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The IAJS Thematic Conference 2018
The West in Japanese Imagination/ Japan in Western Imagination:
150 Years to the Meiji Restoration


Tuesday, December 18th

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:30 Opening panel

Fastlicht Hall, Mexico Building


Moderator: Irit Averbuch, East-Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University

His Excellency, Mr. Koichi Aiboshi, Ambassador of Japan to Israel

Professor Emeritus Jacob Raz, Honorary President of the Israeli Association of Japanese Studies

Professor Zvika Serper, Dean, Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Sigal Ben-Rafael Galanti, Chair, Israeli Association of Japanese Studies

Dr. Ayelet Zohar, Art History Dept. Tel Aviv University, Chair of the Conference

9:30-10:00 Prizes for the Japan Compositions Competition

Moderator: Ms. Lihi Laszlo, University of Haifa

10:00-10:15 Coffee break


Panel A – The Normalization of Gender Discourses: Mainstream and Social Peripheries in Japan, Recanati 103

Chair: Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni, Tel Aviv University

  • “Lagging 2000 Years behind Modern Women”: Okinawan Customs and the Discourse on Modernity in Meiji Japan

Isabelle Prochaska-Meyer, University of Vienna

  • LGBT Community: Hybridity of Styles in Language

Hideko Abe, Colby College

  • Naruse vu d’ici: The Anglo-American Reception of Naruse Mikio’s Wife! Be Like a Rose!

Michael Sooriyakumaran, Toronto University

  • Woodblocks and Factory Women: Images of Sericulture in Meiji Japan

Alison Miller, University of the South

Panel B - Legislators, Prisoners and Copyrighters: Law in Modern Japan

Recanati 105

Chair: Alon Levkowitz, Beit Berl College

  • The role of Japanese non-state actors in early international copyright negotiations

Maj Hartmann, KU Leuven, Belgium

  • Prisoners as Agents of Political and Socio-economic Change in Meiji Japan: the Colonization of Hokkaido

Pia Jolliffe, Oxford University

  • Legislators' productivity in the Japanese Diet

Osnat Akirav, Western Galilee College

  • Capitalizing on the Western Imaginary of Japan: the Cool Japan Fund and the Intellectual Property Strategy Program

Sophie Bisping, Heidelberg University

11:45-12:15 Coffee break

12:15 -13:45

Panel A - Jesuit Encounters: Images and Martyrdom

Recanati 103

Chair: Renana Bartal, Tel Aviv University

  • Japanese and Westerners in Shūsaku Endō’s novels

Yoshimi Miyake, Akita University

  • Proselytization and Persecution: the Mixed Origins of Fumi-e

Marjolein de Raat, Leiden University

  • Martyrdom in Japan and Mission Politics of the Roman Catholic Church

Hisashi Yakou, Hōkkaido University

Panel B – Warriors, Wars, and Woes: Representations of Militarism in Japanese Modernities

Recanati 105

Chair: Danny Orbach, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Japanizing Benkei: Images of Musashibo Benkei in Meiji Japan

Naama Eisenstein, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Medievalism and Militarism in Imperial Japan

Oleg Benesch, University of York

  • The 'Northern Threat': comparing Media representations of the security threats posed by Imperial Russia in the 1890s and the Soviet Threat in the 1980s

Eitan Oren, King’s College, London

13:45 -15:15 Lunch break

15:15 -17:15

Panel A – Western Ideologies and the Japanese State: Distribution and Hybridization of Western


Recanati 302

Chair: Sigal Ben-Rafael Galanti, Beit Berl College

  • Recycled Images: 21st Century Edition of Fukuzawa Yukichi’s Geography Textbook

Elena Baibikov, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan

  • The Meiji Era, Hybridization, Induction of Western Models, and the Transformation of Japan

Ihediwa Nkemjika Chimee, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria

  • (Re)writing History after the Meiji Restoration

Mark Lincicome, Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, Kyoto

  • From a Colony to a Prefecture: Japan’s Policy towards Okinawa in the Meiji Era

Stanislaw Meyer, Jagiellonian University, Krakow

Panel B – Urban Intersections: Architecture, Cities and the Public Space in Japan

Recanati 306

Chair: Eran Neumann, Tel Aviv University

  • Katachi—Osamari—Nige: Notes on the Synthesis of Form in Japanese Architecture & Design

Michael Shalem, Cambridge University

  • Between Nagasaki and Tokyo: Western Influences on Architecture and Memory in Two Cities

Arie Kutz, Tel Aviv University

  • Entangled Histories of Urban Modernity: Discourses on Urban Aesthetics, Memory, and Porosity in Nagai Kafū’s Hiyorigeta (Fair Weather Clogs, 1914)

