Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Harp of Burma

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | July 25 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A fatalistic elegy for the war dead, Harp of Burma links beauty with a sense of loss, and loss with salvation. Burma at the close of World War II is a no-man’s-land, a quiet emptiness where there used to be life. But the Himalayas still move villagers to dream, and captured Japanese soldiers to sing in sweet harmony; Burma is still “Buddha’s country.”

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

ARCHITECTURE LECTURE: Go Hasegawa

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | September 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, SEPT 5, 6:30pm. Join us for a talk co-sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies. Go Hasegawa will speak about his practice & approach of exploring new possibilities & building new connections. Also live streaming in 106 Wurster. Open to all!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

2018 AJLS Conference: Past, Present, and Future - Evidence, Transmission, and Inheritance in Japanese Literature and Media

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 6 | 5-8 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library (101 Doe)

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, National Institute of Japanese Literature

The 2018 AJLS Conference seeks to address the history and theory of Japanese literature and media with special attention given to the ways in which writers have grappled with the problems of evidence, transmission, and inheritance and how these problems continue to renew and complicate the relation between the past, present, and future.

 Free

  Register online

Friday, September 7, 2018

2018 AJLS Conference: Past, Present, and Future - Evidence, Transmission, and Inheritance in Japanese Literature and Media

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 7 | 9:45 a.m.-7 p.m. | Doe Library, 180 and 190

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, National Institute of Japanese Literature

The 2018 AJLS Conference seeks to address the history and theory of Japanese literature and media with special attention given to the ways in which writers have grappled with the problems of evidence, transmission, and inheritance and how these problems continue to renew and complicate the relation between the past, present, and future.

 Free

  Register online

Saturday, September 8, 2018

2018 AJLS Conference: Past, Present, and Future - Evidence, Transmission, and Inheritance in Japanese Literature and Media

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 8 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Doe Library, 180 and 190

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, National Institute of Japanese Literature

The 2018 AJLS Conference seeks to address the history and theory of Japanese literature and media with special attention given to the ways in which writers have grappled with the problems of evidence, transmission, and inheritance and how these problems continue to renew and complicate the relation between the past, present, and future.

 Free

  Register online

Monday, October 15, 2018

Architecture Lecture: Takaharu Tezuka: Nostalgic Future

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | October 15 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Takaharu Tezuka

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), College of Environmental Design, Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

NOSTALGIC FUTURE
Real human life is supported by latest technologies. Our good future is depending on the respect for the wisdom from our past. We are still a part of the whole environment, yet still in the most advanced society.

ABOUT TAKAHARU TEZUKA
Architect / President of Tezuka Architects / Professor of Tokyo City University

1964 Born in Tokyo, Japan
1987 B. Arch.,...   More >

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Coping with Backlash Against Globalization: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), Center for Long-term Cyber Security, MSPL Ltd, The Clausen Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies

The rise of trade protectionism, authoritarianism, China, and data competition are all critical drivers of the global economy. We have seen the consequences of these drivers in the move to Brexit, the election of Trump, the promotion of rival trade and financial arrangements by the Chinese, and cyber operations that are a form of societal warfare...   More >

Friday, October 19, 2018

Coping with Backlash Against Globalization: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), Center for Long-term Cyber Security, MSPL Ltd, The Clausen Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies

The rise of trade protectionism, authoritarianism, China, and data competition are all critical drivers of the global economy. We have seen the consequences of these drivers in the move to Brexit, the election of Trump, the promotion of rival trade and financial arrangements by the Chinese, and cyber operations that are a form of societal warfare...   More >

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Forest Bathing with Hana Lee Goldin

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | October 31 | 1-3:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Canceled

 Botanical Garden

Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has demonstrated benefits for stress reduction and cognitive function. Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and opening up our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives.

 $40 / $35 UCBG Members and UC students, faculty and staff

 CANCELLED.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Study Abroad in Japan

Information Session: Center for Japanese Studies | November 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn more about the possible study abroad options in Japan and opportunities to fund your study in Japan.

