Enlightenment for Plants and Trees: Sōmoku jōbutsu in Medieval Japanese Short Stories

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Time: 12:30-1:30 PM Venue: Asian Centre, Room 604 (1871 West Mall) By: Haley Blum   Part of the CJR Lunchtime Lecture Series Abstract: In medieval Japan, popular arts often took advantage of a blending of religious ideology and entertainment in order to educate, attract audiences, and solicit donations. Enter otogizōshi—a genre of short stories […]

A Family Maintaining Its Elevation: Household, Status, and Documentation in Early Modern Shugendō

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Time: 12:30-1:30 PM Venue: Asian Centre, Room 604 (1871 West Mall) By: Dr. Frank Clements Part of the CJR Lunchtime Lecture Series Abstract: Shugendō is a Japanese religious tradition centered around mountain asceticism that incorporates elements of esoteric Buddhism, Daoist immortality beliefs, and the worship of local deities. Its practitioners, called yamabushi or shugenja, […]

Conciliation and Disruption in Memorial Spaces in the Philippines

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 Time: 4:00-6:00 PM Venue: Room 604, Asian Centre (1871 West Mall) By: Professor Karl Ian Cheng Chua, Ateneo de Manila University Part of the 2018 One Asia Forum Tak Series by the Department of Asian Studies. Abstract: On December 2017, a statue to commemorate comfort women was dedicated in Manila which created a minor […]

The Social and Political Lives of Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Date: Thursday, November 22, 2018 Time: 6:30 PM Lecture; 7:30 PM Reception Venue: Asian Centre Auditorium (1871 West Mall) By: Dr. Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney Free and open to the public. Register online at About the Presenter: Dr. Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney is the William F. Vilas Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin. Following from her recent book, Kamikaze, […]

3,000 Leagues in Search of Cuore: Edmondo de Amicis Travels to Japan

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Time: 12:30-1:30 PM Venue: Asian Centre, Room 604 (1871 West Mall) By: Dr. Melek Ortabasi, Director, World Literature Program, Simon Fraser University Part of the CJR Lunchtime Lecture Series Abstract: Cuore (Heart, 1886), by popular travelogue author Edmondo de Amicis (1846-1908), was the first bestseller in its home country of Italy. Almost immediately recognized […]

[Nov/9] New Explorations in Tea History: Putting Women and Children First

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 Time: 4:30 PM Venue: C. K. Choi Building, Room 120 (1855 West Mall) By: Dr. Rebecca Corbett (University of Southern California) Abstract: In her recent book, Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan, Rebecca Corbett writes women back into the history of chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony) and shows how tea practice for women […]

[Nov/8] Christian Books in Pre-modern Japan: Printing, Prohibition, & Circulation

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 Time: 4:00-6:00 PM Venue: Room 604, Asian Centre (1871 West Mall) By: Professor M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S. J., University of San Francisco Abstract: In 1590 the Jesuits in Japan imported a Gutenberg printing press from Portugal and began using metal type to print books in Japanese. Besides Christian devotional works, the Jesuits also […]

[Nov/6] Fumihiko Maki: Towards Humane Architecture

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Time: 6:30 PM Venue: UBC Robson Square (800 Robson Street) By: Featuring Architect Fumihiko Maki About Fumihiko Maki: The principal of Tokyo-based firm Maki and Associates, Fumihiko Maki has been recognized with many of architecture’s highest accolades, including the Pritzker Prize in 1993, and the AIA Gold Medal in 2011. With a career […]

[Oct/26] KIREI SABI and the World of Enshu Sadō: An Afternoon of Traditional Japanese Tea Culture with KOBORI SŌJITSU, Grand Master

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 Time: 3:30 PM Venue: Royal Bank Cinema at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Road) By: KOBORI Sōjitsu, Grand Master Abstract: Join us for this rare opportunity to learn about traditional Japanese tea culture in the Enshū tradition with KOBORI Sōjitsu, 13th Grand Master of the Enshū Sadō School. Ever […]

[Oct/26] Tea and Transformation in Medieval Japanese Folklore: The Legend of Sōtan Inari and the Tsukumogami “Tool Spirits”

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 Time: 1:00 PM Venue: I. K. Barber Learning Centre, Dodson Room 302 (1961 East Mall) By: Professor Tokuda Kazuo Abstract: Professor TOKUDA Kazuo of Gakushūin Women’s College offers a firsthand look at medieval tales and legends of supernatural transformations connected with Japanese tea culture. In one such tale, a fox learns the tea […]