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One the most wondrous questions I received after a conference paper came from a professor who asked me if I had seen the HBO series “Driftwood”.  He meant to say Deadwood, but I got what he was getting at. I actually liked the question … Continue reading

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Talking Shit with my Students

Apologies for not posting anything for the past couple of months. Along with dissertation writing, I have had trouble managing my teaching load. I have a new class in modern Japanese history and am reworking an older class on the … Continue reading

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The “Bright Life” of the 1964 Olympic Movement

Sometimes it pays to surf library shelves.  When searching for materials on the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, I came across a series of English language news magazines that publicized how the Tokyo Metropolitan Government  was addressing the environmental problems in the … Continue reading

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