USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture

USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture The USC Ito Center's mission is to promote the study of Japanese culture at USC and beyond The newly named USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture was originally established by the University of Southern California (USC) in September 2011 under the academic auspices of the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
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The center received a $6.6 million endowment gift from the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Organization in Spring of 2014, which has renamed the center in honor of Shinnyo-en’s current leader, Her Holiness Shinso Ito. Shinnyo-en’s support represents one of the largest gifts ever given to a center dedicated to the study of Japan in North America. The center’s mission is to promote the study of Japanese religio

The center received a $6.6 million endowment gift from the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Organization in Spring of 2014, which has renamed the center in honor of Shinnyo-en’s current leader, Her Holiness Shinso Ito. Shinnyo-en’s support represents one of the largest gifts ever given to a center dedicated to the study of Japan in North America. The center’s mission is to promote the study of Japanese religio

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The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens will be presenting Dr. Yurika Wakamatsu, assistant professor o...
06/07/2021

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens will be presenting Dr. Yurika Wakamatsu, assistant professor of East Asian art history at Occidental College, in the event, "Crafting a Literati Utopia in 19th Century Japan: The Plum Blossom Valley at Tsukigase." In this talk, Prof. Wakamatsu will explore Tsukigase, a plum-filled mountain valley in today’s Nara Prefecture that came to be celebrated as a paradisiacal site in nineteenth-century Japan. Tracing Tsukigase’s transformations during this period, Dr. Wakamatsu examines how poets and painters who worked in the Sino-Japanese mode of literati art constructed a fleeting, utopian realm of reclusion by imbuing this remote landscape with imagery drawn from beloved works of Chinese literature.

The event will be held online via Zoom at 4 p.m. (PDT) on June 10. Zoom link will be sent to attendees in registration confirmation email. This event will be recorded.

https://www.huntington.org/events/crafting-literati-utopia-nineteenth-century-japan

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens will be presenting Dr. Yurika Wakamatsu, assistant professor of East Asian art history at Occidental College, in the event, "Crafting a Literati Utopia in 19th Century Japan: The Plum Blossom Valley at Tsukigase." In this talk, Prof. Wakamatsu will explore Tsukigase, a plum-filled mountain valley in today’s Nara Prefecture that came to be celebrated as a paradisiacal site in nineteenth-century Japan. Tracing Tsukigase’s transformations during this period, Dr. Wakamatsu examines how poets and painters who worked in the Sino-Japanese mode of literati art constructed a fleeting, utopian realm of reclusion by imbuing this remote landscape with imagery drawn from beloved works of Chinese literature.

The event will be held online via Zoom at 4 p.m. (PDT) on June 10. Zoom link will be sent to attendees in registration confirmation email. This event will be recorded.

https://www.huntington.org/events/crafting-literati-utopia-nineteenth-century-japan

We are so excited for tomorrow's event with Ta-Nehesi Coates! If you have any questions you would like to ask him in adv...
04/13/2021
Reparations Past and Present: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates > Event Details > USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture

We are so excited for tomorrow's event with Ta-Nehesi Coates! If you have any questions you would like to ask him in advance, please feel free to submit them to [email protected]. We looking forward to tomorrow! https://dornsife.usc.edu/events/site/192/35334966853018/ #reparations #ReparationsNow #BJARepartions

A conversation with journalist, MacArthur Fellow, and National Book Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates. During his tenure as senior editor at The Atlantic, Coates wrote the influential 2014 essay “The Case for Reparations” and in 2019 testified in front of a Congressional House hearing on H...

Mark your calendars! Next Tuesday, April 13 at 12 PM, join us for a conversation with esteemed journalist, MacArthur Fel...
04/07/2021

Mark your calendars! Next Tuesday, April 13 at 12 PM, join us for a conversation with esteemed journalist, MacArthur Fellow, and National Book Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

During his tenure as senior editor at The Atlantic, Coates wrote the influential 2014 essay “The Case for Reparations” and in 2019 testified in front of a Congressional House hearing on H.R. 40, a bill to establish a commission to study reparations. Moderated by Duncan Ryuken Williams (USC Ito Center), this will be an event not to miss!

