[S2E6] 🪖 Remembering Kamikaze: Affect & War Memory with Dr Rumi Sakamoto

This week we are joined by Dr Rumi Sakamoto, Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Auckland, to discuss remembering the kamikaze and the role of affect in war memory.

[S2E5] 🙇‍♂️ Ritualising Scandal with Dr Igor Prusa

This week we are joined by Dr Igor Prusa, lecturer in Media Studies at the Metropolitan University Prague, who will discuss “Ritualising Scandal”. Igor takes us through the surprisingly structured social phenomenon of scandal in Japan, the necessity for tears in a televised confession, and how those who confess can actually come out better for it.

Beyond Japan Ep. #42: Japan in the British Media with Dr Christopher Hayes

This week Oliver is joined by Dr Christopher Hayes, Research Associate at the Sainsbury Institute, to discuss his insights on British travel shows that see TV personalities travel the archipelago and reduce it to binary tropes such as “traditional Japan” and “ultra-futuristic Japan”, or “traditional Japan” and “weird Japan”.

Beyond Japan Ep. #30: Big Data in Prehistory with Dr Enrico Crema

Oliver is joined by Dr Enrico Crema of the University of Cambridge to discuss how big data is revolutionising our understandings of prehistoric societies, laying out shifts in demographics and cultural exchange that occurred with early migration from the Korean peninsula to the Japanese mainland.

Beyond Japan Ep. #29: Disaster Heritage with Dr Andrew Littlejohn

Oliver is joined by Dr Andrew Littlejohn of Leiden University to discuss disaster heritage around the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Together they explore how disaster heritage fosters debate around the relationship between humans and their environments, as well as its potential to disrupt authorised heritage discourse.

Beyond Japan Ep. #28: Nihonjinron – the Future of “Japanese-ness” with Prof David Rear

Oliver is joined by Professor David Rear of Chuō University to discuss the once-dominant discourse of nihonjinron, or “Japanese-ness”, which has shaped many aspects of Japanese society over the last century through its ideas of Japanese uniqueness and group-consciousness.