Hear what previous Japan study abroad students have to say about their experiences, answering questions like:
Why study abroad in Japan?
What are all of the opportunities and how can I learn more?
How would this apply to my future career?

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Western and Questions of Indigeneity, Race and Violence in the American and Japanese Frontiers or, Two Unforgivens

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Andrew Barshay, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Takashi Fujitani, Professor, University of Toronto

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

This presentation juxtaposes Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed Unforgiven (1992) against Lee Sang-il’s “remake” (Yurusarezaru mono, 2013) of the original as a method for recasting the histories of modern Japan and the U.S. as comparable and coeval settler colonial empires. The speaker will work through the insights and absences in these films to piece together a historical...   More >

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Lisa Yoneyama, University of Toronto

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The U.S.-led post-conflict transitional justice in the Asia-Pacific War’s aftermath has not only rendered certain violences illegible and unredressable. It also left many colonial legacies intact. In Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes I argued that, much more than products of the East Asian state policies capitalizing on the anti-Japanese...   More >

Friday, November 9, 2018

Workshop: Living Landscapes: Time, Knowledge, and Ecology

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | November 9 | 1-5 p.m. | 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility), Room 101

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Art and Cultures (SISJAC), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)

November 9 (Fri.): 1-5PM: Rm 101, 2251 College Building (Archaeological Research Facility), UC Berkeley

November 10 (Sat.): 9AM-12 noon: Rm 221, Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley (closed session; please RSVP: habu@berkeley.edu)


How can knowledge of the past be developed and transformed so that it informs understandings of the present and future? The Center for Japanese Studies at UC...   More >

 The Saturday, November 10 portion of the workshop is a closed session. To request attendance, please email Professor Junko Habu at habu@berkeley.edu.

ZenIT: Mindful Work through Zen Meditation and Collaboration

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | November 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Amil Khanzada, ZenIT

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

CS alumnus Amil Khanzada, now Evolution Ambassador of Eiheiji Town in Japan, will talk about ZenIT, a new movement to define a style of working that is highly productive *and* peaceful, by combining Japanese Soto Zen meditation and Silicon Valley software development pairing/collaboration principles.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Workshop: Living Landscapes: Time, Knowledge, and Ecology

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | November 10 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Room 221 (Gifford Room)

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Art and Cultures (SISJAC), http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/rihn_e/

November 9 (Fri.): 1-5PM: Rm 101, 2251 College Building (Archaeological Research Facility), UC Berkeley

November 10 (Sat.): 9AM-12 noon: Rm 221, Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley (closed session; please RSVP: habu@berkeley.edu)


How can knowledge of the past be developed and transformed so that it informs understandings of the present and future? The Center for Japanese Studies at UC...   More >

 The Saturday, November 10 portion of the workshop is a closed session. To request attendance, please email Professor Junko Habu at habu@berkeley.edu.

 

  RSVP by emailing habu@berkeley.edu

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Industry-UCB-UEC Workshop 2018 (IUUWS 2018)

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 13 | 10 a.m.-5:40 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Workshop Day 1: November 13 (Tues)

10:00 -10:30 Registration

10:30 -10:35 Opening Address:
Prof. Kazuo UCHIDA, Executive Committee Chairman of IUUWS
Department of Computer and Network Engineering, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, UEC

10:35 -10:45 Welcome Speech:
Prof. Masayoshi TOMIZUKA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean of...   More >

Rewriting History in the Age of #MeToo

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | November 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Amy Stanley, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University

 Department of History, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of History Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI), History Graduate Association (HGA)

The #MeToo movement is now over a year old, but over the past few weeks its stakes have become increasingly clear, not only in American culture and politics but also in many of our intellectual lives as historians. This talk considers how the rallying call “believe women” challenges our epistemology and might lead us to a different approach to our evidence. The sources are drawn from an early...   More >

