Past events

Spring 2022 CJS Webinars and New Bento Box Series

March 2 (Wed.) / 12:00pm – 1:15pm HST / Bento Box #1 / Women’s Rights in Japan, Speaker: Nicole Hamamura / The Japanese Self-Defense Forces: Their Evolution and Departure from Its Original Goal, Speaker: Nadine Sauer / PDF flyer here. / (Not recorded.)

March 9 (Wed.) / 12:00 pm – 1:00pm HST / Unpredictable Agents / Panelists: Sanae Nakatani, PhD, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa; Yohei Sekiguchi, PhD, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa; Mari Yoshihara, PhD, Brown University / PDF flyer here. / Link to recording on YouTube here.

April 13 (Wed.) / 12:00 – 1:00pm HST / Projects I Finally Have Time For / Speaker: Robert Huey, PhD, Retired Professor of Japanese, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa / PDF flyer here. / (Not recorded).

April 27 (Wed.) / 12:00 – 1:00pm HST / Women in Japan’s National and International Diplomacy: Choosing the UN / Speaker: Petrice Flowers, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa / PDF flyer here. / Link to recording on YouTube here.

April 28 (Thurs.) / 12:00 – 1:00pm HST / Bento Box #2 / Speaker: Andre Haag, PhD, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa / (Not recorded).


All events for Fall 2020 – Fall 2021 semesters were held remotely, via Zoom Webinar.


Fall 2021 CJS Webinars

Sept. 24 (Fri.) / 1:00pm HST / Monstrous Wives, Murderous Lovers, and Dead Wet Girls: Examining the Feminine Vengeful Ghost in Japanese Traditional Theater and Horror Cinema / Speaker: Jennifer Yoo, PhD Candidate, Department of Theater and Dance / PDF flyer here. / Link to recording on YouTube here.

Oct. 20 (Wed.) / 7:00pm HST / Skirts, Compulsory Make-Up and Maternity Leave: The construction of normative femininity through job-hunting of university students in aging Japan / Speaker: Anna Lughezzani, PhD Candidate in anthropology at University of Padova, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and University of Verona (Italy) / Flyer here. / Link to recording on YouTube here.

Nov. 10 (Wed.) / 12:00pm HST / Decadent Yet Ideal: Style and Function of Female Images in Prints by Keisai Eisen (1790 – 1848) / Speaker: Sawako Chang, PhD, Leiden University / Flyer here. / Link to recording on YouTube here.

Fall 2021 Other events

Sept. 16 (Thurs.) / 2:00pm – 3:00pm HST / Prince Akihito Scholarship Orientation organized by Marsha Yokomichi, JASH. / Flyer for general information here.

Spring 2021 CJS Webinars

Feb. 10 (Wed.) / 3:00pm – 4:30pm HST / Speaker: Mire Koikari, Professor of Women’s Studies, UH Mānoa / PDF flyer here. / Replay link.

March 3 (Wed.) / 12 noon – 1:30pm HST / “This Here Now, Japanese Building and the Architecture of the Individual;,” by Kevin Nute, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, UH Mānoa / PDF flyer here. / Replay link.

March 11 – Online film screening + Q&A with director of “Fukushima 10 Years Later: Voices from the continuing nuclear disaster” / Q&A replay link.

April 7 (Wed.) – Rescheduled from original date of March 31 / 12 noon – 1:30pm HST / “Japan’s Response to Trump’s ‘America First’: Long-term Implications,” by Tsuneo Akaha, Professor Emeritus, Middlebury Institute of International Studies / PDF flyer here. / Replay link.

April 28 (Wed.) / 12 noon – 1:30pm HST / The War Crimes Documentation Initiative (WCDI) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa / PDF flyer here. / This webinar was not recorded.

