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Big in Japan

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On May 26, 2022
Back in 2020, I was selected to be a visiting scholar in Japan as part of the Organization of American Historians-Japanese Association of American Studies collaboration. They select two American scholars each year to go and give a bunch of talks to various groups at universities and conferences. Interestingly, among OAH membership, third by nationality […]

Capsule Tower

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On April 10, 2022

This building is amazing and an object lesson in how not maintaining our modernist masterpieces are going to lead them to all fall apart very soon. Tokyo鈥檚 Nakagin Capsule Tower, designed by 20th-ce

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Nothing to See Here!

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On April 1, 2021
Everything’s fine! We’ve got this climate thing under control! Amid an exceptionally warm March in Japan, the cherry blossoms in Kyoto peaked Friday, the earliest in more than 1,200 years of records. The record bloom fits into a long-term pattern toward earlier spring flowering, a compelling indicator of climate change, experts say. The March 26, […]
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Today is the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. So tonight’s film club is what exists on YouTube of the powerful, angry, and wonderful 1952 Hideo Sekigawa film Hiroshima. Paul’s post from earlier reminds me that I have talked about this before, but never embedded any of it. This is the 8 minute scene of […]

Samurai

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On November 5, 2017

OK. U.S. President Donald Trump has said Japan should have shot down the North Korean missiles that flew over the country before landing in the Pacific Ocean earlier this year, diplomatic sources have

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