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Industry-UCB-UEC Workshop 2018 (IUUWS 2018)

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 14 | 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Workshop Day 1: November 13 (Tues)

10:00 -10:30 Registration

10:30 -10:35 Opening Address:
Prof. Kazuo UCHIDA, Executive Committee Chairman of IUUWS
Department of Computer and Network Engineering, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, UEC

10:35 -10:45 Welcome Speech:
Prof. Masayoshi TOMIZUKA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean of...   More >

Thursday, November 15, 2018

JASC and KASC 2019 Information Session

Information Session: Center for Japanese Studies | November 15 | 6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Interested in going to Japan or Korea this summer?

Scholarships are available for UC Berkeley students attending the Japan-America or Korea-America Student Conference!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors: Three Films

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | November 28 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

What are the experiences that shape the long lives of those we live among? In The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors, my ninety-two-year-old neighbor recounts the experience of being one of the first US Navy seamen sent into Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two weeks after the atom bombs were dropped. His intimate testimony is paired here with two films exploring two other catastrophic events of World War...   More >

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan—Summer in Sanrizuka

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | November 29 | 7-8:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Shinsuke Ogawa “has been unaccountably neglected in the Western world. . . . [His is an] extraordinary, incisive, and deeply committed body of work" (Jed Rapfogel, Anthology Film Archives). In 1968, Ogawa and the new filmmaking collective Ogawa Pro “followed a brigade of student activists and joined the growing movement of resistance by the farmers and their allies against the forced eviction...   More >

Friday, November 30, 2018

Come on Out Japan - Information Session

Information Session: Center for Japanese Studies | November 30 | 4-6 p.m. | 54 Barrows Hall

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Attention students and recent graduates!

The 5th Annual Come on Out-Japan Summer Internship Program is launching and they are extending an invitation to top Universities and Japanese high school students for a cross-cultural learning experience. They will be on campus Friday, November 30 at Barrows Hall, Room 54 from 4 - 6 pm and hope to see you there! See the

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Calligraphy Workshop - SOLD OUT: Does Dog Have a Buddha Nature? MU KORABO Exhibit

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | December 1 | 1-3 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

 Pamela Rickard

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Alongside the current exhibit, Face to Face: Looking at Objects that Look at You, the Hearst Museum has prepared an accompanying exhibit in the lobby of Kroeber Hall at UC Berkeley, just outside of the Hearst’s Main Gallery. This exhibit, entitled Does Dog Have a Buddha Nature? is curated by Liza Dalby and hosted in collaboration with the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley....   More >

Friday, December 7, 2018

CripTech: Disability and Technology in Japan and the United States: An International Symposium

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | December 7 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, The Robert and Colleen Haas Chair in Disability Studies, Making Change Media

Technology has the potential to greatly improve access and the full social participation of disabled individuals in Japan and the United States. Both countries have invested considerable sums in these directions, but often this research is being conducted separately from the key stakeholders. This symposium brings together technologists, anthropologists, educators, and other researchers who are...   More >

 ASL interpretation and CART services have been requested for the conference and films will be open captioned and audio described. The conference venue is wheelchair accessible. Please do not come wearing any scents or perfumes.

Poster design and sketch of Rose the bionic woman are copyright 2018 by Franchesca Spektor. All rights reserved and used with artist’s permission. Image description of conference artwork: A woman who has a human-looking face, forearm, wrist, and hand

Immigration Policy in Japan and South Korea

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | December 7 | 4 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 554, Ethnic Studies Conference Room

 Keiko Yamanaka, UC Berkeley

 Margaux Taylor Garcia, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP); Maya Narumi, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP); Eun Seo Yang, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP); Himali Dixit, Nepalese Scholar

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Immigration policies drastically expanded in Japan and South Korea, but the reality migrant workers face in both countries are not as promising. The general resistance of unskilled immigration and the demands of labor shortages and shrinking populations have been accommodated with ad hoc governmental policies. Under the supervision of Professor Keiko Yamanaka, Margaux, Maya and Eun Seo have been...   More >

