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24th Annual Association of Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS)

The Senses and Sensory Experience in Japanese Literature and Culture

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 9 - 10, 2015

Special Events

Friday October 9, 2015 at 5:30PM
Location: The Japan House, 2000 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61802

An Intangible Sense: The Art of Incense Demonstration
Demostrated by Kiyoko Morita and Masataka Hata, President, Shoyeido Incense Co.

Kiyoko Morita grew up in Hokkaido, Japan and came to the US in 1968. She received a BA in English from California State University at Hayward and a Masters in East Asian Studies from Indiana University. She has taught Japanese since 1975 at schools including Doshisha University in Kyoto, Indiana University, Middlebury College Summer School, Harvard University, and Tufts University. In addition to teaching Japanese, she was an adjunct lecturer in Education at Tufts University where she taught masters students to become Japanese language teachers in US public schools. She is a student of the Shino School of Incense and has been active in introducing the art traditional Japanese incense for over thirty years. She is the author of “The Book of Incense” published by Kodansha International. She is also Vice President of the Massachusetts Hokkaido Association, which promotes grass roots exchanges between the two states.

Masataka Hata was born in Kyoto in 1954. After graduating from the Faculty of Commerce at Doshisha University, he studied in England for one year. In 1977 he joined Shoyeido and is currently the President of the company. He has been studing Koh-doh (Incense Ceremony) under Mr Sogen Hachiya, the grand master of Shino School of Incense, as well as a member of the board of directors of Shino School - Shoin-kai, and a lecturer at Doshisha Women’s College. He was presented the first distinguished member award from the Japan Society of Boston In 1997, and was awarded the 12th John E. Thayer Award in 2004, in recognition of his 20 years of service to share the incense programs for friendly relations between the United States and Japan.


Saturday October 10, 2015 at 5:30PM
Location: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Room 126, 501 E Daniel St, Champaign, IL 61820

Aaron Gerow, Yale University
Kawabata and Cinema: The Ambivalence of Knowledge, Medium, and Influence

Aaron Gerow, Professor of Film and Media Studies and East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University will deliver the keynote lecture, “Kawabata and Cinema: The Ambivalence of Knowledge, Medium, and Influence.”  Professor Gerow received a MFA in film studies from Columbia University in 1987, a MA in Asian Civilizations from the University of Iowa in 1992, and a PhD in Communication Studies from Iowa in 1996. He spent nearly 12 years in Japan working for the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and teaching at Yokohama National University and Meiji Gakuin University. One of world’s leading scholars of Japanese cinema, he has published numerous articles in English, Japanese and other languages on such topics as Japanese early cinema, film theory, contemporary directors, film genre, censorship, Japanese manga, and cinematic representations of minorities. His book on Kitano Takeshi was published by the BFI in 2007, A Page of Madness came out from the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan in 2008, and Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925, was published in 2010 by the University of California Press (the Japanese version will be coming out from the University of Tokyo Press).  He is currently working on books about the history of Japanese film theory and about Japanese cinema after 1980.

Saturday October 10, 2015 at 7:00PM
Location: The Bread Company Restaurant, 706 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

Please join us for our closing dinner.