The US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Exchange maintains a list of interships and exchange programs for people interested in studying or working in Japan. Click here for more information. Warning: studying abroad can be a life-changing experieince!
Thanks for the great presentations today. Below are the links to Jace's video of a modern samurai slicling a baseball - absolutely incredible! - and Hugh's video on the process for printing a woodblock print:
Someone sign this man up for MLB! Samurai and Baseball
This video is 4 minutes and 28 seconds with sub-titles Japanese Woodblock Print Process
Looking for something to do on Spring Break? Maybe you'd like to watch the full anime with the raigo scene that I showed in class. Here's the link to The Tale of the Princess Kaguya also known as the fairy tale, The Bamboo Princess and the Woodcutter.
And there's another anime with a raigo scene, staring racoons! POMPOKO
Not Just Makeup: Body Adornment Throughout History is a special program at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Sunday March 13 at 2 PM. The lecture will be in the Fath Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Dr. Margo DeMello is the author of The Encyclopedia of Body Adornment and she'll discuss body modifications such at tattooing, piercing and scarification that have been used to adorn bodies as well as mark social and personal identity. Click here here to see the very cool poster:
Have you thought about studying in Japan this summer? Here's your opportunity and it's partically paid for by UC and Chiba University. Click here for a flyer with more information. If I can answer any questions, please let me know.
Music and Zen Buddhism
Responsive Virtuosity: Buddhist Reflections on Musicianship and the Improvised Life by Dr. Peter Hershock, University of Hawai'i and East-West Center
Music is mentioned frequently in premodern Buddhist texts as a part of social life, typically in association with ceremonial gatherings and often as a means of expressing gratitude. These texts are silent about the nature of the music played, but they do offer clues for imagining a Buddhist philosophy of musicianship and the improvised life. This talk will make use of an early Buddhist story about a master musician, the Buddhist teaching of interdependence, and the personal ideal of bodhisattva or "enlightening being" to reflect on the meaning of being creatively present-as musicians, but also as intrinsically relational persons-in-community.
Location: CCM Baur Room
Time: 3/15, Tuesday, 9:30-10:50am
The Study Guide and PowerPoint review for Test #1 are now live on the web site. Scroll down to Test Reviews and click on Test Review #1.
Posted 2/11/16 CHANGE! April 9, 2016
For those who are interested, here is information about the Introduction to Japanese Culture course:
AIST 2082 is both a Foundation course and a General Education Breadth of Knowledge course.
It meets General Education Requirements for Diversity and Culture and Humanities and Literature.
I willl teach it SPRING Semester 2017
It is tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 - 3:20 PM.