Saturday, December 8, 2018

CripTech: Disability and Technology in Japan and the United States: An International Symposium

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | December 8 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, The Robert and Colleen Haas Chair in Disability Studies, Making Change Media

Technology has the potential to greatly improve access and the full social participation of disabled individuals in Japan and the United States. Both countries have invested considerable sums in these directions, but often this research is being conducted separately from the key stakeholders. This symposium brings together technologists, anthropologists, educators, and other researchers who are...   More >

 ASL interpretation and CART services have been requested for the conference and films will be open captioned and audio described. The conference venue is wheelchair accessible. Please do not come wearing any scents or perfumes.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Ugetsu

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | December 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In sixteenth-century Japan, with the pandemonium of civil wars a looming presence in their lives, the potter Genjuro and his wife long to be “rich and safe,” respectively. But artistic vanity draws Genjuro into the paradisiacal realm of a phantom enchantress. In a parallel tale, Genjuro’s brother-in-law Tobei, out for military glory, achieves a general’s rank for his fraudulent exploits—another...   More >

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gallery Talk: Elizabeth Sharf on the Japanese Collection

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | December 13 | 12-1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Elizabeth Sharf, a visiting scholar in UC Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies, offers a tour of Ink, Paper, Silk illustrating the breadth and depth of the museum’s important collection of Japanese art. Highlights will include Nagasawa Rosetsu’s engaging Children Playing with an Elephant, Okamoto Shuki’s lyrical White Swallows by a Waterfall, and examples of Obaku calligraphy—seventeenth- and...   More >

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Sansho the Bailiff

Film - Documentary: Center for Japanese Studies | December 15 | 8-10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In eleventh-century Japan, two children are kidnapped and sold into slavery while their mother, Tamiki, withers away on a distant island, dreaming only of being reunited with them. After many years the son assumes his rightful post as provincial governor and sets about deposing the cruel bailiff who brought tragedy upon his family. As in Greek tragedy, this film’s distanced determinism vies with...   More >

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sanshiro Sugata

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | December 18 | 6:30-7:50 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Akira Kurosawa made his directorial debut in 1943, during the height of World War II and at a time when “you weren’t allowed to say anything worth saying,” as he recalled. “Back then everyone was saying that the Japanese-style film should be as simple as possible; I disagreed and decided that, since I couldn’t say anything because of the censors, I would make a really movie-like movie.”...   More >

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Spirited Away

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | December 29 | 3-5:05 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ever the nostalgic fabulist, Hayao Miyazaki builds a passage between modern, everyday Japanese life and the half-remembered realms of spirits and folklore in this compelling adventure, winner of numerous international prizes including the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. En route to their new suburban home, ten-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon an abandoned theme park that turns out...   More >

Double Suicide

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | December 29 | 7:45-9:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Masahiro Shinoda’s first film for Japan’s avant-garde Art Theatre Guild, Double Suicide strikingly reinterprets Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s famed 1720 bunraku puppet play involving the doomed love between a married paper-shop owner and a courtesan; here, it’s not just the play that is presented, but the entire presentation of the play. We begin with the kurogo (men dressed in black who traditionally...   More >

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Harakiri

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | January 9 | 7-9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Based on the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly (but changing the title character from geisha to noblewoman) and one of the first European films to depict Japanese culture, Harakiri was considered a lost film for decades until it was discovered in the mid-1980s in the Netherlands Film Museum. Intrigued with Asian design motifs and obsessed with authenticity, Lang obtained sets and costumes from the...   More >

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ugetsu

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | January 13 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In sixteenth-century Japan, with the pandemonium of civil wars a looming presence in their lives, the potter Genjuro and his wife long to be “rich and safe,” respectively. But artistic vanity draws Genjuro into the paradisiacal realm of a phantom enchantress. In a parallel tale, Genjuro’s brother-in-law Tobei, out for military glory, achieves a general’s rank for his fraudulent exploits—another...   More >

