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REMINDER: The deadline for the 2019 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize competition is soon approaching. Translations should be submitted by the deadline of August 1, 2019. The 2018 prizes were awarded to Dawn Lawson for Nakajima Shōen’s A Famous Flower in Mountain Seclusion (Sankan no meika, 1889) and to Max Zimmerman for the short story, “An Artificial Heart” (Jinkō Shinzō, 1936) by Kosakai Fuboku. For further information please see the Cornell Asian Studies Department website.

Articles by John Breen

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John Breen is a professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, where he edits the journal Japan Review. (For the latest issue, see here) He has published widely in English and Japanese on the imperial institution and on Shinto. Among his publications are A Social History of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital (Bloomsbury, 2017; with Mark Teeuwen), Henyō suru seichi Ise (Shibunkaku 2017; edited) Shinto monogatari: Ise jingū no kingendaishi (Yoshikawa Kōbunkan, 2015), Girei to kenryoku: Tennō no Meiji Ishin (Heibonsha, 2011), and A New History of Shinto (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011; with Mark Teeuwen). He is presently writing a book on the making of Japan’s modern emperor system.