Many thanks to "Metropolis" magazine - Japan's main English-language magazine - for featuring the Tokyo Humanities project in their September 2017 issue!
The article features Laurence Williams - on behalf of the Tokyo Humanities team - talking about how the project got started, what it aims to do, and why the humanities are important...
(Click image below for pdf version)
Check out the full September issue of Metropolis - online now.
We went to the launch party in Aoyama last night for Volume 4 of the Tokyo Poetry Journal: a special issue on "Heisei Generations", showcasing poets who have debuted during the current Heisei era (1989 to the present).
Now in its second year, ToPoJo is a biannual journal, published in English, which aims to bridge the English-speaking and Japanese poetry communities. The night was fully bilingual (or trilingual including Tian Yuan's Chinese poems!) and hosted by the volume's guest editor, Jordan Smith (Josai University).
ToPoJo volume 4 is out now! Featured poets include Saihate Tahi, Hachikai Mimi, Minamikawa Yuko, Kuwahara Takiya, Misumi Mizuki, Kanie Naha, Tian Yuan, Nagae Yuki, Akegata Misei, Jeffrey Angles, Andrew Campana, Hirokawa Chiaki, Nakauchi Komoru, Oshima Takeo, Ishiwata Kimi, Fuzuki Yumi, Tanaka Atsusuke, Noguchi Ayako, Suzuno Umine, Ōsaki Sayaka, Tanaka Yosuke, Matsuoka Miya, Satō Ayaka, Kōno Satoko, Yamada Ryota, Yada Kazuhiro, ni_ka, and Michiyama Rain.
See Tokyo Poetry Journal website for more details.
Professor Keith Hanley, who is currently researching in Japan, will give a lecture on Laurence Binyon on 1st July at the University of Tokyo.
"Laurence Binyon: Romantic Modernist and the Invention of Japan"
Laurence Binyon arose from the context of late-Victorian aesthetics which were rooted in Ruskin and William Morris, and he took that context forward into relationship with oriental, and particularly Japanese, art, creating a distinctive influence within British modernism up to the early years of World War 2. In order to respond to the oriental cultures and spiritualities which he found profoundly attractive he looked back to what he recognised as deep correspondences with Romantic English painting and poetry, and out of the interrelated comparativism he produced a body of criticism which first authoritatively introduced Japanese art to the English eye and mind, together with a substantial body of poetry. He was a scholarly expert and, with several well-known exceptions, his poems remained on the margin of modernist recognition, but his work in both kinds amounted to a sustained argument about international modernity—a voice for Romantic anti-capitalism and a critique of militaristic nationalism which may even be thought to offer implications for both Europe and Japan today.
English / free / open to all (no registration required)
The poet Peter Robinson will speak at Rikkyo University in July (with Professor Miki Iwata) about the art of translation: amongst many other topics, the talk will cover the recent translation of Peter's poems into Japanese for the Isobar Press book Approach to Distance: Selected Poems from Japan. The talk will be mainly in English (with some translations into Japanese) and is free and open to all.
The Reception of Chinese Gardens in 18th Century England and Germany
July 5th, 5.30 pm, The University of Tokyo,
Hongo Campus, Sanjo Conference Hall
"My talk argues that Chinese structures in German and English gardens, including the prominent Chinese pagoda in Munich’s English Garden or the one in the Royal Gardens at Kew near London, are symbols of European monarchism in the Age of Enlightenment. Drawing the visual materials the Jesuits brought back from the Qing court in Beijing to Europe, William Chambers, the royal architect to George III, integrates the Chinese and the Gothic styles of architecture to evoke a sense of awe and sublimity. The German garden theorist Christian Cay Lorenz Hirschfeld and the writer and philosopher Friedrich Schiller, however, are highly critical of this “Chinese" style and its rising popularity in German princes’ gardens. I interpret their critique as their disdain for monarchism and their support for political liberalism."
Speaker: Dr Chunjie Zhang (Assistant Professor, UC Davis)
Dr Zhang's research focuses on representations of non-European cultures in German discourse, representations of China in the European Enlightenment, and Chinese-German comparative cultural relationships in the nineteenth and the twentieth century.
She is the author of Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, May 2017).
Event organized by Professor Stefan Keppler-Tasaki (Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights from the humanities calendar in Tokyo this week: Professor Paul Anderer (Columbia University) will be giving two talks on Akira Kurosawa and "Rashomon", based on his new book, "Kurosawa’s Rashomon: A Vanished City, a Lost Brother, and the Voice Inside His Iconic Films. Saturday 10th also sees the first of a three-part "Novelists and Newspapers" lecture series, with talks at the University of Tokyo on Australian inter-war magazines and Dr Doolittle.
Other topics: Michelin-starred restaurants, Adam Smith, world literature. D'Annunzio, the U.S. South, hip-hop, and two free film screenings... See below for a complete list.