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Artist’s Talk: Masako Miki

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | January 16 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In conjunction with her current MATRIX exhibition, Japan-born, Berkeley-based artist Masako Miki will talk about Shinto traditions in Japan, how they address questions of boundaries in life, and how these ideas have developed and manifested in her felt sculptures and installation work.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Harp of Burma

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | January 17 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A fatalistic elegy for the war dead, Harp of Burma links beauty with a sense of loss, and loss with salvation. Burma at the close of World War II is a no-man’s-land, a quiet emptiness where there used to be life. But the Himalayas still move villagers to dream and captured Japanese soldiers to sing in sweet harmony; Burma is still “Buddha’s country.” Mizushima, a harp-playing scout with the...   More >

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Cafe Lumiere

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | January 26 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Coffee, Time, and Light is the original Japanese title of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s gentle tribute to Yasujiro Ozu, which seamlessly weaves those three themes into a meditative look at love—or the absence of it—in contemporary Tokyo. Living alone in the city, the strong-willed Yoko (pop singer Yo Hitoto) wanders its streets, coffee houses, and train stations, seemingly paying more attention to random...   More >

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Double Suicide

Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | January 27 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Masahiro Shinoda’s first film for Japan’s avant-garde Art Theatre Guild, Double Suicide strikingly reinterprets Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s famed 1720 bunraku puppet play involving the doomed love between a married paper-shop owner and a courtesan; here, it’s not just the play that is presented, but the entire presentation of the play. We begin with the kurogo (men dressed in black who traditionally...   More >

Friday, February 1, 2019

Dynasties and Democracy in Japan

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | February 1 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Daniel M. Smith, Associate Professor, Harvard University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Political dynasties exist in all democracies, but have been conspicuously prevalent in Japan, where over a third of legislators and two-thirds of cabinet ministers come from families with a history in parliament. In his new book, Dynasties and Democracy: The Inherited Incumbency Advantage in Japan, Daniel M. Smith introduces a comparative theory to explain the persistence of dynastic...   More >

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Gallery + Studio: Animal Encounters in Japanese Art

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | February 9 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Inspired by painted screens, album pages, and scrolls in Ink, Paper, Silk, paint your own animals and birds using Japanese ink brush pens on heavy paper folded into panels. By the end of this workshop with artist Mary Curtis Ratcliff, you’ll have made a freestanding miniature Japanese folding screen!

About Gallery + Studio
On the second Saturday of each month, Gallery + Studio connects art...   More >

Gallery + Studio: Animal Encounters in Japanese Art

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | February 9 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Inspired by painted screens, album pages, and scrolls in Ink, Paper, Silk, paint your own animals and birds using Japanese ink brush pens on heavy paper folded into panels. By the end of this workshop with artist Mary Curtis Ratcliff, you’ll have made a freestanding miniature Japanese folding screen!

About Gallery + Studio
On the second Saturday of each month, Gallery + Studio connects art...   More >

Monday, February 11, 2019

Taming Japan’s Deflation

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | February 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall N340/344

 Gene Park, Associate Professor, Loyola Marymount University

 James A. Wilcox, Professor, Haas School of Business

 Steven Vogel, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, Japan Society of Northern California

Around the world, governments have delegated political independence to central banks that wield tremendous power based on the belief that independence would allow these institutions to keep inflation in check. From the mid-1990s, Japan’s economy charted a unique trajectory: it fell into deflation and never fully emerged from it for nearly the next twenty years...   More >

 

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Beyond heteronormativity: Queer archaeology in Japan

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | February 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Jun Mitsumoto, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Museum Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Center for Research on the Dynamics of Civilizations, Okayama University, Japan

 Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology

This presentation focuses on issues of heteronormativity in Japanese archaeology, using case studies regarding same-sex relationships and cross-dressing in prehistoric and protohistoric Japan to explore how such practical studies can oppose heteronormative interpretations, and what new information and perspectives can be gained through a reconstruction of the past.

