Is There Anything to Do in Mie? 三重県でやることなんてあるの?

Yes, of course there is. Who wouldn’t want to see the scenery in that photo? In this post, I’ve collected together a bunch of links to English information (some official, some not) about a few of the things…

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Maps of Ise City 伊勢市の地図

After living in Ise City 伊勢市 for a while, I’ve come across several maps that contain useful information. The quality is a bit uneven, but when you put them together, you get a good sense of the city…

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Miyako Resorts: Shima Kanko Hotel 志摩観光ホテル

Back in October I was asked to do an interview about Ise Jingū for the winter edition of a resort hotel’s publication called Shima jikan 志摩時間. I am a historian in the Communication Department コミュニケーション学科 at Kōgakkan University

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Shinto and Japanese Traditions in English (Online Resources) 「神道」と「日本の伝統文化」に関する英語の資料(オンライン)

There are several reasons why I’ve got Shinto on my mind, in some form or another, every day. I do research on religion and warfare in 16th century Japan. I am a faculty member at Kōgakkan University, which…

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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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