Evelyn Schulz, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich

  • Western Institutions, Japanese Interpretations, Global Discourses: Discussing the Public Space in Japan

Helena Grinshpun, Hebrew University

  • Re-reading Arata Isozaki’s East-West polemics as an approach to understanding some propensities of contemporary Japanese architecture in and out of Japan

Erez Golani Solomon, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

17:15-17:45 Coffee break

17:45-18:45 Keynote: Michio Hayashi, Sophia University

Mexico 206A

Chair: Ayelet Zohar, Tel Aviv UniversityJapan as Far West: An Allegorical Reading of Katakana Space

19:00-22:00 Conference dinner

Wednesday, December 19th

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-10:00 Keynote: Michael Lucken, INALCO, Paris

Kikoïne 01

Chair: Assaf Pinkus, Tel Aviv University

Classical Greece in Japan. Why it matters. A postcolonial perspective

10:00-10:15 Coffee break


Panel A - Photography and Contemporary Art: From Modernity to the Post-Modern

Recanati 302

Chair: Ayelet Zohar, Art History, Tel Aviv University

  • Images and Imaginaries: Yokohama Shashin as Production and Consumption about Japan

Moira Luraschi, Museo delle Culture (MUSEC), Lugano and Università dell’Insubria (Como-Varese)

  • Meiji Spirit Photography and the Question of Scientificity of Photographic Media

Mio Wakita, Heidelberg University

  • The West in the Japanese Imagination: Riding Sacred Cows - Yasumasa Morimura’s Subversive Act of “Cultural Occupation”

Aya Louisa McDonald, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • Complying with Iron and Irony – Different Angles on the ‘International Sculptors‘ Symposium’ (Osaka, 1969)

Gabrielle Schaad, ETH Zurich and Tel Aviv University

Panel B – Japanese Language through Cultural Perspective

Recanati 306

Chair: Mika Levy-Yamamori, Tel Aviv University

  • Tokyo-Yokohama Linguistic-Landscape: A Western Replication?

Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Tel-Aviv University, and Miriam Ben-Rafael, Independent Scholar

  • The Japanese Communication Style from a Western Perspective: A Linguistic Comparison between Japanese and Hebrew

Maayan Barkan, Hunter College, City University of New York

  • How English is Used to Change Japanese Social Practices and Identity

Gad Gershoni, Nagoya University

  • The Japanese Language of and about the Emperor

Ben Ami Shillony, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

11:45-12:15 Coffee break


Panel A – Made in Israel Japaneseness: Interaction and Images of Difference and Similarity

Recanati 302

Chair: Dalit Bloch, Tel Aviv University

  • The Problem of Japanese-Jewish Historical Relationship

Hidemichi Tanaka, Tohoku University

  • Okakura Tenshin and Max S. Nordau: The Outsider Critics of Western Civilization

Yiftach Har-gil, Heidelberg University

  • Oriental Japonisme: Japan in Early Israeli Art

Shalmit Bejarano, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University

  • Japanese Legend: Images of Japan in Israeli Music

Roni Sarig, Tel Hai College and Bar Ilan University

  • Cultural Imagination of ‘Japaneseness’ and ‘Israeliness’: Intercultural Encounter at a Japanese Start-Up Incubator in Tel-Aviv

Tamar Shain-Paz, Tel Aviv University

Panel B - Light Bulbs, Telegraphs, and Water Closets: Western Technologies in Japan

Recanati 306

Chair: Sheldon Garon, Princeton University

  • In Praise of Light: How Lighting Changed Japan

Martha Chaiklin, Hōsei University, Tokyo

  • Modernity Comes With a Flush: Adaptation of Western Toilet Technology in Meiji Japan

Marta Szczygiel, Tokyo University

  • Telegraph Technologies in Japan’s Struggle against the West

Yulia Mikhailova, Hiroshima City University

  • Vorsprung Durch Technik: European Influences on the Early Development of Electronic Music in Japan (~1930-1969)

Nimrod Chiat, University of Haifa

  • The Quest for Modernity in Japan: The Role of the Oyatoi Gaikokujn (御雇い外国人) in the Scientific and Technological Modernization of Bakumatsu-Meiji Japan

Giovanni Borriello, Tuscia University, Italy

14:30-16:00 Lunch break


Panel A – The Iwakura Mission: Towards Europe and the USA, 1871-1873

Recanati 302

Chair: Ehud Harari, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Learning to Expand: The Iwakura Mission and Japan’s Meiji-era Internal and Peripheral Colonial Activity

