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Professor Richard Talbert explores conceptions of time in Edward F. Arnold Visiting Professor Lecture

Leo Polk , A&E Reporter April 15, 2021

Professor Richard Talbert opened the Arnold Visiting Professor Lecture by asking students “what time is it?” While a knowledge of time is generally taken for granted, Talbert's lecture showed how it...

Review: “Isle of Dogs” is Beautiful but Disappointing

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter May 3, 2018

Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” is a visual spectacle that never quite escapes the stereotypes of a large-budget Hollywood release. Set in a near-future Japan, an authoritarian leader banishes all...

Assistant Professor of History Jakobina Arch released her first book this April on whaling in Early Modern Japan.

From Biology to History: Arch Releases First Book on Whaling in Japan

Ben Kunz , Staff Reporter April 19, 2018

Assistant Professor of History Jakobina Arch studies environmental and Japanese history. Wire reporter Ben Kunz sat down with Professor Arch to discuss her first book, released this month, “Bringing...

Tokyo Triptych: “Tokyo-Ga,” “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo,” and “Sans Soleil”

Vincent Warne November 22, 2014

Japan has always had a rich cinematic history. It has produced some of the all time greatest and most influential directors, including the international cinema giants Kenji Mizoguchi, Akira Kurosawa, and...

“Pastoral: To Die in the Country”: Shuji Terayama’s Autobiographical Fiction

Vincent Warne November 14, 2014

Shuji Terayama's massive creativity far outweighs his recognition, at least in America. Born in 1935, he seemed to have limitless artistic energy, producing avant-garde poetry, drama, prose, photography,...

This past semester at Whitman, I studied not only Japanese language, but also chanoyu (tea ceremony) and Japanese Art and Aesthetics. Here I am dressed in kimono for a chanoyu demonstration.

Four days until I leave for Japan!

Karin Tompkins May 28, 2012

Welcome to my blog, friends, family, and interested parties. I depart for Japan in a little less than a week, so I decided to kick off the blog with a short personal introduction as well as an overview...

My Moment as the Super Talented Foreigner

My Moment as the Super Talented Foreigner

Sara Portesan March 23, 2012

Tokyo, 3/20/12 (pictures pending) The Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo is famous for guess what? Fish! And therefore, sushi (it's Japan, after all). So for breakfast I feasted on fresh, raw fish atop rice...

Slipping out of Japan

Spencer Wharton February 25, 2012

Damn, it happened again. I have this unfortunate tendency to stifle my own writing and put off writing about easy or simple things because I have multiple big ideas for posts, and I feel like I owe it...

You Have a Small Face

You Have a Small Face

Sara Portesan February 5, 2012

  I had to do it. It had been bothering me for weeks, months maybe. My host sister has hair down to her hips, but I can't stand it once it starts to pass my shoulders. But I am also lazy, so I...

On the Surface: Japan

Sara Portesan January 20, 2012

"It's been four months and I've still only just scratched the surface of Japanese culture." "Every time one question is answered, another surfaces." "Japan is more than what it looks like on the surface."...

More than just a good meal

Sara Portesan January 14, 2012

A quick note on the host family experience...   As an only child, I have never and probably will never completely understand what it is like to have a sibling. It is one of the reasons I requested...

Blue Bamboo and a Not Santa

Blue Bamboo and a Not Santa

Sara Portesan December 13, 2011

  Okay, so I am about to attempt to describe the past (three, four?) weeks I haven't been blogging with 12 pictures!  Here we go. Fall Break in Japan   While a bunch of people went...

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