u:japan lectures

Season 5 | Autumn-Winter 2022/23 | University of Vienna - Department of East Asian Studies - Japanese Studies


Where a Nuclear Meltdown and Sexwork Intersect: Discovering the stories in the film “Boys for Sale”

06.10.2022 18:30 - 20:00

A u:japan lecture film screening & talk by Thomas Ash

| Abstract |

| FILM | 

売買ボーイズ | BOYS FOR SALE
76分/ 日本 JAPAN/ 2017

男の子たちが売るセックスを買うのは・・・?
ウリ専と共に・・・それは、男性にセックスを売る主にストレートの男の子・・・彼らが如何にして雇われたか、その職務や生活状況、彼らの体験が今、明らかとなる。 東京・新宿二丁目を舞台に、売春行為は江戸時代より今日へと続く。

Boys are selling sex in Japan. Who is buying?
In the Tokyo district of Shinjuku 2-chome there are bars that specialize in “Urisen”, young guys who have sex with men. Featuring candid interviews and interspersed with animation detailing the awkward, sweet, and sometimes horrific situations these young sex workers experience, the boys for sale boldly tell their stories of life in the Tokyo underground. This documentary is an illuminating look into a rarely seen world that tantalizingly shows the humanity of sex work.

スタッフ | CREW

製作総指揮 executive producer - トーマス・アッシュ | Thomas Ash
監督/編集 | director/ editor - 板子 Itako
撮影 プロデューサー | DOP  producer - エイドリアン“宇宙人”ストーリー | Adrian Storey aka Uchujin
音楽 music - かざぐるま | Kazaguruma
イラストレーター illustrator - N谷工房 | N Tani Studio
アニメーター animator - 山村ジェレミー (デンバク ファノ デザイン東京) | Jeremy Yamamura Denbak-Fano Design

| TALK |

On topics as varied as the health of children following the Fukushima nuclear disaster („In the Grey Zone“, 2012 and „A2-B-C“, 2013), death and dying („-1287“, 2014 and „Sending Off“, 2019) and the treatment of asylum-seekers in immigration detention („Ushiku“, 2021), the films of Thomas Ash broadly deal with themes of health, medicine and human rights.
   While many of his films share the same quiet and observational style, „Boys for Sale“ (2017) is an outlier in terms of the production visuals and soundtrack, yet Thomas‘s influence is strongly felt, particularly in the depth and flow of the interviews with his subjects.
   In his speech,Thomas will speak about his conscious effort to prevent „Boys for a Sale“ from becoming sensational and exploitative and how his desire to quietly listen led to discoveries mid-interview which would echo back to his earlier work in Fukushima in a way in which he never could have predicted.

| Bio |

Thomas Ash, born in America, earned an MA in Film and Television Production at the University of Bristol, UK (2005) and has lived in Japan for over 20 years. His first feature documentary was ‘the ballad of vicki and jake’ (2006), followed by two feature documentaries about children living in areas of Fukushima contaminated by the 2011 nuclear meltdown, ‘In the Grey Zone‘ (2012) and ‘A2-B-C‘ (2013), and one that dealt with themes surrounding health and medicine in Japan, ‘-1287‘ (2014).
   “Boys for Sale” (2017, dir. Itako), about male sex workers in Tokyo on which Thomas served as Executive Producer, screened in 40 film festivals across the world, receiving six awards for Best Feature Documentary. In 2019, Thomas released two films: “Sending Off” and “The Father’s Love Begotten”. Thomas’s newest documentary “Ushiku” (2021), is about asylum seekers to Japan who are detained at the infamous Ushiku immigration centre (More information on Thomas Ash’s website: www.documentingian.com/).

| Date & Time |

u:japan lecture | s05e01
Thursday 2022-10-06, 18:30~20:00
max. 50 participants (on site)

| Place & Preparations | 

LIVE @ Campus of the University of Vienna
Department of East Asian Studies, Japanese Studies
Seminarraum JAP 1, 2K-EG-21, Ground floor to the left
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.4 (Campus), 1090 Vienna, Austria

Please bear in mind, that strict Covid19-precautions are enforced, therefore bring and wear a FFP2-mask and comply to university's house rules. Please visit these links for university's special and general information regarding the current restrictions.

| Further Questions? |

Please contact ujapanlectures.ostasien@univie.ac.at or visit https://japanologie.univie.ac.at/ujapanlectures/s05/#e01.

