• Japan's Imperial Family:

    From Ancient Past to Uncertain Future

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar (via Zoom) -- 1000 (JST) 26 July 2022

    The Imperial House of Japan is said to be the oldest continuous hereditary monarchy in the world, tracing its roots all the way back to Emperor Jimmu in 600 BC. For centuries, the Imperial Family has played important roles in the development of Japan, and has become part of Japan's national identity and source of tradition. Dr. Hiromu Nagahara, Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will unveil the secrets of Japan's Imperial Family by providing an introduction to the Family's long history and recent discussions regarding the Imperial House.


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    This event is a part of YCAPS' "Getting to Know Japan Series" co-sponsored by The United States-Japan Foundation (USJF).


    Dr. Hiromu Nagahara is an Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a historian of modern Japan, with a focus on the politics of art and culture since the nineteenth century. Dr. Nagahara's next book project, An Empire of Anglophones: English in the Making of Imperial Japan’s Elites, explores the cultural history of modern Japanese diplomacy. In particular, it highlights how familiarity with the English language, and Anglophone culture more generally, both enabled and complicated the efforts by Japan’s ruling elites to build an empire of their own in a world that was already dominated by European and American imperial powers. He is also the author of Tokyo Boogie-Woogie: Japan’s Pop Era and Its Discontents (Harvard University Press, 2017), which highlights the public controversies that engulfed the popular songs that were produced by Japan’s music industry since the late 1920s and their connections to Japan’s emergence as a mass-consumer, middle-class society.


    Format: This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded.

    Registration: Required Link
    Moderators: Alex Chou

    Webinar Cost: Free of charge

    Co-sponsors: United States-Japan Foundation

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