Throughout U-M's academic year, the Center for Japanese Studies hosts numerous Japan scholars and specialists who provide educational presentations under CJS Thursday Lecture Series and Special Lecture programs. Additionally, guest and faculty speakers often generously extend accessibility to their work by granting CJS permission to video-record and provide free public access to their lectures.
2018 Event Videos
Angry Spirits and Urban Soundscapes in Ancient Japan
PLAY | Michael Como (Toshu Fukami Associate Professor of Shinto Studies, Columbia University), October 18, 2018
Tradition and Innovation in English-language Noh, "Blue Moon Over Memphis"
PLAY | Mariko Anno, Associate Professor (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ethnomusicology), October 11, 2018
Social and Political Lives of Japanese Cherry Blossoms
PLAY | Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney (William F. Vilas Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison), October 4, 2018
Cheerful Disguise of Japanese Militarism: Geisha's Performances in the 1930’s
PLAY | Mariko Okada (Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, J.F. Oberlin University, Tokyo, Japan), September 20, 2018
The Big House" Project: How and Why We Made the Documentary in Observational Method and Style
PLAY | Kazuhiro Soda (Peabody Award-winning Filmmaker), September 13, 2018
Murakami Haruki: Whatever Works
PLAY | Jay Rubin (Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature, Harvard University), April 12, 2018
Dancing Ground Zeroes in Japan and the United States: Eiko & Koma’s Transnational Choreographies of the Nuclear
PLAY | Rosemary Candelario (Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University), April 5, 2018
Embodied Memory and Affective Imagination: Experiencing Food Allergies in Contemporary Japan
PLAY | Emma Cook (Associate Professor, Modern Japanese Studies Program, Hokkaido University, Japan), March 15, 2018
A Woman’s Network in Japan around 1800
PLAY | Bettina Gramlich-Oka (Professor of Japanese History, Sophia University, Tokyo), February 22, 2018
Imperial Japan and the Nature of Borders in Occupied Inner Mongolia
PLAY | Sakura Christmas (Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies, Bowdoin College), February 15, 2018
Japanese Economy: Successful Recovery, Challenges, Foreign Policy, and US Relations
PLAY | Shujiro Urata (Dean and Professor of Economics, Graduate School Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University), February 9, 2018
Japan-U.S. Relations in the Changing World: North Korea, China, and America First
PLAY | Naoyuki Agawa (Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Doshisha University), February 2, 2018
A History of Distant Reading in Japan
PLAY | Hoyt Long (Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, University of Chicago), February 1, 2018
Magic Numbers in Shinto Rituals and Music
PLAY | William Malm (Professor Emeritus of Music (Music History and Musicology), U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance), January 25, 2018
Care as Labor, Care as Ethics: Feminism and the Documentaries of Kamanaka Hitomi
PLAY | Margherita Long )Associate Professor, East Asian Language & Literature, UC Irvine), January 18, 2018
The Economy of Fear in Nineteenth-Century Japan
PLAY | David Howell (Professor of Japanese History, Chair Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University), January 11, 2018
Eating Contests in Early Modern Japanese Entertainment Media
PLAY | Eric Rath (2017-2018 Toyota Visiting Professor, Professor, History Department, University of Kansas), December 7, 2017
Impending Cultural Collapse? - Current Transformations in Japan’s Traditional Art Markets
PLAY | Paul Allan Berry (Professor, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan), November 30, 2017
Ainu Indigenous Modernity in Settler Japan
PLAY | ann-elise lewallen (Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC-Santa Barbara) November 16, 2017
Dynasties and Democracy in Japan
PLAY | Daniel Smith (Associate Professor, Department of Government, Harvard University), October 26, 2017
Visible Rhymes, Inaudible Echoes: Script and Sound in the Sinitic Poetry of Modern Japan
PLAY | Matthew Fraleigh (Associate Professor of East Asian Literature and Culture, Brandeis University), October 10, 2017
Exploring Classical Mokuhanga Printmaking Using Laser-engraving and Bit-map Data
PLAY | Endi Poskovic (Professor of Art and Design, University of Michigan), October 5, 2017.
