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More than "A Feeling of Beauty": Aesthetics in Natsume Sōseki’s Early Literary Thought

Professor Anri Yasuda, The George Washington University

Mar 21, 2019 - at - | Stiteler Hall, Room: B26 (208 South 37th Street)

Natsume Sōseki, perhaps the most renowned writer of early-twentieth century Japan, stated that his aim in writing the novel Kusamakura (1906) had been purely aesthetic: “I would be satisfied if a kind of…

Commodore Perry’s Expedition as a Shopping Trip: The First Japanese Books in America

Professor Emeritus Peter Kornicki, University of Cambridge

Mar 26, 2019 - at - | Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections,
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

What was Perry’s crew doing while he was negotiating, and what was everybody, including Commodore Perry himself, doing when the ships visited Shimoda and Hakodate? They were shopping! They…

Ingrained Habits: The (Bio) politics of American Wheat Promotion and the Transformation of Japan Diet and Identity, 1956-1960

Professor Nathan Hopson, Nagoya University

Mar 28, 2019 - at - | Stiteler Hall, Room: B26 (208 South 37th Street)

This presentation explores the history and politics of US-funded food demonstration buses (“kitchen cars”) in postwar Japan, 1954-1960. The kitchen cars’ express mission was to transform the Japanese national diet by…