Beyond Japan Ep. #33: The First Empress Jingū – Powerful Women in Ancient Japan with Professor Chizuko Allen

Our second Shōtoku interviewee is Chizuko Allen, Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and researcher of Korea-Japan relations in ancient times, who will discuss the hidden history of the powerful women of Japan’s distant past through the First Empress of Japan, Empress Jingū.

Beyond Japan Ep. #32: Mixed Religions – Buddhism, Shinto & Honji Suijaku (本地垂迹)

Oliver is joined by Marcus Teeuwen, Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Oslo, who explains the changing faiths of Japan in the 7th century through the Buddhist concept of honji suijaku (本地垂迹), a notion which allowed Buddhist monks to explain the gods, or kami, worshipped in Japan at the time as traces of Buddhist deities.

Beyond Japan Ep. #26: Japanese Diaspora with Professor Wolfram Manzenreiter

Oliver is joined by Professor Wolfram Manzenreiter of the University of Vienna to discuss Japanese Diasporas, taking a look at the connection between these communities and their indigenous roots in Japan.

Workshop: Heritage from the margins? Shuri Castle and the Politics of Memory

On 5-6 March 2021, Kyushu University will host a workshop devoted to examining the ongoing memorial contestation over Shuri Castle in Okinawa, and its place within regional, national, and global narratives of meaning making.

Remains of the first English samurai William Adams identified?

421 years ago, an Englishman by the name of William Adams became the first to reach Japan. Initially detained by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, he became an invaluable source of innovation regarding shipbuilding and establishing English and Dutch trading factories in Hirado, Nagasaki. Recognised as one of the most influential foreigners in Japan during this period,Continue reading “Remains of the first English samurai William Adams identified?”

Beyond Japan Ep. #19: Migrant Communities of Tokyo with Dr Jamie Coates

Listen on your favourite podcast platform or stream on YouTube 明けましておめでとうございますand welcome back to Beyond Japan! This week, for our first episode of 2021, we are joined by Dr Jamie Coates, anthropologist and lecturer in East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, to look at migrant communities in Tokyo and Japan at large, exploringContinue reading “Beyond Japan Ep. #19: Migrant Communities of Tokyo with Dr Jamie Coates”

Beyond Japan Ep. #15: Esperanto & Transnational Language with Dr Ian Rapley

Listen on your favourite podcast server: This week we are joined by Dr Ian Rapley, history lecturer at Cardiff University, exploring the transnational invented language of Esperanto, its legacy in Japan and the alternative historical perspective it provides. We apologise once more for the poor audio quality caused by unresolved technical difficulties, but we canContinue reading “Beyond Japan Ep. #15: Esperanto & Transnational Language with Dr Ian Rapley”