Website: https://dornsife.usc.edu/events/site/192/35334966853018/

RSVP: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5HqvhI-yQOSf2FNDjG-0-Q

Mark your calendars! Next Tuesday, April 13 at 12 PM, join us for a conversation with esteemed journalist, MacArthur Fellow, and National Book Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

During his tenure as senior editor at The Atlantic, Coates wrote the influential 2014 essay “The Case for Reparations” and in 2019 testified in front of a Congressional House hearing on H.R. 40, a bill to establish a commission to study reparations. Moderated by Duncan Ryuken Williams (USC Ito Center), this will be an event not to miss!

Website: https://dornsife.usc.edu/events/site/192/35334966853018/

RSVP: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5HqvhI-yQOSf2FNDjG-0-Q

04/05/2021

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is looking for a doctoral student to fill the position of Program TA in the Japanese Language Program for 2021-2022. The Teaching Assistantship is a 50% appointment and provides 12 units of tuition plus health insurance and some fees. The ideal candidate should have native or near-native speaking ability in Japanese. The primary responsibility of the Program TA is to assist faculty with grading, course material preparation, and providing oral proficiency practices for undergraduate students. Interested students should send their CV and a brief self-introduction to Professor Yuka Kumagai ([email protected]), Director of the Japanese Language Program.

Join us this Sunday, April 4th at 2 PM for an amazing talk with Larry Ward - senior Dharma teacher ordained by Zen Maste...
04/01/2021

Join us this Sunday, April 4th at 2 PM for an amazing talk with Larry Ward - senior Dharma teacher ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and founder of the Lotus Institute.

He will be in conversation with Duncan Williams, sharing insights from his recently released book "America’s Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal."

RSVP here: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n3Z07mkPR0yziNhIPyES0g
Website: https://dornsife.usc.edu/events/site/192/35917813206777/

Join us this Sunday, April 4th at 2 PM for an amazing talk with Larry Ward - senior Dharma teacher ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and founder of the Lotus Institute.

He will be in conversation with Duncan Williams, sharing insights from his recently released book "America’s Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal."

RSVP here: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n3Z07mkPR0yziNhIPyES0g
Website: https://dornsife.usc.edu/events/site/192/35917813206777/

Don't miss today's event at 4PM PST for "From Japanese American Redress to Black Reparations" on Zoom!If you haven't alr...
02/03/2021

Don't miss today's event at 4PM PST for "From Japanese American Redress to Black Reparations" on Zoom!

If you haven't already, visit and sign up on our website https://bit.ly/3iPtxKW for additional information and event details.

#bjareparations Brought to you by Densho and Japanese American National Museum

Don't miss today's event at 4PM PST for "From Japanese American Redress to Black Reparations" on Zoom!

If you haven't already, visit and sign up on our website https://bit.ly/3iPtxKW for additional information and event details.

#bjareparations Brought to you by Densho and Japanese American National Museum

Join us Feb 3 at 4PM PST for "From Japanese American Redress to Black Reparations" on Zoom. You will hear from leading s...
01/27/2021

Join us Feb 3 at 4PM PST for "From Japanese American Redress to Black Reparations" on Zoom. You will hear from leading scholars in the field! Now more than ever, we need to talk about reparations and civil liberties. Sign up today on our website https://bit.ly/3iPtxKW ! #bjareparations Brought to you by Densho Japanese American National Museum

Want to join Black + Japanese American Book Club, but not sure if you can buy the books? We are excited to inform you th...
01/23/2021
Black + Japanese American Book Club Request Form

Want to join Black + Japanese American Book Club, but not sure if you can buy the books? We are excited to inform you that one of the participants from our introduction meeting kindly offered to purchase books for anyone who may need them. A huge thank you to our anonymous donor! To request a book, please fill out the book club request form: https://forms.gle/tQFSEeNb52z7daTJ7 . #bjareparations