Mark Caprio, Rikkyo University, Tokyo

  • Japanese Princesses in Chicago: Representations of Japanese Women in 1870s America

Aurore Yamagata-Montoya, Mutual Images Research Association, France

  • Exchanging Gazes: Observations of Japanese Women at American Universities from the Iwakura Mission to GARIOA

Alisa Freedman, University of Oregon

Panel B – Nihonga and Yōga: Western Painting in the Japanese Context

Recanati 306

Chair: Aya Louisa McDonald, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • The Landscape of furusato: Modernity, Tradition and National Identity in Nihonga Paintings of the Taishō and Early Shōwa Periods (1912-1931)

Nurit Shamir, Tel Aviv University

  • Negotiating Realism: Kawabata Gyokushō’s Strive for Modern Japanese Painting

Katharina Rode, Heidelberg University

  • Between East and West: Has Nihonga Played a Role in the Construction of Japanese Identity in France During the 1920s?

Yue Yu, University of Lille and École du Louvre

Panel C - Tattooing and Veganism: Body and Health in Japan

Mexico 206B

Chair: Liora Sarfati, Tel Aviv University

  • Macrobiotic Vegan Ramen and Global Anti-fur Demonstrations: A Special Blend of Veganism in Tokyo

Omer Cohen, Tel Aviv University

  • The 'Bodyscape': Performing Cultural Encounters and Mutual Imagination in Costume Photography and Tattoo in Treaty-Port Japan

Hui Wang, Heidelberg University

  • Kanji Tattoos: From Cultural Appropriation to Cultural Glorification

Guy Almog, University of Haifa

17:30-18:00 Coffee Break


Panel A - Occidentalism and Japonisme: Mutual Representations in Meiji Literature

Recanati 302

Chair: Irit Weinberg, Tel Aviv University

  • "What They Saw in the Moon”: Representations of Japan in 19th Century American Children’s Poetry

Etti Gordon Ginzburg, Oranim College of Education

  • Lafcadio Hearn’s Yuki-Onna, which many Japanese believe to be a Japanese folk story

Mami Fujiwara, Yamaguchi University

  • King Arthur in Japan: Natsume Sōseki and the Art of Reading

Katarzyna Sonnenberg, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Krakow

  • A Witness of Edo: Aimé Humbert’s Depiction of the Female Condition in the Illustrated Monograph Le Japon Illustré

Jessica Uldry, University of Geneva

Panel B - Ceramics, Calligraphy, and Woodblock Printing: Classical Technologies and Images in Modern Japan

Recanati 306

Chair: Yona Siderer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Fortune of a Double Misunderstanding: Meiji Period Banko Ceramic for Export

Daniela Sadun, Sapienza University, Rome

  • The Shokusan Kōgyō Policy through Woodblock Prints: The Yushima Seidō Exhibition of 1872 and the National Domestic Exhibition of 1877

Freya Terryn, KU Leuven, Belgium

  • Conquering Korea: The Myth of Jingū Kōgō in Mass Media

Sarah Rebecca Schmid, University of Zurich

  • Modernization as Rejection of Westernization? The Case of Japanese Calligraphy

Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich

Thursday, December 20th

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00 -11:30

Panel A – Japonisme: Japan in the Western Imagination

Recanati 027

Chair: Adi Louria Hayon, Tel Aviv University

  • “One will hardly find a more beautiful sight”: Japan in the Imagination of Western Artists

Judith Knippschild, Heidelberg University

  • Japonisme and You: An Analysis of Contemporary Japonisme in Western Film Adaptation

Carolyn Click, University of Boulder Colorado

  • Construction of Asianistic Aesthetics in the West: From Ernest Fenollosa to Post-War American Art

Mona Schieren, University of the Arts, Bremen

  • “Wonderful land! Wonderful people! Wonderful art!”: Changing Perception of Japan in Poland and Central Europe

Agnieszka Kluczewska, Polish Institute of World Art Studies, Warsaw

  • "Flirting with the Exotic": Exoticism Not Just in the 19th Century

Yael Burstein, Tel Aviv University

  • Reception of Japanese Art and culture in Central Europe in the turn of the 19th century

Filip Suchomel, Academy of the Performing Arts, Prague

Panel B – Images of Race: Against and Within Japan
Recanati 302

Chair: Nissim Otmazgin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Mutual Images of the “Home Front” in Japan and Europe: What’s the Impact of Transnational Imagination?

