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 seasons. We are thrilled to be returning to in-person Third Thursday Lectures this month, and on 16th September welcome one of our Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows, Dr Charlotte Linton, to the Cathedral Hostry. To ensure our audience is as safe and comfortable as possible, we have a number of special measures in place, including […]

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 Centre for Japanese Studies, having organised a number of CJS Research Seminars and preparing for our annual Ishibashi Summer Programme which brought students from all over the world. As an early-career researcher, I had also enjoyed my first taste of networking with other academics at conferences and workshops and was keen for more. Halfway through […]

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 few academic events being organised around the Olympics, particularly given the scale and importance of the event, and none on this particular issue. Originally envisaged as an in-person event, set to be the first SISJAC had seen in over a year, more paper submissions came from abroad than the UK. A hybrid model was considered, […]