The summer of Covid-19 has brought many changes to our lives, obviously. For me, it meant not being able to get to Japan, Sweden, Qatar, and Hawaii, which were all on the docket for summer travel/work. Instead, I have been working on moving my classes online and, in the process, have also made some revisions to this site. The most significant change is the addition of a page focused on my teaching. It has links to some of the online resources I have been developing for teaching in the Fall 2020 semester.
I have also had some time to go over various photographs, including the one here, which was taken overlooking Hiroshima by my father in the 1950s during his trip to Japan with the US Army Field Band.
Summer in Japan at Waseda was great, as always. I have no real reason to post this other than the fact that for some absurd reason, the IT department at my university will archive my website if I don’t do something to it at least once a year. So here it is–I’m doing something to it…
Just back from the Association for Asian Studies meetings in Washington, DC. Great time seeing old friends and also a good panel put on by Holly Didi Ogren and Edwin Everhardt on Sunday morning. Small audience, but an excellent discussion about localization and the symbolic meanings and strategic uses of borders in Japan and Hong Kong.
I’m looking forward to next week’s trip to DC for the 2018 Association for Asian Studies meetings. I’m a discussant on a panel entitled “Producing Localness in the Everyday” that looks at processes of globalization and localization in Japan.
This site is devoted to my studies on the lifeways of the northern six prefectures on Japan’s main island of Honshu–the region known as Tōhoku. I have included a list of my publications that focus entirely or in part on the region, as well as many photographs that I have taken while spending time there over the past 30 years. Tōhoku is one of my favorite places on earth, a place that I enjoy not only for the warmth of its people and its natural beauty, but also for its high-tech industries and its fascinating history. Please browse and enjoy the site and let me know if you find it interesting–or even if you don’t.