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Public Lecture on Ainu Representation @ Macalester (9/19)

I couldn’t be more excited to be delivering a public lecture at Macalester College on September 19th. If you are interested in blending Art History, Asian Studies, and Indigenous Studies, I encourage you to come. My talk is titled “Indigenous Modernity in Hokkaido, Japan: the Complexities of Ainu Representation in Photography and Illustration” and is…

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Gachapon & Middle State Publishing

For curious eyes, I just published a brief essay titled “Should You Pull?: Gachapon, Risk, and Reward in Mobile Gaming” with First Person Scholar. I’m trying to historicize plastic capsule toy vending machines in Japan, or gachapon, while also thinking forward to their application in mobile games as a monetary model. The essay brings together…

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Presentation at Global Digital Humanities Symposium

Time flies not when you are having fun, but when midterm season is approaching! In light of exam craziness, I’m quite excited to be giving a lightning paper next week at the Global Digital Humanities Symposium at Michigan State University. While I have been pretty involved in digital humanities since I was a graduate student,…

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Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima @ St. Olaf (April 15, 6pm)

This Friday, director Toko Shiiki and composer Erik Santos will be screening and talking about their documentary Threshold: Whispers from Fukushima. If you are in the area, the event is free and open to public and will be followed by a Q&A and refreshments. Threshold is an award-winning documentary that examines the experience of several…

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Translation of Takashina Erika’s chapter on Yamamoto Hōsui’s Urashima

This has been in development for what seems like forever, but I am thrilled that my translation of Takashina Erika‘s essay “Sea of Hybridization: In Dispute over Urashima” (異種交配の海―「浦島」をめぐって) from the third chapter of her book The Sea Beyond: Hōsui, Seiki, Tenshin, and the West (異界の海 ―芳翠・清輝・天心における西洋) is now available and online as part of…

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Pace Prints: A Master Printer’s Perspective

Pace Prints: A Master Printer’s Perspective is currently on display at St. Olaf College’s Flaten Art Museum! The show opened on September 10th (so I am a bit late with the update), but it is open until November 8th. Still plenty of time to check out these amazing prints. Here is the official blurb:   Fine art…

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A Prototype of the Future from the Past: Noritaka Minami’s 1972 Kickstarter

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The video above is self-explanatory, but an amazing artist and dear friend of mine, Noritaka Minami,  needs help funding his photobook titled 1972, which explores the Nakagin Capsule Tower (中銀カプセルタワー, Nakagin Kapuseru Tawā) designed by Kurokawa Kisho (1934-2007) located in Chuo-ku, Tokyo. The tower embodied a vision for modern living enabled by Japan’s economic bubble,…

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Recomposition

It is that time of year again! This year’s annual Visual Studies Graduate Conference, themed “Recomposition,” is taking place at UC Irvine on April 3rd in Humanities Gateway 1030. Several colleagues of mine will be presenting papers if you are in the area. The conference adopts the following interpretation of “recomposition”: This theme explores cultural…

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