Branding Japanese Food: from meibutsu to washoku

By Katarzyna J. Cwiertka with Yasuhara Miho Branding Japanese Food is the first book in English on the use of food for the purpose of place branding in Japan. At the centre of the narrative is the 2013 inscription of “Washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese, notably for the celebration of New Year” on UNESCO’s … Read more


The JAWS book series Editorial group has now recruited two new members, recommended to the existing Board and then to the general meeting held at the JAWS conference in Istanbul last September, where their choice was agreed unanimously.  The first, Christoph Brumann, has already published both a monograph (Tradition, Democracy and the Townscape of Kyoto: Claiming … Read more

New Publication: Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper

Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper This reader offers eleven chapters that speak to the role and function of journalism and the newspaper in contemporary Japanese society. Individually, each chapter provides important information on the particular topic that is its focus, while at the same time elucidating on how that particular topic is addressed by … Read more

JAWS Publication News 2014 – Joy Hendry

The JAWS book series editorial board is seeking to welcome another one or two people to its number. Members are expected to vet manuscript proposals within a couple of weeks from receiving them and, where suitable, suggest anonymous readers for the finished manuscript. Candidates should be anthropologists of Japan and have publishing experience to include … Read more

Recent releases in the JAWS Routledge series

Japan’s Ainu Minority in Tokyo: Diasporic Indigeneity and Urban Politics, Mark K. Watson (Feb. 2014) The First European Description of Japan, 1585: A Critical English-Language Edition of Striking Contrasts in the Customs of Europe and Japan, by Luis Frois, S.J.; edited by Daniel T. Reff, Richard Danford (Feb. 2014) Japanese Tree Burial: Ecology, Kinship and … Read more

Changes at ‘Asian Anthropology’

This is to announce that the journal Asian Anthropology will shortly be changing editors and publishers. Asian Anthropology has been published by Chinese University Press for the last eleven years, but is now moving to Routledge, and will be published twice a year in 2013, three times a year in 2014, and four times a … Read more

New Addition to Routledge JAWS Series

Tradition, Democracy and the Townscape of Kyoto: Claiming a Right to the Past, by Christoph Brumann As the historic capital of the country and the stronghold of the nation’s most celebrated traditions, the city of Kyoto holds a unique place in the Japanese imagination. Widely praised for the beauty of its townscape and natural environments, … Read more