Organiser:

Department of East Asian Studies - Japanese Studies

Location:
Seminarraum 1, (EG links)

Ryokan: Mobilizing Hospitality in Rural Japan

13.10.2022 18:30 - 20:00

A hybrid u:japan lecture by Chris McMorran (National University of Singapore).

| Abstract |

Amid the decline of many rural communities in Japan, the hot springs village resort of Kurokawa Onsen is a rare, bright spot. Its two dozen traditional inns, or ryokan, draw hundreds of thousands of tourists a year eager to admire its landscape, experience its hospitality, and soak in its hot springs. As a result, these ryokan have enticed village youth to return home to take over successful family businesses and revive the community. What does it take to produce this family business and one of Japan’s most relaxing spaces?

In this talk, I share the behind-the-scenes work that keeps a ryokan running smoothly, from the everyday tasks of cleaning, serving, and making guests feel at home, to the generational work of producing and training a suitable heir who can carry on the family business. I draw on nearly two decades of research in and around Kurokawa, including a year spent welcoming guests, carrying luggage, scrubbing baths, cleaning rooms, washing dishes, and talking with co-workers and owners about their jobs, relationships, concerns, and aspirations.

I discuss how Kurokawa’s ryokan mobilize hospitality to create a rural escape in contemporary Japan, emphasizing the strictly gendered work found in the ryokan, as well as the generational work of ryokan owners vs. the daily embodied work of their employees. I share the realities of ryokan work—celebrated, messy, ignored, exploitative, and liberating—and introduce the people who keep inns running by making guests feel at home.  

| Bio |

Chris McMorran is Associate Professor of Japanese Studies at the National University of Singapore. He is a cultural geographer of contemporary Japan focusing on the geographies of home across scale, from the body to the nation. He is the author of Ryokan: Mobilizing Hospitality in Rural Japan (University of Hawai’i Press), an ethnography of a Japanese inn, based on twelve months spent scrubbing baths, washing dishes, and making guests feel at home at a hot springs resort. He also has published research on tourism, disasters, gendered labor, area studies, field-based learning, and the evolution of grading. He co-produces the Home on the Dot podcast with NUS students, which explores the meaning of home on the little red dot called Singapore. Chris grew up in a small town in Iowa but has lived outside the U.S. for much of his adult life, including Japan and Singapore, which he calls home. 

| Date & Time |

u:japan lecture | s05e02
Thursday 2022-10-13, 18:30~20:00
max. 50 participants (on site) + max. 300 participants (online) 

| Place & Preparations | 

LIVE @ Campus of the University of Vienna
Department of East Asian Studies, Japanese Studies
Seminarraum JAP 1, 2K-EG-21, Ground floor to the left
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.4 (Campus), 1090 Vienna, Austria

Please bear in mind, that strict Covid19-precautions are enforced, therefore bring and wear a FFP2-mask and comply to university's house rules. Please visit these links for university's special and general information regarding the current restrictions.

| Plattform & Link |

| Further Questions? |

Please contact ujapanlectures.ostasien@univie.ac.at or visit https://japanologie.univie.ac.at/ujapanlectures/s05/#e02.

Organiser:

Department of East Asian Studies - Japanese Studies

Location:
Seminarraum 1, (Erdgeschoß)

Japanische Gartenkunst: Ästhetik und Gestaltung

20.10.2022 18:30 - 20:00

Eine japanisch-sprachige u:japan lecture mit Yamada Takuhiro (Gartenbaumeister)

| Abstract |

In diesem Vortrag gibt der Gartenbaumeister Takuhiro YAMADA Einblicke in die Ästhetik der japanischen Gartentradition und ihre verschiedenen Gestaltungen. Sein Familienbetrieb in Kyoto (Hanatoyo Landscape Co., Ltd. / Kyoto) betreut seit Generationen Gärten von wichtigen Kulturerbestätten, wie beispielsweise die Gartenanlagen der kaiserlichen Villa Katsura Rikyu oder des Ryoanji-Tempels.

