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Symposium on Japanese Engagements with Chinese Writing

Dear Colleagues,

With apologies for cross-posting, we would like to let readers know
about a symposium entitled "Loose Canons: Value and Valuation in
Japanese Engagements with Chinese Writing" that will be held this
Saturday, April 25, at the University of Southern California.

This symposium seeks to investigate questions related to canon
inheritance, canon formation, and canon disintegration: how do habits
of quotation and other episodes of appropriation suggest evaluative

New Book: Folk Legends from Tono: Japan’s Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures (Tono monogatari shui 遠野物語拾遺)

I would like to bring to your attention the first-time translation of Part II (a 1935 supplement) to the well-known 1910 Japanese book Tono monogatari (Tales of Tono) by Yanagita Kunio.

Ronald A. Morse


702-806-2863 (Las Vegas, NV)


NEW BOOK TITLE: Folk Legends from Tono: Japan’s Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures (In Japanese: Tono monogatari shui 遠野物語拾遺)


Announcement: Volume 15 Issue 1 published on ejcjs (electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies)

For your information, the latest issue of ejcjs (electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies) is online. Apologies for cross-posting.

ejcjs volume 15 issue 1 (19 April 2015)

Peer-reviewed articles

CALL FOR PAPERS - Crossing Borders: Governing Environmental Disasters in a Global Urban Age in Asia

Organized by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, in collaboration with Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University (UNU-EHS), and Urban Knowledge Network Asia, International Institute of Asian Studies (UKNA-IIAS). Sponsored by Singapore Ministry of Education grant on 'Governing Compound Disasters in Urbanizing Asia' [MOE2014-T2-1-017].