September 2021 Message from the Executive Director

Despite our cool summer this year in East Anglia, the cosmos are in full bloom. In Japan these cheerful flowers are sometimes known as the ‘autumn cherry blossom’ and though they are not officially one of the seven flowers of autumn (aki no nanakusa 秋の七草), they are widely regarded as a harbinger of the changing […]

Beyond Japan: A Year On

“Beyond Japan has quickly emerged as one of the best podcasts in Japanese studies. The podcast makes cutting edge research accessible to a broad audience.” Professor Bryan Lowe, Assistant Professor of Religion, Princeton University Little over a year ago in March 2020, I had just begun settling into my role as Project Officer at the […]

Workshop Report: Internationalisation Interrupted

On the 1st & 2nd July, 18 scholars from around the world came together virtually for a two-day workshop exploring Japan’s recent internationalisation efforts, the role of the Olympics, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, organised by myself and Dr Duncan Breeze. The workshop was planned because I had found that there were very […]