror films. In so doing, I hope to further establish a continuing relationship of influence between the portrayal of women in Japanese theatre and cinema and views of women in Japanese society. I am particularly interested in exploring whether or not there has been a shift in the portrayal of women between traditional times (as seen in theatre forms Noh and Kabuki) and contemporary times (as seen in Japanese films) that reflects a change in attitudes towards women in society in Japan. 

Three UHM Students Receive Nippon Foundation Fellowships

We are excited to share that this academic year three UH Manoa students were awarded a Nippon Foundation Fellowship to study at the Inter-University Center in Yokohama. The Fellowship is a gracious award that provides students the opportunity to study Japanese language at the esteemed center. The three students, Sean Forte, Francesca Pizzaro and Kalau Almony, are all in the East Asian Languages and Literature department and can be seen in the photo below along with other NFF recipients.


Three UHM graduate students on Nippon Foundation Fellowships studying at the Inter-University Center in Yokohama, Japan, AY 2016-2017. James Kalau Almony (M.A., Japanese literature), Francesca Pizzaro (Ph.D., Japanese literature) and Sean Forté (Ph.D., Japanese linguistics). Photo by Natsuko Tominaga



EPIC Internship Promotional Video

We are excited to share a video featuring our 2016 EPIC Interns – Yu Sasaki and Jake Yasumori. The video will be of particular interest to any students who may interested in applying for next year’s internship as Yu and Jake share details of their job duties and the things they liked about spending the summer in Japan.


Also, many thanks to the UHM School of Communications’ Media Lab, Ms. Sherrie White, Director of the Media Lab, and her team of students who created this video.


Just a reminder that applications are being accepted now until February 3rd.

More information and applications can be found here.