Design Field Notes: Karen Nakamura

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | February 11 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Karen Nakamura is a cultural and visual anthropologist who researches disability in contemporary Japan at the University of California, Berkeley. Her first project was on sign language, identity, and deaf social movements and resulted in a monograph and edited volume. After that, her second project was on schizophrenia and community-based recovery in Japan and this resulted in a book, its...   More >

Monday, February 25, 2019

American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | February 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Duncan Ryūken Williams, Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California

 Mark Blum, Professor, Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair in Japanese Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley; Carolyn Chen, Associate Professor, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Asian American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Duncan Ryūken Williams (USC) will discuss his new book “American Sutra” about Buddhism and the WWII Japanese American internment. The fact that the vast majority of Japanese Americans were Buddhist was responsible for why nearly 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-third of whom were American citizens, were targeted for forcible removal from the Pacific coast states and incarcerated in...   More >

 

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 1 – 3, 2019 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Shinshu Center of America

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 1 – 3, 2019 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Shinshu Center of America

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Literary Representations of Buddhist Funerals

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Michihiro Ama, University of Montana

 Mark Blum, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Shinshu Center of America

In this lecture, Natsume Sōseki’s The Miner and “A Rainy Day” in To the Spring Equinox and Beyond are treated as works of path literature. During the Buddhist funerals, periods of transition in the lives of the literary characters and new sensations regarding life and death are identified through the connection of the term “path” as a synonym for passage. The funerals lead the fictional...   More >

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 1 – 3, 2019 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Shinshu Center of America

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Beyond Imperial Aesthetics: Theorizing Art and Politics in East Asia

Panel Discussion: Center for Japanese Studies | March 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Naoki Sakai, Cornell University; Mayumo Inoue, Hitotsubashi University

 Miryam Sas, UC Berkeley; Steve Choe, San Francisco State University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Observing that the division between theory and empiricism remains inextricably linked to imperial modernity, manifest at the most basic level in the binary between “the West” and “Asia,” the authors in the forthcoming collection Beyond Imperial Aesthetics (co-edited by Mayumo Inoue and Steve Choe, Hong Kong University Press, 2019) reexamine art and aesthetics to challenge these oppositions...   More >

Friday, April 5, 2019

Key Issues in the Current Global Economy

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 5 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

What are the contours of superpower competition? How do middle powers interact with great powers in the 21st century? In East Asia, what options do middle powers in Asia such as

Friday, April 19, 2019

China's Growing Sharp Power: Western, Asian, and African Perspectives

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Other Campus Events: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 19 | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of European Studies, Center for African Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

A group of leading experts on China and American foreign policy recently released “Chinese Influence and American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance,” a report documenting Chinese efforts to influence American society. The report examines China's efforts to influence American institutions, including state and local governments, universities, think tanks, media, corporations, and the...   More >

Friday, April 26, 2019

Agroecology in Japan and the Americas: History, Practice, and Future Directions

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | April 26 | 1-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, Berkeley Food Institute

This workshop highlights similarities and differences between agroecological approaches in Japan and those in the Americas with a focus on their historic and geographic contexts, and presents future visions of sustainable farming practice and resilient human-environmental interaction. Agroecology can be defined as a trans-disciplinary approach rooted in both traditional and scientific knowledge...   More >

Monday, April 29, 2019

New Discoveries in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 29 | 3-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter V. Lape, Anthropology and Curator of Archaeology, Burke Museum, University of Washington; John W. Olsen, Regents’ Professor Emeritus & Executive Director, Je Tsongkhapa Endowment for Central and Inner Asian Archaeology, Anthropology, University of Arizona

