Japan Anthropology Workshop

Home of the JAWS conference members and committee.

Recent releases in the JAWS Routledge series

Japan’s Ainu Minority in Tokyo: Diasporic Indigeneity and Urban Politics, Mark K. Watson (Feb. 2014) The First European Description of Japan, 1585: A Critical English-Language Edition of Striking Contrasts in the Customs of Europe and Japan, by Luis Frois, S.J.; edited by Daniel T. Reff, Richard Danford (Feb. 2014) Japanese Tree Burial: Ecology, Kinship and [...]

‘Understanding Japanese Society’ – 4th Ed. now available

In case you have students who need an introductory text, and you are not too bored with it, I thought you might like to know that my book Understanding Japanese Society comes out today in its 4th edtion. I was in Japan updating it during the disaster period so that gets some coverage, including a [...]

New Addition to Routledge JAWS Series

Urban Spaces in Japan: Cultural and Social Perspectives, edited by Christoph Brumann & Evelyn Schulz. Urban Spaces in Japan explores the workings of power, money and the public interest in the planning and design of Japanese space. Through a set of vivid case studies of well-known Japanese cities including Tokyo, Kobe, and Kyoto, this book [...]

New Addition to Routledge JAWS Series

Tradition, Democracy and the Townscape of Kyoto: Claiming a Right to the Past, by Christoph Brumann As the historic capital of the country and the stronghold of the nation’s most celebrated traditions, the city of Kyoto holds a unique place in the Japanese imagination. Widely praised for the beauty of its townscape and natural environments, [...]

New addition to Routledge JAWS Series

Home and Family in Japan Continuity and Transformation Edited by Richard Ronald, Allison Alexy In the Japanese language the word ‘ie’ denotes both the materiality of homes and family relations within. The traditional family and family house – often portrayed in ideal terms as key foundations of Japanese culture and society – have been subject [...]