Sheldon Garon, Princeton University

  • “Happy Cherry Blossoms to You Please” – An Examination of Anti-Japanese Rhetoric Within American Cartoons, Comics and Comedy Between 1942 and 2018

Adrian Manning, National University, California

  • The Evolution of Visuality: The First Three Centuries of European Physical Depiction of the Japanese

Rotem Kowner, University of Haifa

  • A Japanese Anomaly: The Racial Identity of Japan at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Tarik Merida, Freie Universität, Berlin

  • The 100th Anniversary of Japan’s Proposal of Racial Equality and Its Implications: Searching for the Truth about World History

Eiji Yamashita, Osaka City University (OCU)

11:45-12:15 Coffee break


Panel A – Journeys and Journals: Western Travelers to Japan in the Meiji Era

Recanati 302

Chair: Erez Golani-Solomon, Bezalel and Keio University

  • The Margaret MacLean Orihon-Format Scrapbook: A Visual Chronicle of the Russo-Japanese War

Celio Barreto, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

  • The Meiji Restoration through the Eyes of a Western Woman

Giulio Antonio Bertelli, Osaka University

  • Christopher Dresser Goes to Japan

Hannah Sigur, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Panel B - Masculinities, Medievalism and Empire: Science Fiction in Japan

Recanati 027

Chair: Hagar Yanai, Author, Tel Aviv

  • Reshaping our Contemporary Imagination with Japanese Neomedievalism

Maxime Danesin, François-Rabelais University

  • Science Fiction in the Imperialistic Age

Michal Daliot-Bul, University of Haifa

  • Scientists and Scientific Masculinity in Japanese Speculative Cinema

Leena Eerolainen, University of Helsinki

Panel C - First Encounters: Portuguese and Dutch in Japan, 16-19th C.


Chair: Irit Averbuch, Tel Aviv University

  • Migrating and Transformative World Views. The Entanglements of Portuguese, Dutch, Jesuit and Japanese Cartography in both Japan and Europe in Early Modernity

Angelo Cattaneo, New University of Lisbon

  • Fire the Cannons and Raise the Flags: Dutch Traders as Symbols of Edo-period Nagasaki

Harrison Schley, University of Pennsylvania

  • The Japanese: Early Western Conceptions 1543 – 1639

Michael Lee, Heidelberg University

13:45-15:15 Lunch break


Panel A - Modern Literature, Poetry and Manga: Reality and Imagination

Recanati 027
Chair: Michal Daliot Bul, University of Haifa

  • Poet in a Double Bind: Tsujii Takashi and the Lost Tradition

Murakami Akira, Akita University

  • Interpretation Overcoming Translation in Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb

Nurit Buchweitz, Beit Berl College

  • Sword, Body, and Death: Mishima Yukio’s Representation of Nihon-rashi-sa, or the Japanese Spirits

Fengyu Wang, Heidelberg University

  • The Japanese Struggle against Orphanhood in the Anime Adaptations of Heidi and Anne of the Green Gables

Raz Greenberg, Tel Aviv University

Panel B – Butterflies and Cranes: The Opera between Noh, Kabuki, and Takarazuka

Recanati 302
Chair: Ofer Gazit, Tel Aviv University

  • Opera’s Noh

Michal Grover Friedlander, Tel Aviv University

  • Japanese “Voice” for Western Traditional Music: Focusing on Dan Ikuma’s Operas

Arisa Tachi, Waseda University and Tokyo University of Arts

  • Japanese Operas Ochitaru Tennyo (The Fallen Celestial Maiden) and Yūzuru (Twilight Crane): Their Similarity to Stéphane Mallarmé’s à l'après-midi d'un faune and Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin

Shizuo Ogino, Waseda University

  • The West in Kabuki / Kabuki for the West

Galia Todorova Petkova, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)

17:00-17:30 Coffee break

17:30-18:30 Keynote: Arthur Groos, Cornell University

Kikoïne 01

Chair: Michal Grover Friedlander, Tel Aviv University

Japan in Madama Butterfly / Madama Butterfly in Japan

18:30-19:30 Round Table: From Meiji to Heisei: Japan in the Post-Modern World

Kikoïne 01

Moderator: Reut Harari, Tel Aviv University

Sigal Ben-Rafael Galanti, Political Science, Beit Berl College

Dalit Bloch, East-Asian Studies and Cultural Research, Tel Aviv University

Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich

Michal Daliot Bul, East-Asian Studies, University of Haifa

Alisa Freedman, East Asian Languages & Literatures, University of Oregon

Mami Fujiwara, International Global and Science Studies, Yamaguchi University

Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni, Anthropology, Tel Aviv University

Aya Louisa McDonald, Art History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Yoshimi Miyake-Loh, Graduate School of International Resource Sciences, Akita University

Evelyn Schulz, Japan Center, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich

Mika Levy-Yamamori, East-Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University

Ayelet Zohar, Art History, Tel Aviv University


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