What are you doing this weekend? Pick up a copy of Isabel Wilkerson's book, "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" and ...
01/23/2021
‎Oprah’s Book Club on Apple Podcasts

What are you doing this weekend? Pick up a copy of Isabel Wilkerson's book, "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" and then sign up for the Black + Japanese American Reparations Book Club. https://dornsife.usc.edu/events/site/192/35414678399396/ This first book looks at caste systems in India, Nazi Germany, and the United States and will open your eyes to so much. Did you know Hitler studied the Jim Crow laws in the United States? You can also check out the book in Oprah's Book Club. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/oprahs-book-club/id1529009628 See you at Book Club!!! Densho Japanese American National Museum Tsuru for Solidarity

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Happy MLK Day! Our "Black + Japanese American Reparations" Event Series kicks off tomorrow with a Reparations themed boo...
01/18/2021

Happy MLK Day! Our "Black + Japanese American Reparations" Event Series kicks off tomorrow with a Reparations themed book club. We look forward to connecting with anyone concerned with racial justice and repairing America’s racial karma. All are welcome and meeting participation is not contingent on having attended previous meetings. This event is brought to you by the Ito Center and our partners at Densho
Japanese American National Museum Tsuru for Solidarity RSVP at https://dornsife.usc.edu/events/site/192/35414678399396/
#BJAReparations #tanahesicoates #socialjustice #letstalkreparations #reparationsnow

Please join us and our partners at JAMuseum, Densho, and Tsuru for Solidarity for “Black + Japanese American Reparations...
01/17/2021

Please join us and our partners at JAMuseum, Densho, and Tsuru for Solidarity for “Black + Japanese American Reparations,” a special virtual events series and book club. Many Black reparations advocates have pointed directly to the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 granting reparations to Japanese Americans interned during World War II as a precedent that can inform the case for restorative justice for African Americans. As Ta-Nehisi Coates has argued, reparations is more than a recompense of past injustices, but a national reckoning “that would lead to spiritual renewal.” The USC Ito Center series and book club is thus predicated on a serious examination of the deeper meaning of “reparations." The #BJAReparations event series is accompanied by a reparations-themed book club which meets every third Tuesday from January to July at 4pm PST. We look forward to connecting with anyone concerned with racial justice and repairing America’s racial karma. The series kicks off with an Introduction Session on January 19. RSVP at dornsife.usc.edu/cjrc All are welcome and meeting participation is not contingent on having attended previous meetings.
#BJAReparations #tanahesicoates #socialjustice #letstalkreparations Densho JAMuseum Tsuru for Solidarity
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10/08/2020

USC Japanese Studies Librarian Dr. Rebecca Corbett will be posting highlights of unique and rare Japanese items from the USC Libraries over the next two weeks. Follow along on Instagram @uscspecol and Twitter @USCSpeCol.

Check out this online event tomorrow! The screening will feature a grassroots peace activist, Floyd Schmoe, and the Q&A ...
08/04/2020

Check out this online event tomorrow! The screening will feature a grassroots peace activist, Floyd Schmoe, and the Q&A will be moderated by Professor Emerita Gail Nomura of the University of Washington. The panelists include Koko Kondo (atomic bomb survivor from Hiroshima), Clement Hanami(VP for exhibition and art director, JANM), Mike Carr (CEO, Battleship Missouri Memorial), Takuo Takigawa (Director, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum), and Kumiko Ogoshi Takai (Director of the documentary).
The event will be held online on Aug 5 from 19:00 PDT and RSVP is requested at http://www.janm.org/events/#05

