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Centre for Japanese Studies

A cross-cultural centre A cross-cultural centre

In May 2011, UEA established a new Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS). Located within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA, the Centre for Japanese Studies leads and coordinates Japan-related teaching and research at the University.

CJS will help students interested in studying about Japan access a wide range of expertise across the University and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

CJS is dedicated to developing a centre of excellence in Japanese studies at UEA, whilst stimulating the highest quality interdisciplinary research on Japan in Norwich.

The Centre encourages the study of Japanese Arts, Language and Culture through a wide range of interdisciplinary degrees. Our world-class research networks aim to develop a deeper understanding of Japan and its place in the wider world of the past, present and future.

Over the coming months, we will be posting a weekly e-bulletin detailing the ongoing COVID19 situation in Japan as well as recommendations for Japan-related activities that anyone can do from home. The latest edition and back copies can be found on our CJS Newsletters page.

Our Japanese-language guide to UEA can be found here.


Beyond Japan: A CJS Podcast Beyond Japan: A CJS Podcast

The Centre for Japanese Studies is proud to announce the launch of our new Beyond Japan podcast series in response to the COVID19 crisis. We aim to bring you the latest developments in the various specialist fields of our colleagues ranging from archaeology to film studies. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest updates, or subscribe to our mailing list at for exclusive access to MP3s.

Beyond Japan Ep. #3: Japan's International Relations

With Dr Ra Mason, UEA

This week we are joined by Dr Ra Mason, Sasakawa Lecturer in International Relations and Japanese Foreign Policy at the University of East Anglia who will introduce us to the dynamic and nuanced world of Japan's International Relations.

You can view Ra's UEA research profile here.

For previous episodes, see our full playlist.

2020 Summer Schools 2020 Summer Schools

Unfortunately, due to COVID19, the summer schools have been postponed until 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Information on the summer schools can still be found on the Summer Study at UEA website.

To supplement the summer schools this year, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures is inviting applications for a special Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies. The application deadline is Wednesday 22 July.

The Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies will include a guided and interactive exploration of digital resources available for the field, including the Ishibashi Foundation Lecture Series held in Japan from 2014-2018, and an opportunity to engage with the production of a review of the future of Japanese cultural studies outside Japan, building on an international conference on this theme held in Norwich in 2017. The Academic Director of the Online Summer Programme is Professor Simon Kaner, Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute and Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at UEA, and the programme will offer the chance for digital encounters with academics from both organisations. There will also be opportunities to engage online with participants from around the world and to join the network of young specialists who have taken part in the Japan Orientation Summer School and the Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship in previous years. Participants who engage with all aspects of the programme will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

TIFO Japan Orientation Scholarship

Ishibashi Foundation Scholarship

MA Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies MA Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies

The Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities is delighted to announce the launch of our new MA programme in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies beginning this September. More information can be found here. Watch our MA video to learn more about the course from the lecturers themselves.

The course will be run in collaboration with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture.

On 1 July, we hosted a live Q&A Day on Twitter to give you the chance to ask course organisers & admissions staff directly any questions you may have about the course. We had good engagement from potential applicants with questions ranging from module reading lists to what educational backgrounds apply. Check our twitter for all the facts. If you have any further questions, ask us directly at

MA Canary

To promote our new MA, we have a flock of origami canaries decorated with the themes of our programme and life in Norwich taking flight. You can download the cutouts here, print them out and follow our step-by-step origami guide on YouTube to make your very own canary. Happy folding!

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CJS e-Newsletter

In response to COVID-19, CJS has dedicated its resources to bringing up-to-date information on how Japan is handling the crisis, with on-the-ground reports from our colleagues overseas, concise compiling of the latest English and Japanese language news reports and thematic recommendations of Japanese books, film and more from our expert CJS colleagues. Please see our Newsletters page for all issues.

Our latest issue is July 2020 1(2) Newsletter (PDF) . External visitors can read online here.

As the easing of the lockdown begins, we aim to keep bringing you monthly issues while we work on preparing the new MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies for the upcoming academic year. We hope you enjoyed our weekly issues and will continue to follow our monthly updates.

CJS Blog CJS Blog

Welcome to our CJS blog, where you can find out about all the latest Japan-related events that CJS has been engaged in. For a complete account of the events of last semester, download a copy of our CJS Winter 2020 Newsletter. For up-to-date information on current research and events, follow our e-newsletter.

The Lion & the Sun: New Perspectives on Late 19th and Early 20th Century Anglo-Japanese Military Relations

An Online CJS Research Seminar

Thurs 25 June

After a long, COVID19-induced hiatus, CJS is proud to announce the return of the CJS Research Seminar in online form. This symposium forms the first event hosted as part of the UEA supported Japan Society for the Promotion of Science ‘Kakenhi’ project: “Old Friends, New Partners: New Perspectives on Anglo Japanese Military Relations in the Modern Era” led by Thomas French (Ritsumeikan University). The project examines contemporary and historical peacetime military ties between Japan and the United Kingdom and their various political, technical, strategic, cultural, and social influences and legacies. Combining UEA and external faculty, this symposium covers topics spanning from the Bakumatsu era to the early years of the twentieth century. The participating researchers include:

Dr. Ra Mason [UEA] Chair

Prof. Thomas French [Ritsumeikan University] Silent Sentries - Writing the British Garrison of Yokohama (1864-1875) back into the History of the Bakumatsu and Early Meiji Eras

Dr. Cees Heere [Leiden University] "Another England at our doors": The British Empire, Japan, and the coming of the 'Pacific Age', 1895-1905

Prof. Oleg Benesch [York University] Military Maneuvers as Public Spectacle in Imperial Japan and the UK

Dr. Sherzod Muminov [UEA] Discussant

Dr. Nadine Willems [UEA] Discussant

The presentations are now online and available to watch here. If you have any questions you would like asked in the discussion, please leave a comment or email us at The discussion is available on the CJS YouTube channel. Thomas French's presentation is also available to view.

CJS Research Seminar: Extending Virtual Kyoto with Professor Keiji Yano

On 5 March, we were visited by Professor Keiji Yano of Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, who gave a talk on his long-running project 'Virtual Kyoto'.

Virtual Kyoto is a virtual time-space created on a computer for the purpose of investigating the past, present and future of the historical city of Kyoto, using the cutting-edge technologies in GIS and VR. (Yano et al., 2008). Professor Yano explained how Virtual Kyoto has evolved into various ways since 2002, adapting new technologies as well as new materials on Kyoto. This was demonstrated through stunning visuals of the street-by-street reconstructions of central Kyoto, the incredible amount of information and source material that had been used to put together such a detailed reconstruction that spanned several eras. This included not just key landmarks such as Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace, but also the 50,000 traditional kyo-machiya houses that dot the city with meticulous accuracy as well as many industrial era Western-style buildings.

The talk also covered the various spin-off projects that had derived from Virtual Kyoto, including: an Augemented Reality smartphone app that provides a window into Virtual Kyoto as you walk the streets of Kyoto yourself; an open high-resolution database of historic maps; and high quality scans of modern buildings throughout the city.







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