The Center for Japanese Studies - A 70 Year Legacy of Engaged Learning
PLAY | September 28, 2017
Visual Narrative of Japan and Self
PLAY | Steven Geofrey Braun (Data Analytics/Visualization Specialist, Northeastern University Libraries), September 21, 2017
Thirty-Six Views of the Eiffel Tower
PLAY | Christopher Bush (Associate Professor of French & Comparative Literary Studies, Northwestern University), April 6, 2017
The Slow Way Home: Civic Engagement and Walkability in Japanese Neighborhoods
PLAY | Leonard Schoppa (Professor of Politics, University of Virginia), March 9, 2017
Suffering Sobriety: Alcoholism and Masculinity in Japan
PLAY | Paul Christensen (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology), February 23, 2017
What is Rakugo? Invitation to the 400-year-old Art of Japanese Storytelling
PLAY | Yanagiya Sankyo 柳家さん喬, Yanagiya Kyonosuke 柳家喬之助 (Rakugo Storytellers), February 16, 2017
The Power of Observation: How and Why I Make "Observational" Documentaries
PLAY | Kazuhiro Soda (Toyota Professor in Residence), February 9, 2017
Alt Manga, Queer Manga: Telling Our Own Stories
PLAY | Erica Friedman (Independent Researcher and Founder of Yuricon), January 19, 2017
Japan-US Leadership in Asia-Pacific: Making a New Trade Architecture in the Region
PLAY | Yorizumi Watanabe (Professor, Keio University), December 7, 2016
Staged Seduction: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club
PLAY | Akiko Takeyama (Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas), November 10, 2016
Traditionalizing Preservation: Protection of Intangible Cultural Properties in Japan
PLAY | Mariko Okada (Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, J.F. Oberlin University, Tokyo, Japan), November 3, 2016
Japanese Imperial Maps: Collections of Gaihozu in Japan and in the United States
PLAY | Shigeru Kobayashi [Professor (Emeritus), Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University], October 27, 2016
Japan's Policy for Protecting Cultural Properties:History, Current State and Challenges
PLAY | Tadahito Tsutsui (Technical Official, Fine Arts Division, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan), October 20, 2016
From Security to Refuge: Visibility and Vulnerability in Japanese Cinema
PLAY | Philip Kaffen (Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow of East Asian Studies, New York University), October 6, 2016
Personal Guarantees by SME Owners in Japan
PLAY | Takeo Hoshi (Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi Senior Fellow in Japanese Studies at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Director of the Japan Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University), September 22, 2016
Girls Are Not Bound By Thermodynamics: Anime Ecology
PLAY | Ryan Cook (Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies, Emory University), April 14, 2016
Becoming a Papermaker: Perspectives from Japan
PLAY | Aimee Lee (Artist-in-Residence, Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, Ohio), March 17, 2016
The Ecology of the Future: An Ethnography of the Post-Fukushima Sea
PLAY | Satsuki Takahashi (Toyota Visiting Professor, Center for Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan; Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, George Mason University), March 10, 2016
Emotional Rhetoric and the Sinking of the Ehime Maru
PLAY | David Leheny (CJS Toyota Visiting Professor; Henry Wendt III ‘55 Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University), February 18, 2016
Japan Twang! 300 Years of Tsugaru-jamisen in 90 Minutes
PLAY | Michiyoshi Sato (Shamisen Player), February 13, 2016
The 'History Wars' and the 'Comfort Woman' Issue: Revisionism and the Right-Wing in Contemporary Japan
PLAY | Tomomi Yamaguchi, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Montana State University), February 11, 2016
Medical Error in Japan: A Subsurface Tangle of Law and Politics
PLAY | Robert B Leflar (Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Legal Advocacy; Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences), February 4, 2016
Ishinomaki City, Japan: A Case Study of Community Revitalization in the Post-Industrial Era
PLAY | Shunsuke Iwai (creative director at a top global technology firm in California), and Ben Matsuzaki (President, Herman Miller Japan), January 28, 2016
Saving 10,000: Beyond Seppuku: A Multidisciplinary Context to Suicide in Japan
PLAY | Four brief presentations by Japanese Studies experts and University of Michigan faculty members. Seppuku is a ritual form of suicide that was traditionally used by samurai.
