Center for Japanese Studies

Center for Japanese Studies Fall 2017 Events

December 1, 2017

Risk Communication and Post-disaster Tourism Recovery: Evidence from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster
Date: September 15 | 5-6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Hiroaki Matsuura, Shoin University
Location: Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room, 221
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), UC Berkeley Tourism Studies Working Group

A tremendous amount of radioactive products were discharged as a result of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011, which resulted in radioactive contamination of the plant and wide...

Center for Japanese Studies Spring 2018 Events

June 1, 2018

Late Medieval Publishing Culture in Japan During the 14th and 16th Centuries
February 1, 2018
Speaker: Sumiyoshi Tomohiko, Keiō University

Books printed in Japanese Zen monasteries during the medieval period are known as Gozan-ban or “Five Mountains” editions. Originally, Gozan-ban were printed for the self-education of Gozan monks who were expected to imitate the latest Chinese scholarship and act out another culture in Japan. At this time, in the 13th to 14th centuries, Chinese Zen masters visited Japan very often,...

Center for Japanese Studies Fall 2018 Events

December 1, 2018

September 5, 2018
Go Hasegawa, Architect

In his practice, Go Hasegawa always strives to explore new possibilities and relationships between different realms and build new connections. For him it is always a thrilling adventure which is only possible by engaging with a sense of openness which is an attitude he adopts towards all domains.

GO HASEGAWA is Director of Go Hasegawa and Associates. He earned a Master of Engineering degree from the Tokyo...

Center for Japanese Studies Spring 2019 Events

June 1, 2019

Dynasties and Democracy in Japan
February 1, 2019
Daniel M. Smith, Associate Professor, Harvard University

Political dynasties exist in all democracies, but have been conspicuously prevalent in Japan, where over a third of legislators and two-thirds of cabinet ministers come from families with a history in parliament. In his new book, Dynasties and Democracy: The Inherited Incumbency Advantage in Japan, Daniel M. Smith introduces a comparative theory to explain the persistence of dynastic politics in...

Center for Japanese Studies Spring 2015 Events

June 1, 2015

From Landscape Theory to Media Theory: Metamorphosis of Cinema and Revolutionary Theory in the Early 70s Japan
Speaker: Go Hirasawa, Meiji Gakuin University/NYU
Date: February 9, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Location: 180 Doe Library

Masao Matsuda (critic), Masao Adachi (director) and Takuma Nakahira (photographer) proposed "landscape theory" (Fûkeiron) as film/image and revolutionary theory during the end of 1960s and early...

Center for Japanese Studies Fall 2013 Events

December 1, 2013

Why do Marxian Social Sciences Survive in Japan?
• Hiroshi Onishi, Keio University
• Kazuyasu Miyata, Hokkaido University of Education
• Akio Kamitani, Visiting Scholar of CJS, Sapporo Gakuin University
Moderator: Andrew Barshay, UC Berkeley
Date: September 4, 2013 | 4:30 p.m.
Location: Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor)
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies

More than 20 years have passed since the collapse of Eastern European socialist systems. It was...

Center for Japanese Studies Spring 2013 Events

June 1, 2013

What is Otaku?: The Changing Meanings of Otaku in Japan
Speaker: Taishin Ikeda, Visiting Scholar, Center for Japanese Studies; Associate Professor, Konan Women's University
Date: February 1, 2013 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: IEAS Conference Room — 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies

Now, the term, otaku, is widely known all over the world, but the meanings the term indicates aren't entirely clear....