Spring 2021 Other events

Jan. 15 (Fri.) / 5:00pm – 6:30pm / CJS Graduate Student Mixer via Zoom

March 25 (Thurs.) / 2:00pm – 3:00pm / Japanese Business Etiquette – what to do (and what not to do), a workshop for UHM undergraduate students / see flyer for workshop details.

Fall 2020 CJS Webinars

Oct. 14 (Wed.) / 12 noon – 1:30pm HST / “Situating Gender and Law in Japanese Legal Education: Preliminary exploration and comments,” by Mark Levin, Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, UH Mānoa / Recording available on CJS’ YouTube channel here.

Oct. 28 (Wed.) / 12 noon – 1:30pm HST / “Why It Matters: The long-term impact of the protest cycle of the late 1960s-early 1970s on Japanese society today,” by Dr. Patricia Steinhoff, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, UH Mānoa / Recording here.

Nov. 18 (Wed.) / 12 noon – 1:30pm HST / “Schoolgirl Spotting in Early-Twentieth Century Japanese Fiction: Re-reading Mushakōji Saneatsu’s Omedetaki hito,” by Francesca Pizarro, Ph.D. candidate, East Asian Languages and Literatures, UH Mānoa / Recording here.

Fall 2020 Other events

Sept. 9 (Wed.) / 5:00pm / CJS Graduate Student Mixer/ via Zoom meeting

Summer 2020 Co-sponsorships

July 1 (Wed.) / 11:00am-12:00pm/ Virtual Public Seminar sponsored by the East-West Center: “Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy Amid COVID-19 and Beyond,” by Dr. Kristi Govella (Assistant Professor, UHM Asian Studies Program) and Dr. Crystal Pryor (Director at Pacific Forum) / Replay link here.

Spring 2020 CJS Seminars

CJS seminars are held in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) unless otherwise noted. 

Jan. 24 (Fri.) / 12:00-1:30pm / “Localizing Collectivism: Do-It-Yourself DNA in Modern and Contemporary Art in Japan“, by Dr. Reiko Tomii, Art Historian (Video recording available on the John Young Museum of Art and University Galleries’ YouTube channel)

Feb. 11 (Tues.) / 12:00-1:30pm / CJS Professional Development: Social Media for Academics in Japanese Studies, from Joan Pan (CJS Graduate Assistant and PhD candidate in Geography and Environment)

Feb. 20 (Thurs.) / 1:30-2:45pm / “Spirit of Way of Tea,” by Dr. Genshitsu Sen, 15th generation Grand Tea Master / Location: Center for Korean Studies Auditorium

Feb. 26 (Wed.) / 12:00-1:30pm / “Traditional Sino-Japanese Art as a Source of Modern American Architecture,” by Dr. Kevin Nute, Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, UHM

Mar. 3 (Tues.) / 12:00-1:30pm / “War Crimes Trials in Japanese Literature: The Question of Korean Representation on the War Criminal Docket,” Dr. Younglong Kim, UHM visiting scholar

**Postponed** April 2 (Thurs.) / 12:00-1:30pm / “Situating Gender and Law in Japanese Legal Education: Preliminary exploration and comments,” Professor Mark Levin (UH William S. Richardson School of Law)

Spring 2020 Co-sponsorships and Other Events

Jan. 15 (Wed.) / 5:00-6:30pm / Public lecture co-sponsored with the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu and the East-West Center: “The Role of the Japan-U.S. Alliance in the Face of U.S.-China Strategic Rivalry,” by Yoichi Kato, Senior research fellow at the Asia Pacific Initiative (API) / Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, Koi Room (Garden Level)

Jan. 22 (Wed.) / 5:00-6:30pm / CJS Grad Student Networking Event / Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)

Jan. 24 (Fri.) / 3:00-5:00pm / Public lecture co-sponsored with UHM Dept. of Sociology: “Citizen Science and Politics of Environmental Knowledge – How can citizen science—research by people who are not professional scientists— advance goals of environmental justice and social transformation?,” by Dr. Aya Kimura, Professor of Sociology at UHM / Saunders Hall 244