Anlass seines Besuches in Wien ist die Restaurierung des japanischen Steingartens am Campus (Hof 2) der Universität Wien (s. Workshop „Japanische Gartenkunst hautnah“, 17.-19.10.2022). 

| Informationen zum Workshop |

Bitte um Anmeldung mit Angabe der gewünschten Zeit(en) für die Teilnahme (17.-19.10., 10:00-12:00 / 14:00-16:00) an isabelle.prochaska@univie.ac.at bis 11.10.2022. Nähere Informationen finden Sie hier: https://kalender.univie.ac.at/einzelansicht/?tx_univieevents_pi1[id]=29500.

| Informationen zum japanischen Steingarten |

Der japanische Steingarten im Hof 2 des Campus ist die „Visitenkarte“ des Instituts für Ostasienwissenschaften. Er wurde 1999 anlässlich des 60-Jahre-Jubiläums des Faches Japanologie an der Universität Wien von Prof. Sepp Linhart initiiert, von Eishin Harada (Tokyo) konzipiert und gestiftet und von Hiraaki Kishimoto (Osaka) ausgeführt. Die Steine wurden eigens aus Japan importiert: Der Kies stammt aus Kyoto, die Wellensteine von der Insel Shikoku, die Mikage-Steinkugeln aus Kobe und der Wasserfall-Felsen vom Berg Ikoma bei Nara. In der japanischen Gartenkunst ist der Zaun auch essenzieller Bestandteil: So symbolisiert der Bambuszaun dieses Gartens ein Schiff und verweist auf den Wunsch, Studierende mögen das erworbene Wissen in die Welt weitertragen.

| Sprache |

Die Präsentation ist auf Japanisch und wird ins Deutsche gedolmetscht.

| Date & Time |

u:japan lecture | s05e03
Thursday 2022-10-20, 18:30~20:00
max. 50 participants (on site)

| Place & Preparations | 

LIVE @ Campus of the University of Vienna
Department of East Asian Studies, Japanese Studies
Seminarraum JAP 1, 2K-EG-21, Ground floor to the left
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.4 (Campus), 1090 Vienna, Austria

Please bear in mind, that strict Covid19-precautions are enforced, therefore bring and wear a FFP2-mask and comply to university's house rules. Please visit these links for university's special and general information regarding the current restrictions.

| Further Questions? |

Please contact ujapanlectures.ostasien@univie.ac.at or visit https://japanologie.univie.ac.at/ujapanlectures/s05/#e03.

Organiser:

Department of East Asian Studies - Japanese Studies

Location:
Seminarraum 1, (EG links)

Depopulation, property, and land issues: Addressing the akiya mondai in regional Japan

27.10.2022 18:30 - 20:00

A hybrid u:japan lecture by Niccolò Lollini (University of Oxford).

| Abstract |

This talk explores the causes and the consequences of property abandonment in regional Japan, as well as the paradox of new settlers from the city struggling to find land and houses in depopulating rural areas. Property has long been conceptualized as a bundle of rights, a metaphor pointing to the complexity of ownership and the plurality of stakeholders involved. Only by unravelling this bundle is it possible to make sense of Japan’s vacant housing crisis and its paradoxes. Property abandonment is shown to be more than a consequence of depopulation and to largely depend on the institutional and social context surrounding land ownership.  

| Bio |

Niccolò Lollini just completed a doctorate in social anthropology at the University of Oxford. His thesis explores the role of agriculture in the revitalization of regional Japan following the recent rise of pro-rural migration. His research interests include agri-food systems, property issues, and rural forms of organization.