05/21/2020

As part of its #discoveratadistance series, USC Libraries partnered with USC Dornsife instructor Dr. Rika Hiro and her students to host a digital exhibition of Japanese posters. Unpinning History--Japanese Posters in the Age of Commercialism, Imperialism, and Modernism highlights USC Libraries unique collection of Japanese posters that were produced in the 1910s and 1920s. Ephemeral by nature, posters were usually discarded after completing their missions to advertise, announce, or even agitate through an assortment of forms, colors, and letters. Moreover, posters in Japan were often destroyed during the Asia-Pacific War, sometimes purposefully so in the case of war propaganda posters, which makes the collection even more exceptional. Curated by the “Later Japanese Art” class of Spring 2020, the exhibition focuses on approximately half of the collection to illuminate themes emblematic of Japan in the tumultuous Taishō (1912-1926) and early Shōwa (1926-1989) periods. These themes include commercial and social activities, particularly tourism; the ideology of imperial modernity; beautiful women as an aesthetic category; exhibition culture; and pictorial and often hybrid styles and functions ranging from neo-traditionalism derived from ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”) to modernism. The exhibition provides first-hand research on the largely unexamined collection as a valuable resource for scholars and students of art in modern Japan and its colonies, including Korea and northeastern China, but also for those interested in the early twentieth century, visual culture and commerce, and in reprographic technology.

Our next big event is just around the corner! RSVP today for this groundbreaking workshop.
03/10/2020

Our next big event is just around the corner! RSVP today for this groundbreaking workshop.

03/05/2020
A big thank you to Tetsuya Miura and his fascinating talk on the role of beef in film. Also, as always, many thanks to t...
03/03/2020

A big thank you to Tetsuya Miura and his fascinating talk on the role of beef in film. Also, as always, many thanks to the amazing audience!

Please join us THIS Thursday, February 27th at 4 PM for a fascinating talk on the portrayals of meat in film with Profes...
02/25/2020

Please join us THIS Thursday, February 27th at 4 PM for a fascinating talk on the portrayals of meat in film with Professor Tetsuya Miura. Furthermore, this talk will intertwine in historical, mythological, and aesthetic contexts.

For more information and to RSVP, visit:
https://dornsife.usc.edu/events/site/192/32795379905726/

Two more photos from our Shinnyo-en fellow Satoshi Terakubo from the 2/14 Richard Jaffe book talk!
02/24/2020

Two more photos from our Shinnyo-en fellow Satoshi Terakubo from the 2/14 Richard Jaffe book talk!

02/19/2020

Please join us this Sunday, February 23 at 4PM for "Seamless," written by USC professor Dorinne Kondo examining the afterlife of trauma, history, and memory.

Thank you so much to our speakers from Saturday's event, Ann Gleig, Hwansoo Kim, and Richard M. Jaffe. Additionally, as ...
02/19/2020

Thank you so much to our speakers from Saturday's event, Ann Gleig, Hwansoo Kim, and Richard M. Jaffe. Additionally, as always, a big thank you to our audience!

A very big thank you to Professor Stephen D. Miller for his talk yesterday on queer Japanese literature and the amazing ...
02/14/2020

A very big thank you to Professor Stephen D. Miller for his talk yesterday on queer Japanese literature and the amazing audience! We hope to see you all again for today and tomorrow's event!

For more information, please visit:
https://dornsife.usc.edu/cf/cjrc/event.cfm

We have a busy few days ahead of us! We hope to see you all for our upcoming events: Tomorrow, February 13th, we are exc...
02/13/2020
EVENTS > USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture > USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

We have a busy few days ahead of us! We hope to see you all for our upcoming events:

Tomorrow, February 13th, we are excited to have Professor Stephen D. Miller for a talk about queer perspectives in Japan.

Friday will be a discussion with Professor Richard Jaffe presenting ideas from his new book "Seeking Sakyamuni: South Asia in the Formation of Modern Japanese Buddhism."

On Saturday, Professors Ann Gleig, Richard M. Jaffe, and Hwansoo Kim will be discussing adaptations of Buddhism around the world.

