Reflecting on my time as President of BAJS

Today, my time as President of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), came to an end. It has been one of the most enjoyable roles that I have had during my time as an academic. While COVID-19 got in the way of being able to do some of things that I would like to…

Another Letter to the Japanese Ambassador in London

Today, in my capacity as President of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), I jointly (together with the Chair of the British Association for Teachers of Japanese) sent the following letter to the Japanese Ambassador in London. This is the second letter (click here for the first letter) that we have had to send…

Nothing Splendid About Japan’s Isolation

In the early seventeenth century Japan entered a period of self-imposed isolation known as sakoku. In reality, the level of isolation probably wasn’t as strict as is sometimes made out, but it was strong enough that it allowed Japan to develop many aspects of what we know think of as Japan’s traditional culture with limited…

England and Japan’s Early Interactions – BAJS Podcast 5

It is ironic that on the day that flights between the UK and Japan became even more difficult (apparently 16 hour plus direct flights will start at the weekend) that I have just finished listening to the latest episode of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) podcast about the early interactions between England and…

The Japan Foundation/ BAJS Postgraduate Workshop 2022

On Friday (25 February 2022) , in my capacity as President of the British Association for Japanese Studies, I took part in the The Japan Foundation/BAJS Postgraduate Workshop. This was the eleventh one and, I’m glad to say, that we were back to having the workshop in person, with it being held at the University…

Letter to the Japanese Ambassador in London

Today, in my capacity as President of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), I jointly sent the following letter to the Japanese Ambassador in London. The letter can also be found on the BAJS website. I would like to thank colleagues in BAJS and also the British Association for Teachers of Japanese for coming…

Blogging and Social Media: Impact and Reach

Today I will yet again be giving a training session to post-graduate research students and early career researchers about writing blogs. I have run this session (or a similar one) a number of times now – not only to those at Cardiff University, but also to students on an MA programme at the School of…

Interview for Voices in Japanese Studies Podcast

I was interviewed for the final episode of this season of Voices in Japanese Studies (VIJS). I spoke with the hosts, Anna Vittinghoff and Matt Loten, about my life in Japanese Studies, how I got here, why I chose Japanese Studies, and how I balances my roles at Cardiff and the British Association for Japanese…

British Association for Japanese Studies Podcast 3

The latest episode of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) podcast is out. The homepage for the podcast can be found here, and the link to the latest episode can be found here. The episode features the host, Oliver Moxham, speaking with Graham Healey and Joy Hendry. I particularly enjoyed this episode as Graham…

British Association for Japanese Studies Podcast 2

The latest episode of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) podcast is out. The homepage for the podcast can be found here, and the link to the latest episode can be found here. The episode features the host, Oliver Moxham, speaking with Robert Aspinall about BAJS’s Japan Chapter. I suspect many BAJS members aren’t…