| Date & Time |

u:japan lecture | s05e04
Thursday 2022-10-27, 18:30~20:00
max. 50 participants (on site) + max. 300 participants (online) 

| Place & Preparations | 

LIVE @ Campus of the University of Vienna
Department of East Asian Studies, Japanese Studies
Seminarraum JAP 1, 2K-EG-21, Ground floor to the left
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.4 (Campus), 1090 Vienna, Austria

Please bear in mind, that strict Covid19-precautions are enforced, therefore bring and wear a FFP2-mask and comply to university's house rules. Please visit these links for university's special and general information regarding the current restrictions.

| Plattform & Link |

| Further Questions? |

Please contact ujapanlectures.ostasien@univie.ac.at or visit https://japanologie.univie.ac.at/ujapanlectures/s05/#e04.

Organiser:

Department of East Asian Studies - Japanese Studies

Location:
Seminarraum 1 (Erdgeschoß)

Selbsthilfe, Kooperation und staatliche Hilfe in Takamori-machi - 高森町の自助・共助・公助について

03.11.2022 18:30 - 20:00

Eine japanisch-sprachige u:japan lecture mit Tsuru Tomoyuki (Abgeordneter im Stadtrat von Takamori-machi)

| Abstract |

阿蘇山のカルデラ内に位置する高森町は、地形上、様々な災害の危機に面しています。 安全・安心に暮らすため、自分だけでなく隣近所のひと、集落のひと、行政の職員など、協力しながら過ごしています。
   また、少子高齢化、人口の減少など様々な課題を抱え、町民だけでなく外部からの人材を招いて解決策を検討しています。今回は以下の3点について紹介します。
地域おこし協力隊の活動について(女性だけの歌劇団・観光推進機構)
集落支援員の活動について(高齢者支援・集落の活性化)
自然災害の避難訓練について 

Takamori liegt in der Caldera des Aso-Vulkans und sieht sich aufgrund seiner topographischen Lage einer Vielzahl von Katastrophen gegenübergestellt. Um in Sicherheit leben zu können, ist eine Kooperation von den Bewohner*innen mit ihrer Nachbarschaft, der Siedlung, aber auch der Verwaltung unerlässlich. Zudem werden zunehmend Anstrengungen unternommen, vor dem Hintergrund der demographischen Herausforderungen auch Personen von außerhalb der Region einzuladen, sich in Takamori niederzulassen. Dieser Vortrag möchte Einblicke in das Leben in Takamori aus der Perspektive eines Lokalpolitikers geben und konzentriert sich dabei auf die folgenden Aspekte:
1) Vorstellung der Aktivitäten der Chiiki Okoshi Kyōryokutai (z.B. Die Frauenband oder Möglichkeiten der Förderung des Fremdenverkehrs).
2) Vorstellung der Aktivitäten der Shūraku Shien-in (Mitarbeiter*innen zur Unterstützung des Wohnorts), insbesondere Maßnahmen zur Unterstützung der älteren Bevölkerung sowie zur Revitalisierung der Gemeinde.
3) Vorstellung des Katastrophentrainings 

bei Naturkatastrophen.

| Bio |

津留智幸 [つる ともゆき]
1965年生まれ(57歳)、高校卒業後、農業を継承 (コメ・花栽培)、1991年 結婚 (3人の娘)、2019年高森町議会議員に初当選(現在1期目)
    議員の仕事:  年4回の定例会・臨時議会に出席しての審議、行政のチェック・アドバイス、住民からの要望・意見の伝達、先進地視察

Tsuru Tomoyuki (Lokalpolitiker)
geboren 1965, ist Landwirt (Reisanbau und Blumenzucht) und seit 2019 Abgeordneter im Stadtrat von Takamori-machi. 
   In dieser Funktion nimmt er an regelmäßigen Ratssitzungen teil, kontrolliert bzw. berät die lokale Politik und sammelt Meinungen der Bevölkerung. .

| Date & Time |

u:japan lecture | s05e05
Thursday 2022-11-03, 18:30~20:00
max. 50 participants (on site)

| Place & Preparations | 

LIVE @ Campus of the University of Vienna
Department of East Asian Studies, Japanese Studies
Seminarraum JAP 1, 2K-EG-21, Ground floor to the left
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.4 (Campus), 1090 Vienna, Austria

Please bear in mind, that strict Covid19-precautions are enforced, therefore bring and wear a FFP2-mask and comply to university's house rules. Please visit these links for university's special and general information regarding the current restrictions.

| Further Questions? |

Please contact ujapanlectures.ostasien@univie.ac.at or visit https://japanologie.univie.ac.at/ujapanlectures/s05/#e05.

