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Hanamori Yasuji and the politics of post-war Japanese culture

Hirotaka Kasai discussed the work of Japanese magazine editor Hanamori Yasuji and the politics of everyday life in postwar and contemporary Japan.


In Memoriam: Professor Donald McCallum

Professor Donald McCallum, a distinguished Professor of Japanese Art History at UCLA and a longtime member of the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, passed away on October 23, 2013 after battling sudden metastatic prostate cancer.


Center Co-sponsors Exhibit in Berlin on Earthquake Reconstruction in Japan

This exhibition takes a critical look at the reconstruction and recovery efforts by presenting the work of ArchiAid, a reconstruction support network of Japanese architects formed in response to the large-scale official recovery strategy.


Rebirth of Japanese studies at UCLA

After being weakened by attrition and recession, Japanese studies at UCLA has been renewed through appointments of prominent junior faculty and a new focus on culture and the humanities.


Complicite and Setagaya Public Theatre: Shun-kin - West Coast Premiere

Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA presents Shun-kin -an intense sadomasochistic relationship between shamisen player Shun-kin and her devoted servant reveals the dark, erotic side of human nature. In Japanese with English Surtitles. Based on the writings of Jun’ichiro Tanizaki / Directed by Simon McBurney / Original Music by Honjo Hidetaro Cast: Kaho Aso, Songha Cho, Eri Fukatsu, Honjoh Hidetaro, Kentaro Mizuki, Yasuyo Mochizuki, Yoshi Oida, Keitoku Takata, Ryoko Tateishi, Junko Uchida


Hitoshi Abe's architectural works on display at MOCA

Terasaki Center Director Hitoshi Abe's architectural works will be exhibited at the upcoming show, A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California, at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from from June 16-September 16.


Terasaki Center looks to the future of Japanese studies

International collaboration and funding arise as main issues for scholars at the Annual Forum.


Terasaki Center Celebrates Career of UCLA Japanese History Professor Herman Ooms


The post-Fukushima world: Interconnected and fragile

Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, former Chairman of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (2011–2012), and Professor Hitoshi Abe, Director of the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, addressed different aspects of the post-Fukushima world in a symposium on March 22, 2013.


In Memoriam: George Aratani (1918-2013)

A successful businessman and philanthropist, Aratani endowed the George and Sakaye Aratani Field Experience Scholarship Endowment Fund at the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies


Moving Forward: Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake - Global Agenda in Post Fukushima & Reconstruction Efforts of Japanese Architects

"Fukushima Nuclear Accident awakened us." -- Come listen to Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa on March 22 as he gives his thought and experiences while acting as the Chair of the Independent Investigation Commission by the National Diet of Japan. Immediately following is a colloquium about the numerous reconstruction efforts of Japanese architects during the past two years.


METAMORPHOSIS - Film by Jun Hori (Feb. 28 from 2pm)

Documentary about the nuclear situation in the U.S. and Japan


The Newly-elected Abe Administration and its Policies - Feb. 27 at 4:15 PM in Royce 306

On December 26th, Shinzo Abe of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party assumed the post of Prime Minister for the second time. Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles, Jun Niimi, comes to UCLA to give a presentation detailing the results and implications of the recent national poll.


Students, faculty, staff, and donors come together to celebrate the New Year at the Terasaki Center Annual Shinnenkai


Rafu Shimpo Overview of Language and Culture of Ikema from Miyako Island of Okinawa

LET’S DANCE THE ‘KUICHA’ - UCLA lecture filled with the song and spirit of traditional Okinawan culture.


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Japan Center Podcasts

  • The Politics of Arts in Edo Culture
    Japanese historian Katsuya Hirano explains how urban popular culture undermined Japan's Tokugawa regime. Listen to the podcast of Hirano's lecture.
  • Japan's Activist Courts
    NYU legal scholar Frank Upham, this semester a visiting professor at UCLA, explains why judicial activism is more prevalent in Japan than in the United States. Listen to a podcast of his lecture.
  • Bombing as the American Way of War
    Mark Selden explains how U.S. bombing raids of Japanese cities in World War II would determine military tactics decades after 'the Good War.' Listen to a podcast of Selden's lecture.