Presentations followed by a panel discussion. February 5, 2015
Noon Lecture Series
The Buddha's Shadow: The Hidden God of Medieval Japan
PLAY | Bernard Faure (Kao Professor in Japanese Religion, Columbia University), November 12, 2015
Creating the Most Interesting Town in the World: Community Development in the Aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
PLAY | Gota Matsumura(Director and Co-Founder, Ishinomaki 2.0), October 22, 2015
Farmers in Flux: The Causes and Political-Economic Consequences of Japan’s Changing Agricultural Landscape
PLAY | Patricia Maclachlan (Associate Professor of Government and Asian Studies, University of Texas-Austin), November 5, 2015
The Performance Practice of Noh
PLAY | David Crandall (Independent Translator, Writer, and Composer), October 29, 2015
The Japan-U.S. Alliance and the Sino-ROK "Entente": The Changing Security Environment of East Asia
PLAY | Masashi Nishihara (President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security), October 16, 2015
The Role of Language Education Vis-à-vis the Globalized New Era
PLAY | Suzuko Nishihara [Executive Director, Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute (PhD, Linguistics, 1970, U-M)], October 15, 2015
The Gods Make You Giggle: Finding Religion in Japanese Picture Books
PLAY | Heather Blair (Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University), October 8, 2015
Roots of Japanese Studies in the USA: Anthropology, War, and CJS at Michigan
PLAY | Katsumi Nakao (2014-15 Toyota Visiting Professor, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan; Professor of Liberal Arts (history and anthropology), J.F. Oberlin University, Tokyo), April 2, 2015
The Role of Family Physicians After the March 11, 2011 Tsunami Disaster in Japan
PLAY | Yukishige Ishibashi (MD, Director, Ishibashi Clinic; Director, Japanese Primary Care Association), March 12, 2014
Six Decades of Japan Social Science
PLAY | Ezra Vogel (Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University), November 12, 2014
Noon Lecture Series
The Paralympic Movement, Disability, and Sports in Postwar Japan
PLAY | Dennis Frost (Wen Chao Chen Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Kalamazoo College), November 13, 2014
Printing Salvation: Sacred Images and Kannon Sites in Japan
PLAY | Sherry Fowler (Associate Professor, Art History, University of Kansas), November 6, 2014
Characteristics of the Rebellious Youth in Japan
PLAY | David Antoine Malinas (Associate Professor, East Asian Studies, Paris Diderot – Paris 7 University), October 30, 2014
From Geisha to Activist: Sumiya Koume (1850-1920) and the Gender System in Modern Japan
PLAY | Marnie Anderson (Associate Professor, History, Smith College), October 2, 2014
Southward Bound: Voyage Narratives of the Japanese Immigration to Brazil
PLAY | Seth Jacobowitz (Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University), September 25, 2014
Ritual Song in Heian Japan: Shomyo and Shirabyoshi
PLAY | Makiko Sakurai (Songwriter/Vocalist (Tendai Ohara Chant)/Performer (Shirabyoshi Dance), September 18, 2014
Single Mothers and Poverty in Japan: The Role of Living Arrangements
PLAY | James Raymo (Professor, Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison), April 10, 2014
Thought Policing or Protection of Youth? Debates around Fictional Child Characters in Japanese Popular Culture
PLAY | Mark McLelland (Australian Research Council Future Fellow; Professor, Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Wollongong; 2007-08 Toyota Visiting Professor), April 3, 2014
Nikkei and the Construction of a Multicultural Brazil
PLAY | Jeffrey Lesser (Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Latin American History; Chair, History Department, Emory University), February 27, 2014
The Greatest Pirate in Japan
PLAY | Peter Shapinsky (Associate Professor, History, University of Illinois - Springfield), February 20, 2014
Hands of a Goze (Blind Female Musician) -- The Tactile Culture of Visually Impaired People in Modern Japan
PLAY | Kojiro Hirose (Visiting Scholar, University of Chicago; Associate Professor, Graduate University for Advanced Studies and National Musuem of Ethnology, Osaka), January 30, 2014
Kyomai and Postwar Japan: Construction of Cultural Memory in Kyoto
PLAY | Mariko Okada (Visiting Scholar, CJS; Recipient of the 2013 Suntory Prize for the Social Sciences and Humanities), January 23, 2014
Noon Lecture Series
America’s Role in Making Japan’s Economic Miracle: New Evidence for a Landmark Case
PLAY | Yusaku Horiuchi (Associate Professor, Government, Dartmouth College), November 21, 2013
The Painting of Sadness?: The Beginnings and Ends of Nihonga
PLAY | Chelsea Foxwell (Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Chicago), November 13, 2013
Cogito Ergo Proxy: Radical Doubt in Japanese Anime
PLAY | Earl Jackson, Jr. (Professor, Foreign Languages & Literature, National Chiao Tung University), November 7, 2013
A Conversation with Ogawa Pro Member Toshio Iizuka
PLAY | Toshio Iizuka (Film Director) and Markus Nornes (Chair and Professor, Screen Arts & Cultures; Professor, Asian Languages & Cultures, Art & Design, U-M), October 24, 2013
"Out Gays” or “Shameless Gays”? What Gets Lost, and What is Gained, when U.S. Queer Theory is Translated into Japanese?
