[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 […]

[Oct/23] Narrative, Performance, and “Premodern” Forms: Ishimure Michiko’s Contemporary Noh Play Okinomiya and its Costuming by Shimura Fukumi

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Time: 12:30 PM Venue: Asian Centre, Room 604 (1871 West Mall) By: Dr. Christina Laffin Abstract: Ishimure Michiko is often represented as a founder of Japan’s environmental movement, thanks to her efforts to represent those affected by Minamata Disease through grassroots organization, direct action, and literary works. Among Ishimure’s writings are two noh plays: […]

[Oct/19] Nation-Work: How Tea Became Japanese

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 Time: 4:30 PM Venue: C. K. Choi Building, Room 120 (1855 West Mall) By: Dr. Kristin Surak (University of London) Abstract: Why did an activity as mundane as tea preparation become one of the potent symbols of Japan? Drawing on her award-winning book Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice, Kristin Surak will explore the […]

[Oct/9] Opening Reception

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Venue: C. K. Choi Building, First Floor Foyer Come join the Centre for Japanese Research,日本研究センター, as it launches into a new year of events. Refreshments will be served.

[Sep/21] Centre for Asian Legal Studies Seminar

Labour Law Reform: “Work Style Reform 2018 in Japan” (by Chikako Kanki, Associate Professor, Rikkyo University in Japan) || Succession Law Reform: “Inheritance Law Amendment in Japan, 2018” (by Koji Kanki, Attorney at Law, Ministry of Justice, Japan)

[Apr/6] Brazil and Modern Japanese Literature

This talk will present a brief overview of this history, with a focus on its early decades (1908-1941), and then consider ways that this history prompts us to reconsider many of the tacit and explicit presumptions that underlie the field of modern Japanese literature.

[Mar/29] 8th Annual Burge Lecture – Dr. Ian Miller, Harvard University

This talk takes us back to the dawn of the energy-intensive culture that we now call “modernity,” tracing the emergence of new attitudes towards electrical power and tracking the development of a political economy that has colonized the climate.

[Mar/28] Owning the Ocean: Alaska Fishermen and the Japanese ‘Invasion’ of Bristol Bay, 1937-1938

This talk examines the ways Alaskans interacted with and understood the salmon, the physical environment of Bristol Bay, and the conceptual nature of ocean borders, and how those perspectives entered the political and diplomatic discourse on the eve of the Second World War.