Jan. 26 (Sun.) / UH Tea Club Hatsugama / By invitation only

Feb. 25 (Tues.) / 12:00 – 1:30pm / Public lecture by Dr. Paula Harrell: “Facing History, Looking to the Future: Chances from China-Japan Détente as China takes the lead in Asia,” co-sponsored with the Asian Studies Program / Tokioka Room

Feb. 25 (Tues.) / 5:00-6:30pm / Public lecture by Dr. Bonnie Wade: “Japanese composing for traditional instruments in the modern era,” co-sponsored with UHM Music Dept. / Tokioka Room

**Postponed** April 7-9 / 2020 SPAS Graduate Student Conference / Details to be announced later; refer to the 2019 webpage here.

Fall 2019 CJS Seminars

Sept. 11 (Wed.) / 12:00-1:30pm /”Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro,” by Dr. Mari Yoshihara

Oct. 11 (Thurs.) / 12:00-1:30pm / “Tadaima! What can Transnational History Reveal?,” by Tom Coffman

Fall 2019 Co-sponsorships and Other Events

Sept. 4 (Wed.) / 5:00-6:30pm / CJS Grad Student Networking Event / Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)

Summer 2019 Co-sponsorships

Aug. 20 (Tues.) / 3:00-5:00pm / Public lecture: Narrating Transpacific Imperial History, by Dr. Eiichiro Azuma / Hamilton Library room 301

Aug. 20-22 / Inaugural Conference of the Empire Studies Initiative: “War and Society in Imperial Japan”/ Hamilton Library 

Spring 2019 CJS Seminars

CJS seminars are held in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) unless otherwise noted.

January 7 (Monday) / 12:00-1:30pm / “Political Origins of Cybersecurity Capacity: Lessons from Japan and South Korea,” by Dr. Benjamin Bartlett, Postdoctoral fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

January 9 (Wednesday) / 12:00-1:30pm / “From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs,” by Dr. David Odo, Director of Student Programs & Research Curator of University Collections Initiatives, Harvard Art Museum

January 16 (Wednesday) / 12:00-1:30pm / “Movement-countermovement dynamics in Japanese nuclear power politics,” by Dr. Tobias Weiss, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich

February 6 (Wednesday) / 12:00-1:30pm / “Recruit the Women:’ The life and career of Lt. Ethel B. Weed in Post-WWII Japan,” by Dr. Malia McAndrew, 2018-2019 East-West Center Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor of History at John Carroll University

February 14 (Thursday) / 1:30-2:45pm / “Spirit of Tea and Peacefulness,” by Dr. Genshitsu Sen, Urasenke Chado Tradition 15th-generation Grand Tea Master and Professor of Japanese Culture & History and Visiting Colleague

February 28 (Thursday) / 4:00-5:30pm / “Moments Gathered on a Paper Screen: Scrapbooks and the Sharing of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan,” by Dr. Robert Campbell, Director-General of the National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL), Tokyo

March 12 (Tuesday) / 12:00-1:30pm / Public lecture as part of a two-day preinaugural symposium for the new multi-year research and resource-development initiative entitled, “Studies of the Empire of Japan and its Legacies: New Directions and New Perspectives”

April 24 (Wednesday) / 4:00pm / “Serendipity and Sociology: Five Decades of Studying Japanese Society,” by Dr. Patricia Steinhoff, Professor of Sociology, UH Mānoa. See transcript here.