 Gyoung-Ah Lee, Anthropology, University of Oregon

 Junko Habu, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Department of Anthropology, Archaeological Research Facility, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This event celebrates the publication of the Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology by inviting two editors of this volume, both of whom are prominent scholars in the field of Asian Archaeology. Prof. John W. Olsen (University of Arizona) will talk about his recent archaeological expeditions in Mongolia and Tibet with a focus on Paleolithic archaeology in these regions. Professor Peter...   More >

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Japan's Imperial Underworlds: Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | May 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 David Ambaras, North Carolina State University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In this lecture, David Ambaras reveals how the movement of migrants, smugglers, pirates, and trafficked people between China and Japan -- and their sensationalization in the popular press -- created surprising cross-currents in the politics of Sino-Japanese relations during the years of Japanese imperial expansion.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Fiction or Reality: Thinking Fukushima through Art

Seminar: Center for Japanese Studies | May 3 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 226 Dwinelle Hall

 Saeko Kimura, Professor, Tsuda University

 Miryam Sas, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

While we share the sense that fiction and plastic arts reflect a different relationship to reality than that of documentary or journalistic writing, writing on Fukushima often encounters a difficulty in distinguishing between the fictional and the real. How have recent Japanese artists and writers after 3-11 broached and responded to this difficulty in dividing the real from the imaginary? Is...   More >

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/nhknewsline/backstories/sunchild/ (accessed April 29, 2019)

Sunday, July 28, 2019

East Asian Calligraphy Workshop

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | July 28 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Kazuaki Tanahashi, Calligrapher and painter

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Master calligrapher and painter Kazuaki Tanahashi offers a demonstration and hands-on workshop in conjunction with Meditation in Motion: Zen Calligraphy from the Stuart Katz Collection. After a forty-five-minute lecture-demonstration about the formation of ideographic symbols, the...   More >

 Hands-on workshop limited to 50 participants.

 $13 BAMPFA - General admission, $11 BAMPFA - Non-UC Berkeley students, disabled, 65+, FREE BAMPFA - BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff; 18 & under; one adult per child 13 & under; and artists in the BAMPFA collection/MATRIX

 Registration cost is included with BAMPFA admission. Register online

Friday, September 20, 2019

Help (Not) Wanted: Immigration Politics in Japan

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Strausz, Texas Christian University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Why has Japan’s immigration policy remained so restrictive, especially in light of economic, demographic, and international political forces that are pushing Japan to admit more immigrants? In this presentation, Strausz will argue that Japan’s immigration policy has remained restrictive for two reasons. First, Japan’s labor-intensive businesses have failed to defeat anti-immigration forces within...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Exhibit Opening: Does Dog Have a Buddha Nature?

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Japanese Studies | October 11 | 5-7 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

332162 Liza Dalby

 Japanese Studies, Center for (CJS), Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Come join us to help celebrate the opening of Does Dog Have a Buddha Nature?, an exhibition hosted in the lobby of Kroeber Hall in collaboration with curator Liza Dalby and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

Does a dog have buddha nature?

Jōshū replied "MU!"

Inspired by this well-known Zen kōan, the MU KORABO (Mu Collaboration) project has...   More >

 Free

  Register online.

Get Dancin’: Selections from the Collection

Exhibit - Photography: Center for Japanese Studies | January 9 – March 31, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The exuberance, romance, and beauty of dance are central themes in this exhibition of historical and contemporary works from BAMPFA’s collection. The selection is wide ranging, including prints, drawings, and photographs from the United States, Europe, and Asia. Among the highlights are two classic photographs of José Limón and Martha Graham by Barbara Morgan; George Bellows’s raucous image Dance...   More >

Masako Miki / MATRIX 273

Exhibit - Sculpture: Center for Japanese Studies | January 9 – April 28, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Masako Miki was born in Japan but has made the Bay Area, and Berkeley in particular, her home for more than twenty years. In her work she remains close to her ancestral traditions, especially those that arise from her association with Buddhist and Shinto beliefs and practices, as well as traditional Japanese folklore. Her current work, she says, is “inspired by the idea of animism from the Shinto...   More >