Ise Jingū and Plastic Erasers

I came across this eraser in the store today. It’s called a Jingu Miyamasugi (神宮御山杉) Plastic Eraser. On the front, it says that it uses wood from a sacred tree (shinboku 神木) that is over 300 years old…

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Basic Resources for Studying Diplomatics | 古文書を勉強するリソース)

Reading komonjo 古文書 (commonly glossed as “old records,” “old documents,” or “diplomatics”) is tough, but eventually, documents like the one shown in the image become legible. I don’t know of any easy way to do it except to…

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Recommended Reading 推薦図書 | Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us

Next month, Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us will be released by Octopus Books. According to the publisher: PRIMATE CHANGE is a wide-ranging, polemical look at how and why the human body has changed…

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Dictionaries and Related Books 辞典と関連の本

Below are some dictionaries I think Japanese language learners might find useful, though they are only a tiny fraction of all the materials available out there––kanji dictionaries alone could probably fill several library bookcases. Think of these as…

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The Ise-Japan Study Program 「伊勢」と日本スタディプログラム 2017

We are now entering the final week of the “Ise-Japan Study Program” 「伊勢」と日本スタディプログラム, a fully funded stay of about three weeks in Ise City 伊勢市 complete with lectures and field trips given by Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 faculty members…

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The Ise-Japan Study Program 「伊勢」と日本スタディプログラム 2016

This is the third year of the “Ise-Japan Program” 「伊勢」と日本スタディプログラム, a fully funded stay in Ise with lectures and field trips designed for graduate students (MA and PhD) and post-graduate researchers. The program is sponsored by Kōgakkan University…

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The Ise-Japan Study Program 「伊勢」と日本スタディプログラム 2015

The “Ise-Japan Program” 「伊勢」と日本スタディプログラム is a fully funded stay in Ise with lectures and field trips designed for graduate students (MA and PhD) and post-graduate researchers. It is sponsored by Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 and Ise City 伊勢市 and…

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Jōyō Kanji List 常用漢字一覧表

This is a list of the 1,945 Joyo Kanji (常用漢字), otherwise known as the “daily use” or “general use” characters. These were designated by Japan’s Ministry of Education in 1981 as the standard characters to be used in…

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Standard Kanji List (Condensed) 基本漢字表(縮約版)

The 6,355 kanji below, 1,945 of which are classified as Jōyō Kanji (常用漢字), are all of the kanji most of us will ever encounter in Japanese. They compose the standard kanji character set from the JIS X 0208,…

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Standard Kanji List 基本漢字表

The 6,355 kanji below, 1,945 of which are classified as Jōyō Kanji (常用漢字), are all the kanji most of us will ever encounter in Japanese. The list contains the standard kanji character set from the JIS X 0208,…

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