Colloquium – Mt. Togakushi and the Case of the Nine-Headed Dragon

Published: February 20, 2015

The worship of mountains has long been central to religious thought and practice in Japan, yet little attention has been paid as to how certain mountains on the archipelago came to be perceived as numinous sites. What inspired this designation and what cultural elements guided their formation into centers of social, economic, and spiritual power?…

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Waseda University’s Japanese Culture Studies

Published: February 9, 2015

The purpose of this collaborative Japanese Studies program is to examine Japanese culture from a global perspective. In order to accomplish this, it is necessary to spread research conducted at Waseda University to the rest of the world and adopt research methods from overseas partners. See the full article

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Professor Robert Buswell’s dictionary wins top reference prize

Published: February 4, 2015

“The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism” co-authored by Robert E. Buswell, Jr., of UCLA and Donald S. Lopez, Jr., of the University of Michigan, has won the prestigious 2015 Dartmouth Medal for outstanding reference work of the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world.The bronze medal, a…

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Professor Michael Emmerich heads up new Japanese studies program

Published: November 25, 2014

A recent $2.5 million gift from Tadashi Yanai, CEO of Uniqlo, one of the world’s fastest-growing clothing retailers, will fund a unique collaborative program between UCLA and Waseda University in Japan. The new initiative will support graduate student exchanges, visiting scholars and cultural figures from Japan, and annual workshops and symposia over the next six…

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2nd International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association

Published: October 17, 2014

October 17-19, 2014 Plenary speakers: Deirdre Wilson (University of London), Gregory Ward (Northwestern University), Agnes He (SUNY Stony Brook), Kent Bach (San Francisco State University). Registration will reopen on the first day of the conference and stay open for the duration of the conference. Please note that in order to register on-site you will need…

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Gift from top international businessman will propel Japanese studies at UCLA

Published: October 15, 2014

A $2.5 million gift from Tadashi Yanai, the chairman, president and CEO of global apparel retailer Fast Retailing and founder of Uniqlo, will help transform UCLA’s Department of Asian Languages and Cultures into one of the world’s leading centers for the study of Japanese literature and culture. See the full article

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ALC Distinguished Undergraduate Award

Published: June 14, 2014

Congratulations to Samantha Seo and Amber Murakami-Fester, the winners of the ALC Distinguished Undergraduate Award 2014!           Amber Murakami-Fester earned the award for Best Paper in the Study of Japanese Culture. Samantha Seo earned the award for Best Paper in the Study of Korean Culture.    

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