Spring 2019 Co-sponsorships and Other Events

Jan. 22 (Tues.) / 5:00-6:30pm / CJS Grad Student Networking Event / Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)

Jan. 30 (Wed.) / 6:30-8:30pm / Rakugo performance (Japanese comedy) from Katsura Sunshine (in English)/ Orvis Auditorium 2411 Dole Street, UH Mānoa Music Department

April 17 (Wed.) / 3:00-4:30pm / “The ‘Japanese Turn’ in Fine Dining in the United States 1980-2017,” by Dr. Samuel Yamashita, Professor of History at Pomona College

Fall 2018 CJS Seminars

CJS seminars are held in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 21 (Friday) / 12:00-1:30pm / “Two Centuries of Language and Cultural Contact on the Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands,” by Dr. Daniel Long, Professor of Japanese Linguistics, Tokyo Metropolian University

Sept. 27 (Thursday) / 12:00-1:30pm / “The controversies surrounding Ainu skeletal remains, indigenous rights, and research ethics,” by Dr. Noriko Seguchi, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University

Nov. 16 (Friday) / 12:00-1:30pm / “From the ‘Illegal Travelers’ to the ‘People of the Founding Year:’ The Gannenmono and the Tokugawa-Meiji Transition,” by Dr. Mark McNally, Professor of History, UH Mānoa

Fall 2018 Co-sponsorships and Other Events

Sept. 4 (Tues.) / 3:00-5:00pm / Seminar – Pineapple Growers, Women Pioneers, and Imperial Adventurers — New perspectives on overseas Japanese in the history of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific / Hamilton Library 301

Sept. 6 (Thurs.) / 3:00-5:30pm / Workshop – Pineapple Growers, Women Pioneers, and Imperial Adventurers / Sakamaki Hall A-201

Sept. 14 (Fri.) / 4:30-6:00pm / CJS Grad Student Networking Event / Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)

Oct. 5 (Fri.) / 3:00-5:00pm / International Public Symposium – “Post-WWII Occupation of Japan: The Censors and U.S. Censorship Policies”/ Hamilton Library Room 306

Nov. 8 (Thurs.) / 5:00-7:00pm / Memorial for Sharon Ann Minichiello, Ph.D. / Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)

Spring 2018 CJS Seminars

CJS seminars are held in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) unless otherwise noted.

Feb. 5 (Mon.) / 3:00-4:30pm / Panel on Takie Lebra: Reflections on a Legacy

Mar. 2 (Fri.) / 3:00-4:30pm / Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Lecture / “Artistic Engagement with Maritime Pathways,” by Dr. James Jack, 2007-2009 Crown Prince Akihito Fellow / Location: Center for Korean Studies’ Auditorium

Mar. 9 (Fri.) / 12:00-1:30pm / “Destiny: The Secret Operations of the Yodogō Exiles,” by Dr. Patricia Steinhoff, Professor of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Mar. 13 (Tues.) / 3:00-4:30pm / “Hogaku goes global: NHK Blends in Japan’s cultural diplomacy,” by Dr. Hiroko Nagai, Assistant Professor, Japanese Studies Program at Ateneo De Manila University / Location: Center for Korean Studies’ Auditorium

April 25 (Wed.) / 12:00-1:30pm / “Building PerformCT – a case study of traditional Japanese theater in Digital Humanities,” by Dr. Beng Choo Lim, Assistant Professor, Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore

Spring 2018 Co-sponsorships and Other Events

Jan. 24 (Wed.) / 5:00-6:30pm / CJS Graduate Student Networking / Tokioka Room

Feb. 23 (Fri.) / 3:00-4:30pm / EALL-CJS talk: Nakai Masakazu and the Theory Complex in Japan, Dr. Aaron Gerow, Yale University / Moore Hall 258

Feb. 28 (Wed.) / 3:00-4:40pm / UHM Library Public Lecture with Dr. Robert Campbell, Director-General of the National Institute of Japanese (NIJL), Tokyo / Hamilton Library 301 / Registration is closed and the event is full.

Mar. 3 (Sat.) / 9:00am-3:00pm / UH Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal – Chrysanthemum Rising, a discussion on sexuality & civil rights in Japan and Okinawa / William S. Richardson School of Law Classroom 2

Mar. 14-16 (Wed.-Fri.) SPAS Graduate Student Conference