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Essays provide unique perspectives on topics typically overlooked by textbooks and classroom resources. Offering analysis from experts in the field, essays serve as points of departure for dialogue and further inquiry. Ideally, the essays will speak to each other and thereby reflect some of the larger debates that are shaping latest scholarship but are also highly relevant to classroom teaching. All members are invited to participate in the discussions.

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Women in Modern Japanese History


Marnie Anderson, Associate Professor, Smith College examines women in modern Japanese history through the lenses of education, labor and women's roles, and political and social rights.

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Religion in Tokugawa Japan


Professor Shelton Woods of Boise State University explores the role religion played in shaping Japan's Tokugawa Period.

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The Three Unifiers of Sengoku Era Japan


Professor Shelton Woods of Boise State University explores the Sengoku Era (1467-1603) of Japan, also as the Warring States Period, and the three men, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, who emerged to restore a sense of political, economic, and social calm throughout the realm.

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Education and Budo


Michael Wert, Associate Professor, Marquette University examines the Budō in Japanese education discusses potential ethical problems that might arise.

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Violence and Democracy in Imperial Japan


Dr. Eiko Maruko Siniawer of Williams College examines violence and democracy in imperial Japan.

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The Many Faces of Kamishibai (Japanese Paper Theater): Past, Present, and Future


Dr. Tara M. McGowan explores the past, present, and future of Kamishibai, Japanese Paper Theater.

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Are the Japanese People Religious?


Professor Helen Hardacre analyzes the question of whether the Japanese are religious through historic and cultural lenses.

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Origami in the Classroom: Where Every Child Counts!


Practical tips and techniques for using origami in the elementary classroom.

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Social Media and the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011


Examination of the role social media played in communication after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident of March 11, 2011. The article explores the relationship between "scientific communication" and "ordinary communication."

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Recent Trends In Education Reform in Japan – The Impact on International Comparisons on Educational Policy


Essay summarizing recent trends in Japanese education reform, which is particularly relevant in light of the release of the 2009 PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) scores on Dec. 7. Japan’s education policies this past decade have been influenced by Japan’s performance on tests comparing the educational skills of its students, including PISA.

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