The Center for Japanese Studies sponsors a series of lectures by faculty members and visiting scholars on various topics from recent research to personal impressions of current events in Japan. The lectures are usually held in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) and are open to the public. In addition to these lectures, the Center also provides several workshops of interest to graduate students focusing on Japan. These include workshops on careers in Japanese studies, scholarships, and overseas study programs.

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Spring 2023

CJS Seminars and Related Events

Jan. 17 (Tuesday) / 12 noon – 1 pm HST / Hybrid (no recording) Moore Hall 258 in person. Please find the QR code in the flyer to join virtually / “The U.S. – Japan Alliance and Taiwan” by Prof.  Adam Liff, Indiana University. Moderated by Prof. Kristi Govella, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa /Refreshments in Moore Hall 319 after the talk / Co-sponsored with Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs, Center for Chinese Studies, Asian Studies Department, Political Science Department, and East-West Center / Flyer here

Jan. 25 (Wednesday) / 12 noon – 1:30pm / Tokioka Room / CJS Bento Box Series (first in-person!) / Co-sponsored with the Center for Okinawan Studies / “Thinking Okinawa” with PhD candidates Yuko Ida (Educational Foundations) and Tatsuki Kohatsu (Geography and Environment) / Table seating limited to those registered for bentos and invited guests

Feb. 14 (Tuesday) / 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm / Kuykendall 106 / Friends from a World Unseen: Reflections on Teaching Premodern Languages and Literatures in the 21st Century” by Dr. Pier-Carlo Tommasi / Co-sponsored with the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures and the OFDAS Center for Teaching Excellence / Flyer here

CJS Seminar, Feb. 15 (Wednesday) / 1:30 pm – 3 pm / Campus Center’s Executive Dining Room / “Spirit of Tea and Peacefulness” by Dr. Genshitsu Sen / Refreshments to follow / Co-sponsored with the History Department and the Way of Tea Center / Flyer here

Feb 16 (Thursday) / 3pm – 4:30pm HST / Moore Hall 258 / “Reflections on a Lifetime Relationship with a Japanese Village” by Dr. Joy Hendry, Professor Emerita, Oxford Brookes University / After a viewing of a documentary on her revisit to Kurotsuchi in Fukuoka, Dr. Hendry will share her reflection in conversation with UHM Anthropology Prof. Christine Yano / Co-sponsored with the UHM Department of Anthropology / Flyer here

Feb 16 (Thursday) / 3 :00 pm – 4:30 pm / Art Building Room 101 / “Anime’s (In)Visible Actors: On Transnationality and the Performance in/of Animation” by Dr. Stevie Suan, Hosei University/ Hosted by the Art and Art History Department / Flyer here

Feb. 21 (Tuesday) / 3 pm – 4:30 HST / Moore Hall 258 / Book talk on Japan’s Prisoners of Conscience, Protest and Law During the Iraq War by the author, retired Prof. Lawrence Repeta, Meiji University / UHM Professor Emerita Patricia Steinhoff (Sociology) will provide commentary / Co-sponsored with the William S. Richardson School of Law / Flyer here

Feb 22 (Wednesday) / 12 noon – 1:30 pm / Moore Hall 258 and Zoom / “Translation in Nakashima Naoto’s ‘Waiawa Station'” by Professor Emeritus. Ken Ito, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, with Prof. Andre Haag (EALL) as a discussant / Co-sponsored with the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures / Flyer here

CJS seminar, March 9 (Thursday) / 3 pm – 4:30 pm / Moore Hall 258 / “Trace and Memory: Memorial Photography in Modern Japan” by Prof. Morihiro Satow, Kyoto Seika University / Co-sponsored with the Art & Art History Department / Flyer here / Recording here

March 10 (Friday) / 12 noon – 1 pm / Moore Hall Courtyard / Graduate Student and CJS Faculty Lunch Mixer / CJS Faculty and UHM enrolled graduate students are all invited

CJS seminar, March 30 (Thursday) / 3 pm – 4:30 pm / Moore Hall 258 / “Imagery of the Orchid Pavilion Gathering examines the cultural networks” by Dr. Kazuko Kameda-Madar, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu / Flyer here / Recording here

April 14 (Friday) / 12 noon – 1:30pm / Tokioka Room / CJS Bento Box Series / “Virtual (Dis)Embodiment: Performing Androgyny among Japanese Virtual YouTubers,” by Anna Yu (MA student in Asian Studies) and “Japan Dreams of Poke: The Secret Life of Poke in Japan,” by Taiki Sano (PhD student in Anthropology) / Table seating limited to those registered for bentos and invited guests

April 24 (Monday) / 12 pm – 1:30 pm  / CR3 / “Distributions of Powers in the Corporation: the U.S. and Japan” / Professor Masumi Ito, Hokusei Gakuen University / Co-sponsored with Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS), William S. Richardson School of Law at UHM / PDF Flyer here

April 27 (Thursday) / 3 pm – 4:15 pm / Crawford Hall 115 / “Talk Story: The Ethics of Sahred Lives” by Professor Christine Yano, Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa / Co-sponsored with the UHM Department of Anthropology) / PDF Flyer here 

Fall 2022

CJS Seminars

Nov. 16 (Wednesday) / 12 noon – 1:30pm / Virtual / “Contemporary Sagi Kyōgen: Liminal Spaces & Conceptualizing Tradition Outside Kyōgen’s Professional World” by Dr. Alex Rogals, Japanese Studies Fellow, Hunter College/Flyer here/ The recording of Dr. Rogals’s talk is available on our YouTube channel: CJS YouTube

Nov. 10 (Thursday) / 12 noon – 1:30pm / Virtual /Bento Box Series/”Making Ikumen Out of You: Will Japan’s Amended Child Care and Family Leave Law Convince More Men to Take Paternity Leave?” by Matthew Gozun and “Insights on the possibility of inclusiveness of women in law studies of Japan” by Makoto Kurokawa/ The Bento Box event will be in an on-screen Zoom meeting workshop format — limited to around 20 participants from the UHM campus community or by invitation — to enable informal and open engagement with the presenters regarding their work / Flyer here/

Nov. 2 (Wednesday) / 12 noon – 1:30pm / Virtual / “Marital Surname System in Japan – the Fufubessei Issue and the Disparate Impact of Civil Code Article 750 and Family Registry Law,” by Ms. Reiko Kato, Independent Scholar, Wm. S. Richardson School of Law, J.D. 2016 UH Mānoa/ Flyer here / The recording of Ms. Kato’s talk is available on our YouTube channel: CJS YouTube

Aug. 30 (Tuesday) / 12 noon – 1:30pm / Hybrid presentation / “Contending with the Modern West: Japanese and Yiddish Satires in the Era of High Imperialism,” by Dr. David Gordon, Professor of Asian History at Shepherd University / Flyer here / The recording of Dr. Gordon talk is available on our YouTube channel: CJS YouTube

Co-sponsorships and Other Events

Sept. 4 (Sunday) / 8:30am – 5:00pm / Location: WSRSL room CR2 (with virtual option) / Symposium hosted by the William S. Richardson School of Law’s (WSRSL) Pacific-Asian Legal Studies program –  “共感 Like-Minded Endeavors: Education Programs in the U.S. and Japan Prisons through Film and Lived Experience” / Symposium guide here (in PDF)

Previous Semesters (from Spring 2018~ )