“The Only Woman in the Room” – Beate Sirota Gordon and the Making of Japan’s Postwar Constitution

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2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Throughout the year, the Japanese Studies Radio Hour will share special recordings from the CJS archives, starting with this special address by Beate Sirota Gordon, given on the occasion of CJS’s 50th anniversary in 1997.

Complement this recording with Sirota Gordon’s The Only Woman in the Room: A Memoir of Japan, Human Rights, and the Arts.

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Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Hazuki Kikuchi Talk “Happy Hour”

 

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CJS chats with Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Hazuki Kikuchi about their award-winning film Happy Hour. A special thank you to Rich Phillipson and Nicole Howeson for their dubbing work on this episode!

See below for the film’s trailer. Also, be sure to check out reviews of Happy Hour in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Slant Magazine.

“Staged Seduction: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club” – Akiko Takeyama & Allison Alexy

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Brad and Prof. Allison Alexy (University of Michigan) sit down with Prof. Akiko Takeyama (University of Kansas) to talk about her new book Staged Seduction: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club. Stay tuned after the ending theme for a podcast extra!

Prof. Akiko Takeyama
   Prof. Allison Alexy

Sustaining and Diversifying Japanese Studies – Dyron Dabney, Patricia Maclachlan, and Leonard Schoppa

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A discussion at the 2016 Association for Asian Studies conference with Prof. Dyron Dabney (Albion College), Prof. Patricia Maclachlan (University of Texas, Austin), and Prof. Leonard Schoppa (University of Virginia) about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the field of Japanese Studies. Thanks to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission for organizing the panel that inspired this podcast!

Professor Dyron Dabney Political Science Albion College
Prof Dyron Dabney
Political Science
Albion College
Prof Patricia Maclachlan Asian Studies University of Texas at Austin
Prof Patricia Maclachlan
Asian Studies
University of Texas at Austin
Prof Leonard Schoppa Social Sciences University of Virginia
Prof Leonard Schoppa
Social Sciences
University of Virginia

 

Yamakiya Taiko – Interview with Genki Endo, Keisuke Suzuki, Erik Santos, Toko Shiiki

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Fukushima’s Yamakiya Taiko Ensemble is one of Japan’s leading taiko performance groups, having played such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. The leaders of Yamakiya Taiko (Genki Endo and Keisuke Suzuki) sat down with JSRH ahead of two Ann Arbor performances organized by local filmmaker Toko Shiiki and Prof. Erik Santos (U-M SMTD). We discuss the history of their troupe, their connection to Michigan, and what taiko drumming signifies for them as they negotiate the difficulties of life in Fukushima after the nuclear disaster.

Reflecting on the 3/11 Disasters – Mieko Yoshihama & Satsuki Takahashi

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Mieko Yoshihama Professor of Social Work School of Social Work
Mieko Yoshihama
Professor of Social Work
School of Social Work
Satsuki Takahashi Assistant Professor, Anthropology UM-CJS Toyota Visiting Professor
Satsuki Takahashi
Toyota Visiting Professor
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
George Mason University

This episode features a discussion with Prof. Mieko Yoshihama (University of Michigan School of Social Work) and Prof. Satsuki Takahashi (U-M CJS Toyota Visiting Professor / George Mason University Dept of Sociology and Anthropology)about their on-going research projects in northeastern Japan, which was devastated by a massive earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster five years ago this month.

The photos described in the interview can be viewed below:

These photos are taken from the book PhotoVoice Japan.  To check out the this book from the U-M library, please see this link: mirlyn.lib.umich.edu/Record/013660947

Japan Twang! 300 Years of Tsugaru-jamisen

Interview with Sato Michiyoshi and Joshua Solomon:

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Shamisen performance by Sato Michiyoshi, feat. Joshua Solomon:

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Enjoy an entertaining and educational concert with shamisen virtuoso Sato Michiyoshi on his first US tour! Sato is an award-winning performer of Tsugaru-jamisen, a dynamic style of music played with a three-stringed Japanese banjo called a shamisen. The style has been adapted for contemporary audiences, and Sato himself glides between traditional, jazz, rock, and neo-folk modes, performing solo, with his father, and with his genre-crossing Kotobuki BAND. In this one-hour performance, Sato will focus on demonstrating the range and flexibility of the instrument. The event begins with introductory remarks by Joshua Solomon, a PhD candidate in the University of Chicago’s East Asian Languages and Civilizations program.

Sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments. Co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies with support from a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the United States Department of Education.

Abe’s New Security Laws – David Leheny and Kenneth McElwain

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David Leheny University of Michigan -Toyota Visiting Professor Princeton University
David Leheny
University of Michigan -Toyota Visiting Professor
Princeton University
Kenneth McElwain Associate Professor Institute of Social Science University of Tokyo
Kenneth McElwain
Associate Professor
Institute of Social Science
University of Tokyo

This is the first episode of the Japanese Studies Radio Hour (JSRH), featuring a discussion between Prof. David Leheny (Princeton University) and Prof. Kenneth McElwain (University of Tokyo) about the controversial security laws passed under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which authorize Japan’s military to take part in overseas combat missions for the first time since 1945.