Organiser:

Department of East Asian Studies - Japanese Studies

Photograph by Endo Hiroshi (https://www.endhrs.com)

u:japan lectures @ University of Vienna

30.06.2022

Contact & Team

Email & Web & Phone:

Postal Address:

Department of East Asian Studies, Japanese Studies
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.4 (Campus)
1090 Vienna, Austria

Team:

Wolfram Manzenreiter
Bernhard Leitner
Christopher Kummer
Ralf Windhab
Florian Purkarthofer

More information about the u:japan lectures is available here.

ID Date* Mode** Guest / Lecturer
s05e01 2022-10-06 onsite (en) Thomas Ash
s05e02 2022-10-13 hybrid (en) Chris McMorran
s05e03 2022-10-20 onsite (jp/de) Takuhiro Yamada
s05e04 2022-10-27 hybrid (en) Niccolò Lollini
s05e05 2022-11-03 onsite (jp) Tsuru Tomoyuki
s05e06 2022-11-10 Tze M. Loo
s05e07 2022-11-17
s05e08 2022-11-24 Barbara Holthus
s05e09 2022-12-01 Yasuko Hassall-Kobayashi
s05e10 2022-12-15 Anna Wiemann
s05e11 2023-01-12 Cosima Wagner
s05e12 2023-01-19 Ivan Rumánek
s05e13 2023-01-26

*Date & Time

usually Thursdays from 18:30 to 20:00, LL = Lunch Lectures Thursdays from 12:30 to 14:00

**Mode & Language

onsite = Seminarraum 1 @ Department of East Asian Studies, Japanese Studies (University of Veinna Campus, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.4, 1090 Vienna)
online = via Zoom (no registration necessary)
hybrid = onsite and live stream via Zoom

en = English, jp = Japanese, de =German

Records

Only lecture conducted in online or hybrid mode will be recorded and available as view on demand lectures in the recorded lectures section.

 Preliminary Programme
usually Thursdays from 18:30 to 20:00, LL = Lunch Lectures Thursdays from 12:30 to 14:00
ID Date* Mode** Lecturer Title
s05e01 2022-10-06 onsite Thomas Ash Where a Nuclear Meltdown and Sexwork Intersect: Discovering the stories in the film “Boys for Sale”
s05e02 2022-10-13 hybrid Chris McMorran Ryokan: Mobilizing Hospitality in Rural Japan
s05e03 2022-10-20 onsite Takuhiro Yamada Depopulation, property, and land issues: Addressing the akiya mondai in regional Japan
s05e04 2022-10-27 hybrid Niccolò Lollini 高森町の自助・共助・公助について - Selbsthilfe, Kooperation und staatliche Hilfe in Takamori-machi
s05e05 2022-11-03 onsite Tsuru Tomoyuki Shurijō in 2022: The Politics of Cultural Heritage on the 50th Anniversary of Okinawa’s Reversion
s05e06 2022-11-10 Tze M. Loo
s05e07 2022-11-17
s05e08 2022-11-24 Barbara Holthus
s05e09 2022-12-01 Yasuko Hassall-Kobayashi
s05e10 2022-12-15 Anna Wiemann
s05e11 2023-01-12 Cosima Wagner
s05e12 2023-01-19 Ivan Rumánek
s05e13 2023-01-26

**Mode & Language

onsite = Seminarraum 1 @ Department of East Asian Studies, Japanese Studies (University of Veinna Campus, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.4, 1090 Vienna)
online = via Zoom (no registration necessary)
hybrid = onsite and live stream via Zoom

en = English, jp = Japanese, de =German