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November 07, 2017

The Lost in Translation Problem
Intercultural Engagement and the Dangers of Othering

The depiction of Japan as an “othered” cultural object has a long and difficult history, and is an issue that ...

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February 05, 2015

The World’s Southernmost “Koisuru Fortune Cookie Project”

Japanese language is the third most popular foreign language in New Zealand, after French and Spanish. According to the Japan ...

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November 29, 2012

Japanese Language Education at Chinese Universities

Of the approximately 3.65 million students of the Japanese language outside Japan, the highest numbers are in South Korea and ...

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December 15, 2011

Ambulances for India: (9) India

In the last two months of her fellowship at Ziqitza, Chikako Fujita was busily involved in keeping the company’s fast-growing ...

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December 05, 2011

Ambulances for India: (8) India

In her previous report, Chikako Fujita pondered the effectiveness of India’s “easygoing” approach to productivity. Here, she makes fresh discoveries ...

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July 22, 2011

The Role of Festivals in Rural Japanese Communities

The Japanese festivals with which most people are familiar today are large-scale entertainments carried out with the tourist trade in ...

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June 23, 2011

The Great Handicraft Extinction (3)

In the final article of this three-part series, the author focuses on the connection between maker and user, arguing that ...

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April 25, 2011

The Great Handicraft Extinction (2)

The disappearance of handicrafts and hand trades has had profound repercussions for Japanese culture. In the second article in a ...

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December 13, 2010

Haiku: The Heart of Japan in 17 Syllables

A haiku is the world’s shortest poem consisting of just 17 syllables. Despite its succinct form, it contains the essence ...

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November 17, 2010

Resurrecting the Spirit of Matsuri

Traditional festivals, or matsuri, have played a crucial role over the ages—building and preserving community ties, transmitting culture, and providing ...

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