PLAY | J. Keith Vincent (2013-14 Toyota Visiting Professor; Associate Professor, Japanese and Comparative Literature, Boston University), October 17, 2013
Drying Earth: Current Global Water Issues & Provisions, and the Possibility of U.S.-Japan Cooperation in the Field of Global Water Issues
PLAY | Kazunari Yoshimura (President, Global Water Japan)
Co-sponsored by Consulate General of Japan in Detroit
October 10, 2013
Noon Lecture Series
Housewives and Salarymen in Postbubble Japan: Are We Facing a Changing Gender Contract?
PLAY | Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni (Professor/Chair, Sociology, Anthropology, and East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University; 2005-06 Toyota Visiting Professor, CJS), March 14, 2013.
Scream from the Shadows: The Women's Liberation Movement in Japan
PLAY | Setsu Shigematsu (Assistant Professor, Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside), February 21, 2013.
Noon Lecture Series
Dancing the Tradition and Conserving the Arts: Kyomai in Kyoto's Geisha Quarter
PLAY | Mariko Okada (2012-13 Toyota Professor in Residence, Center for Japanese Studies), November 15, 2012.
Modern-Day Hermits: The Story of Hikikomori in Japan and Beyond
PLAY | Alan Teo, M.D. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, University of Michigan Health System), November 8, 2012.
The Five-Element Pagoda & Changing Concepts of the Dead in Medieval Japan
PLAY | Hank Glassman (Associate Professor, East Asian Studies, Haverford College), October 11, 2012.
Is Immigration Necessary for Japan? Workers, Growth, and the Philosophies of Immigration
PLAY | John Skrentny (Director, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies; Professor, Sociology, University of California - San Diego), October 4, 2012.
The Concept of Persona in Bioethics and the Philosophy of Tetsuro Watsuji
PLAY | Masahiro Morioka (Professor, Sustainable System Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University), September 20, 2012.
Noon Lecture Series
The Fukushima Disaster: Law, Politics, and Compensation in Japan
PLAY | Eric A. Feldman (Deputy Dean and Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School), April 12, 2012.
Parody & Satire in Shunga: Takehara Shunchosai's Pillow Book for the Young (1776)
PLAY | Andrew Gerstle (Professor, Japanese Studies, SOAS, University of London), April 5, 2012.
The History of Yesterday: Japan from the Lehman Shock to the Aftermath of March 11
PLAY | Andrew Gordon (Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University), March 29, 2012.
ANPO: Art X War in Havoc's Wake
PLAY | Linda Hoaglund (Filmmaker), March 22, 2012.
Modern Cities and Filmmaking in Japan Around 1910: Differences Between Tokyo and Kyoto
PLAY | Manabu Ueda (Research Associate, Waseda University), March 8, 2012.
Golden Age to Nuclear Nightmare: The Past, Present, and Future of the Fukushima Disaster
PLAY | Daniel Aldrich (Associate Professor, Political Science, Purdue University), February 23, 2012.
On the Creation of a National Collection of Japanese Ceramics in the 1870s
PLAY | Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere (Research Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures), February 16, 2012.
Takagi Kenmyo and Buddhist Socialism: A Meiji Misfit and Martyr
PLAY | Paul Swanson (Permanent Fellow, Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture; Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Nanzan University), February 9, 2012.
Picturing Hachiman: Using the Past to Serve the Present
PLAY | Melanie Trede (2011-12 Toyota Visiting Professor, CJS), January 26, 2012.
Japan-U.S. Economic Relations
PLAY | Kuninori Matsuda (Consul General of Japan in Detroit), January 19, 2012.
Noon Lecture Series
Fukushima's Victories and Victims: The Fateful Alliance of Japanese Soccer & Nuclear Power
PLAY | Elise Edwards (Associate Professor, Anthropology, Butler University), November 3, 2011.
Time and Space in Japanese Music
PLAY | William Malm (Emeritus Professor, Ethnomusicology, University of Michigan), October 27, 2011.
