PMJS Papers

PMJS Papers is a publishing platform for academic material in both traditional and non-traditional formats, styles, and lengths. In addition to standard book reviews, articles, research notes, and translations, we also welcome the submission of reviews and commentaries on recent journal articles, conferences, and exhibitions as well as works in progress, obituaries, and essays on the state of the field. Links to academic resources produced by PMJS members may also be included. Authors may publish essays in lengths generally not acceptable to printed academic media (both very brief and very long).

The site can also feature the outstanding works of emerging scholars, including, for example, undergraduates and graduate students.

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Condensed Visual Classroom Guide (2018): Thirteen Buddhist Deities of Japan. Exploring Their Origins & Roles in Japanese Death Rites & Funerary Art, by Mark Schumacher. Including over 70 annotated photos.

Condensed Visual Classroom Guide (2017): Daikokuten Iconography In Japan. From Hindu Destroyer to Buddhist Protector to Japanese Santa Claus, by Mark Schumacher. Including over 300 annotated photos.

"Shinto in Nara Japan, 749-770: Deities, Priests, Offerings, Prayers, and Edicts in Shoku Nihongi," by Ross Bender. (Posted 23 November 2016).

"Sorting out Songs: Reconsidering the Classics of Heian Court Culture," by Ivo Smits. (Posted 30 July 2015).

"The Aborted Attempt to Move the Emperor to Yamaguchi," a working paper by Thomas Donald Conlan. (Posted 28 April 2014).

"Shoku Nihongi – The Year Tenpyō Shōhō 1: A translation with introduction and annotations," by Ross Bender. (Posted 18 June 2012). Dedicated to Donald Keene on his 90th birthday.

Link to "A Primer on Benzaiten Imagery in Japan," by Mark Schumacher. (Linked 2 May 2012)

"Itō Jinsai's Jinsai Nissatsu: A partial translation with annotations." An original work by Molly Vallor. (Posted October 2011).

Link to a primer on Daruma artwork in Japan, by Mark Schumacher. (Linked 11 May 2011)

"Research Note — A Japanese Curriculum of 757." A research note by Ross Bender and Zhao Lu. (Posted November 2010)

"A Note on Como's Weaving and Binding." A research note by J. Marshall Unger. (Posted July 2010)

Review of Michael Como's Weaving and Binding: Immigrant Gods and Female Immortals in Ancient Japan. By Ross Bender. (Posted 13 December 2009)

Tandai shōshin roku 胆大小心録, by Ueda Akinari 上田秋成. An annotated translation by William E. Clarke and Wendy E. Cobcroft.

Japan Publishers List. Compiled by Peter MacMillan. (Posted 6 November 2009)

Funa Benkei 船弁慶. A transliteration and translation by Royall Tyler. (Posted 30 October 2009)

Link to digital book, The Disaster of the Third Princess: Essays on The Tale of Genji, by Royall Tyler. (Linked 30 October 2009)

Link to online, interactive version of the Heiji Scrolls (平治物語絵巻), edited by Thomas Conlan. (Linked 30 June 2009)
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Link to online, interactive version of Mongol Scrolls (蒙古襲来絵詞), edited by Thomas Conlan. (Linked 30 June 2009)
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Review of William Wayne Farris' Daily Life and Demographics in Ancient Japan. By Ross Bender. (Posted 28 January 2009)

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