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, Cherry Blossoms, and Nationalisms: The Militarization of Aesthetics in Japanese History, her talk will present the many, often contradictory, meanings assigned to cherry blossoms – from life and love to death – while becoming a symbol of various social groups, and, ultimately, the Japanese as a whole. Her lecture will highlight abuses of this aesthetic during Japan’s military period, and conclude by deliberating on opacity in symbolic communication and its impact on the people.

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Presented by the Department of Asian Studies.