Strategies of Camouflage: Suzuki Norio's Photographs of Onoda Hiroo (1974) and Tsukada Mamoru's Identical Twins Series (2003)
PLAY | Ayelet Zohar (Lecturer, History of Art & Asian Studies, University of Haifa), October 20, 2011.
We Came to Deliver What You Have Forgotten: Studio Ghibli as Producer of Cultural Memory
PLAY | Reinhard Zoellner (Professor, Japanese Studies, University of Bonn), October 13, 2011.
Future of Regional Liquidity Arrangement in E. Asia: Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis
PLAY | William Grimes (Professor, International Relations & Political Science, Boston University), October 6, 2011.
Noon Lecture Series
Psychology in Natsume Sōseki's Mon
PLAY | Michael Bourdaghs (Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago), April 14, 2011.
Legal and Social Responses to Children Living with Their Abused Mothers
PLAY | Yukiko Tsunoda (Professor, Law, Meiji University; Lawyer, Tanaka & Partners), March 24, 2011. (Co-sponsored by the U-M Law School's Japanese Legal Studies Program.)
Encounters with the Other Through the Medium of Oil Painting: Italian, Mexican, and Chinese Figures by the "Western Painters" of Modern Japan
PLAY | Bert Winther-Tamaki (Associate Professor, Art History, University of California, Irvine), March 17, 2011.
Rethinking the "Post-Defeat" Discursive Space: Censorship during the Occupation Period
PLAY | Richi Sakakibara (Associate Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University), February 24, 2011.
Dining and Daydreaming in the Edo Period
PLAY | Eric Rath (Associate Professor, History, University of Kansas), February 17, 2011.
Civic Engagement in Postwar Japan: The Revival of a Defeated Society, 1945-55
PLAY | Rieko Kage (2010-11 Toyota Visiting Professor, CJS; Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Tokyo), February 10, 2011.
The Differential Network Structuration of ACID Polities: Japan's Butterfly State in US and German Comparison
PLAY | Jeffrey Broadbent (Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Minnesota), January 27, 2011.
Noon Lecture Series
Imagination without Borders: Feminist Artist Tomiyama Taeko and Social Responsibility
PLAY | Laura Hein (Professor, History, Northwestern University), December 2, 2010.
Beyond Site/Sight: Art and Disability in Japan and Michigan
PLAY | Sadashi Inuzuka (Professor, Art, School of Art & Design, The University of Michigan), November 18, 2010.
Whither Japan's Invisible Civil Society?
PLAY | Patricia Steinhoff (Professor, Sociology, University of Hawaii), October 28, 2010.
Michizane and Tenjin: The Illustrated Version
PLAY | Robert Borgen (Professor Emeritus, East Asian Languages & Cultures/History, University of California at Davis), October 14, 2010.
Bank Integration and Transmission of Financial Shocks: Evidence from Japan
PLAY | Masami Imai (Associate Professor, Economics, Wesleyan University), October 7, 2010.
Where the Heart Goes Astray: Guilt and Responsibility in Rashōmon and Ikiru
PLAY | Dolores Martinez (Reader, Anthropology, SOAS, University of London), September 30, 2010. (This lecture is part of a series that corresponds with CJS's fall film series, "Re-viewing Kurosawa.")
PLAY | Paul Anderer (Mack Professor of Humanities, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University), September 23, 2010. (This lecture is part of a series that corresponds with CJS's fall film series, "Re-viewing Kurosawa.")
Toyota's Quality Problems: How Serious? What Can We Learn from Them?
PLAY | Robert E. Cole (Emeritus Professor, Haas School of Business and Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Visiting Professor, Institute of Technology, Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness, Doshisha University), September 16, 2010. (Co-sponsored by the U-M Transportation and Research Institute.)
Noon Lecture Series
Hokusai's Great Waves and the Maritime Turn in Japanese Visual Culture
PLAY | Christine Guth (Tutor, History of Design, Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, UK), April 1, 2010.
Children's Ibasho & Adults' Mimamori: Implications of Japanese Concepts to US Child Welfare
PLAY | Sachiko Bamba (Post Doctoral Research Associate, Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), February 11, 2010.
Suicide & Social Self: Youth, Gov., & Pop Culture Responses to Internet Group Suicide in Japan
PLAY | Chikako Ozawa de Silva (Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Emory University), January 28, 2010.
Lost in Transition: Young Workers in Japan's Changed Employment Landscape
PLAY | Mary Brinton (Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University), January 14, 2010. (Co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation's Center for Global Partnership.)