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Here will appear posts that link to online items connected to the history of premodern Japan. Click the blue title to see the full post.

  • Kabuki traditions in present-day Japan 21 April, 2020
    Thanks to Michaela who shared this article with me! The training to become a Kabuki actor starts at an early age. This school is struggling to keep the tradition going, as more and more people leave the village. One of the major trends in Japan’s recent history is population ageing, and it affects society in many ...
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  • Horses in Early Japan: New Archaeological Find! 23 January, 2020
    Our textbook mentions on p. 16 the appearance of horse haniwa, and the possibility that horses were only in the fifth century introduced to Japan. Four years ago, a horse skeleton was been found in a fifth-century tomb, and it is now on diplay in the local museum at Kumamoto (on Kyushu Island), it was announced ...
  • Major Genji exhibition in New York at the Metropolitan Museum 8 April, 2019
    The Metropolitan Museum in New York just opened a new exhibition on the Tale of Genji throughout the ages. It’s even making headlines in Japan, see this article from the Japan Times. More info on the exhibition from Met’s own website can be found here: The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated The exhibition runs ...
  • Age of Mappō (First Draft, Ryan O’Hara) 19 March, 2019
    Age of Mappō Mappō, in the scheme of Japanese Buddhism, has come to be known as the age of degeneration of the Buddha’s law. The Varley text comes to define it simply as the latter days of the Buddhist law. Dealing with this phenomenon was of concern during the Kamakura Period (1192-1333) and challenge existing ...
  • Wakō/Wokou (“Japanese” pirates) 14 March, 2019
    An interesting blog post about the Wakō, free-traders (and occasional raiders). The Chinese authorities, in particular the Ming government, tried at various times to deal with these forces. The post includes a translation of a Chinese official Standard History account. More information about the Princeton scroll mentioned in that post can be found in a ...
  • Jōmon sites may become World Heritage Sites 20 December, 2018
    The Jōmon period is still important to the Japanese identity, and the government proposed last July some sites should be designated World Heritage Sites. Read more about it in this Japan Times article.