6/5 - 「イスラーム圏における簿記史料の通時的・共時的研究」2017年度第2回研究会 (Research presentation on journal records of the Islamic world), Toyo Bunko, 5pm
**6/5 - Crystyl Mo, "Chefs, Trends, and Tastes at the World’s Best Restaurants and Beyond", Sophia University ICC, 6pm
**6/5 - Brian Locke, "Racial Triangulation: Japan and the Cultural Politics of Hollywood's White and Black Buddy Film", UTokyo IASA, 4pm
**6/5 - Jana K. Lipman (Tulane U.), "Guam to Palawan: Opposing Narratives of Vietnamese Repatriation, 1975 and 1995", UTokyo Centre for Pacific and American Studies, 6.30pm
6/5 - Jeannie N. Shinozuka, "Plants, Pathogens, and Empire: Race Across the Pacific in the Early 20th Century", Sophia University Institute of American and Canadian Studies, 5pm
**6/6 - Film screening: Tito’s Glasses (Titos Brille) (with English subtitles), Sophia University, 6pm
**6/6 - Paul Anderer, "Kurosawa's Rashomon", Waseda, 4.30pm
6/6 - 「メソポタミアの混乱― アリ監督に聞く「戦争と生きる力」―」ショートフィルム上映会＆講演会, Gakushuin University, 4.30pm
6/7 - Masahiro Yamada (Claremont Graduate University), "Troubles with Constitutivism in Epistemology (and Ethics)", presentation at Tokyo Forum for Analytical Philosophy, UTokyo, 5pm
**6/7 - Nan Elizabeth Woodruff (Pennsylvania), "Living With The Everyday Legacies of Violence: Race, History, Memory, and Trauma in the U.S. South", Meiji Gakuin, 6pm
**6.7 - Catherine Denys (Lille), "The Port Louis Police Office in the Ile de France (Mauritius) 1767-89: Parisian model and colonial adaptations", TUFS, 12.40pm
6/8 - Nicholas Phillipson (Edinburgh), "Adam Smith in Context; A Historian's Reflections", UTokyo Hongo Campus, 3pm
6/8 - Screening of Iranian film (I'm Taraneh) and Q&A with director, TUFS, 7pm
**6/8 - Mengxiao Wang, "Journey of a Buddhist Play: The Reception History of Guiyuan jing on the Page and the Stage, 1650~1949", UTokyo IASA, 5pm
**6/8 - James McNally, Across the Atlantic: A cultural history of hip-hop's early years in London, TUFS, 5.45pm
**6/8 - Andrea Revelant, Ca’ Foscari University, "Revolution and Empire: the Northern Expedition in the Japanese Press, 1926-28"
6/9 - "The 'DNA' of Literature: World Literature and Modern Japanese Literature" (文学の‛DNA’―世界文学と日本近代文学), National Institute of Japanese Literature
6/9 - Paul Anderer, "The Brothers Kurosawa", Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture, 5pm
6/10 - "Sacred Sight, Sacred Sound" Lecture Conference (曼荼羅をきく・アヴェ・マリアをみる), International Christian University, 2pm
6/10 - 早稲田大学東洋哲学会 第34回大会 (Waseda University Asian Philosophy 34th Conference)
*6/10 - Bernard Shaw Society of Japan conference, including paper by Nicholas R. Williams ("A Theatrical Web of Obscure Events and Equally Obscure Characterizations: An Interpretation of Too True to Be Good (1932)"), Jumonji University Sugamo Satellite campus, 1.30pm
6/10 -村松真理子, Who was D'Annunzio? (ダンヌンツィオとは誰だったのか?), UTalk Cafe Event, University of Tokyo Fukutake Hall
**6/10 - David and Anna Sapir Abulafia double presentation, "How to Write the History of the Sea" and "The Contested Seed of Abraham", UTokyo Hongo Campus, 1.10pm
**6/10 - David Carter (Queensland), "Literary Celebrity in Newspapers and Magazines: Australia between the Wars", and Peter Robinson (JWU), "Capricious Captioning and Narrative Instability: Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle Newspaper Illustrations", University of Tokyo, 2pm
6/11 - Meiji Gakuin concert series (明治学院コンサート・シリーズ 第91回 ≪ブラームスのハ短調≫), Meiji Gakuin, 3pm
6/11 - "Life as dynamism-in search of a methodological connection between affect, thinking, and art", ILCAA Joint Research Project seminar, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 1pm
6/6 - 9/24 - Arcimboldo Exhibition, National Museum of Western Art
6/9 - 7/6 - Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2017, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
6/10 - 8/8 - World Press Photo 17, Tokyo Photographic Museum
Too many to list! See our list of ongoing exhibitions and drama.
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