‘Ghostly’ Themed Reading

Spectral traces of Japan’s past are waiting to be uncovered at Aoyama Cemetery…what better way to prepare for Day 1 of the APWAR Summer Workshop than whiling away the hours with a little ‘ghostly’ themed reading:

[1] Kong, L. (1999) ‘Cemeteries and Columbaria, memorials and mausoleums: narrative and interpretation in the study of deathscapes in geography’, Australian Geographical Studies, 37(1), pp. 1-10.

[2] Maddrell, A. (2013) ‘Living with the deceased: absence, presence and absence-presence’, Cultural Geographies, 20(4), pp. 501-522.

[3] Pile, S. (2005) ‘Spectral Cities: Where the Repressed Returns and Other Short Stories’ in Hillier, J. and Rooksby, E. (eds.) Habitus: A Sense of Place. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Group, pp. 235-257.

[4] van Bremen, J. (1998) ‘Death rites in Japan in the twentieth century’ In: Hendry, J. (ed), Interpreting Japanese Society: Anthropological Approaches. 2nd Edition. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 131-146.



【Meet the People 2】Iris Haukamp

Iris Haukamp has been with Tokyo University of Foreign Studies for about two years and, thanks to a circuit of public lectures and talk events in different milieus, she is becoming well-known among the aficionados and scholars of the pre-war and wartime Japanese films in and around Tokyo. Her scholarly interests have been on film and society with particular emphasis on trans-border production process, inter-cultural relations and gender. For this workshop, she is focusing on the basic question of why people need the visual representations of “heroes” especially in times of war. For more on Iris:


【Meet the People 1】Satoshi NAKANO

Professor Satoshi Nakano’s scholarship covers the Philippine Studies, International Relations among the Philippines, U.S. and Japan and Politics of Memory. One of the recent practical influences of his scholarship was on Japanese Emperor Akihito’s visit to the Philippines this January, in which Emperor Akihito addressed not only damages of war at large –usual ambiguities of Japanese politicians’ speeches on the issues surrounding Asia Pacific War– but actual sufferings of the Filipinos. He stated, “Last year Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. During this war, fierce battles between Japan and the United States took place on Philippine soil, resulting in the loss of many Filipino lives and leaving many Filipinos injured. This is something we Japanese must never forget and we intend to keep this engraved in our hearts throughout our visit.”

Relevant Websites

History of the Komaba Campus

Yasukuni Shrine

Walking Guide on Aoyama Cemetery

Memorials near Ikejiri Ohashi Station (Japanese)

History of Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo (Japanese)

Remnants of the First Higher School at Komaba Campus

Old Photos of the First Higher School

Summer Workshop 2017


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Asia-Pacific War Studies Project (APWAR): Summer Workshop 2017
–Discovering “Dai-Nippon”: memory, place and the politics of identity–

This two-day workshop will examine the complex—often controversial—issue of public memory in post-war Japan. Day 1 explores the roles of haunting and narrative in the production of sites of memory and includes visits to Aoyama Cemetery and Yasukuni Shrine. Day 2 focuses on wartime visual and material culture, including the screening of wartime films and an interactive lecture. These tours and screening will be followed by critical reflections, facilitated by cultural geographers, film studies specialists and historians. You will find yourselves at the point of conflict between sentiment and justice, and between traditional Japan and post-war “pacifist” Japan. The workshop will be conducted entirely in English. This is “doing history” in action and you will meet people with similar interests from a range of backgrounds and countries.

Modern Asian History, Japanese History/Studies, Politics of Memory, Cultures of Remembrance, Cultural Geography, Film Studies, Popular and Material Culture, Japan’s International Relations

July 31 (Monday), 10:00-18:00
August 1 (Tuesday), 10:15-17:30
Venue: University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus 1, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (and tours to Aoyama Cemetery and Yasukuni Shrine)

– No tuition fee required
– This event is a registration-only summer workshop project without any formal relations to Hitotsubashi University (HU) or University of Tokyo (UTokyo).

How to Join?

Send an email to


or fill in the form below with your name, email address and affiliation by 5 pm, Friday, July 28, 2017.
Non-students and late registration will be accepted pending availability.





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