For more information and RSVPs, visit:
https://dornsife.usc.edu/cf/cjrc/event.cfm

On Saturday, February 15th, we are excited to present "Neither Monk nor Layperson: Categories of Buddhist Leaders in Jap...
02/08/2020

On Saturday, February 15th, we are excited to present "Neither Monk nor Layperson: Categories of Buddhist Leaders in Japan, Korea, and America." This workshop will explore historical and modern traditions regarding adaptations of Buddhism in Asia and the West featuring the work of Professor Richard M. Jaffe, with comparative examples in Korea and the United States offered by Professor Hwansoo Kim and Professor Ann Gleig.

For more information and to RSVP, visit:
https://dornsife.usc.edu/events/site/192/31009199817993/

Please join us next Friday, February 14th, for the presentation "Seeking Sakyamuni: South Asia in the Formation of Moder...
02/07/2020

Please join us next Friday, February 14th, for the presentation "Seeking Sakyamuni: South Asia in the Formation of Modern Japanese Buddhism" by Professor Richard Jaffe of Duke University. In this talk, Professor Jaffe will examine the experiences of the first Japanese Buddhists who traveled to South Asia in search of Buddhist knowledge beginning in 1873.

For more information and to RSVP, visit:
https://dornsife.usc.edu/events/site/192/31007684845008/

We can't wait to see you all next week on Thursday, February 13th for Professor Stephen D. Miller's talk about the story...
02/06/2020

We can't wait to see you all next week on Thursday, February 13th for Professor Stephen D. Miller's talk about the story of collecting literature that expresses queer peoples’ lives in Japan through a personal lens.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit:
https://dornsife.usc.edu/events/site/192/31025121071957/

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The USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture was originally established by the University of Southern California (USC) in September 2011 under the academic auspices of the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The center received a $6.6 million endowment gift from the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Organization in Spring of 2014, which has renamed the center in honor of Shinnyo-en’s current leader, Her Holiness Shinso Ito. Shinnyo-en’s support represents one of the largest gifts ever given to a center dedicated to the study of Japan in North America. The center’s mission is to promote the study of Japanese religions and culture at USC and in the broader intellectual community of Japan Studies. We foster this area of study by funding faculty-led research projects; planning conferences, colloquia, and workshops; providing faculty and graduate student research support awards; and by hosting visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows. CJRC is the first research center for Japanese religions on the West Coast of the United States, and only the second such center in the country (the first is the Columbia University Center for Japanese Religion). The establishment of CJRC is a significant milestone as it is the first and only Japan Studies center at USC. Before the establishment of CJRC, USC was home to three centers devoted to East Asian area studies: the East Asian Studies Center, the U.S.-China Institute, and the Korean Studies Institute. However, the university lacked a research unit devoted to Japan. In addition to filling this very conspicuous absence in the usual triad of East Asia studies centers, CJRC also seeks to serve the needs of, and to create research synergy among, the critical mass of USC faculty members who work in this area. Given the significant number of Japan Studies faculty who work in Japanese religions, CJRC seeks to support studies that put religious change within the context of broader, trans-national and trans-Pacific historical trends. We will create opportunities for researchers working on different regions within Asia to engage in scholarly dialogue. Another primary concern of our center will be in cultivating greater dialogue between scholars of Japanese religions and theorists of religion, sponsoring and hosting events that put leading theorists of religion into conversation with scholars of Japanese religions. We are especially interested in encouraging studies of religion in contemporary Japan that actively engage broader conversations ̶ taking place in fields as diverse as Sociology, Cognitive Science, International Relations, Political Science, and Journalism, etc. ̶ about the role of religious thought and religious groups in contemporary global society.

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USC Libraries has added Fuzoku Gaho to our JapanKnowledge database.Containing all 518 issues of the first graphic magazine published in Japan from 1889-1916, this is an excellent resource for research on the Meiji (1868- 1912) and Taisho periods (1912-1926). This Japanese language magazine covered a variety of subjects including The Sino-Japanese War, The Russo-Japanese War, disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, in addition to fashion and popular culture.
Any information on the workshop this week?