Toranosuke is a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and loves that he is able to make a living (such as it is at the moment on grad student stipends) engaging with Japanese history & traditional art, rather than with charts & figures, paperwork and business meetings.
He holds a MA in Japanese Studies and one in Art History, and has interned in the Japanese art sections of several prominent cultural institutions. He aspires towards a career either as a professor and scholar of Japanese history, or in the museum world or another capacity, working with Japanese history, art, and culture. A few years ago, he completed a year-long intensive Japanese language course, and is eager to return to Japan, and to Hawaii, and to become more properly engaged, in a more long-term sort of way, in local communities – i.e. the art scene, events and goings-on.
This blog serves as a place for me to share my thoughts on various topics, and to otherwise just share news, websites, books, or the like that I come across; it serves as a place for me to do so without feeling restrained by the requirements of academic rigor. I post here not in my professional capacity as an aspiring scholar, but in my personal, private capacity as a thinking person with interests and experiences. If you like what you see, then, well, thank you. I’m flattered. But if you think that what you see here is not professional enough, rigorous enough, to stand as proper scholarship, well, it’s not meant to be that. If we were all limited to only writing what was of the utmost quality, refined over dozens and dozens of edits, not only would we produce a whole lot less, but we would produce on a whole lot fewer topics. In my scholarship, I restrict myself, as we all do, to a rather narrow set of topics. This blog here is my space to get to engage in other topics, and interact with the wider internet, the wider world, on a wider set of things that interest me, and I am so glad to be able to have such an outlet.
On a similar note, I am sure there are things in here that I have left unaccounted for, things I have misrepresented or simply not said as clearly, as strongly, or as properly as I might have. I ask your forgiveness and your allowance for such things. One of the wonderful things about blogging is that it is different from, separate from, professional academic writing, or professional journalism, and does not have to be a perfectly refined argument, accounting for all the variables, covering all the possible counter-arguments. What I have here are just some thoughts; hopefully they are on the right track. Hopefully they are useful, meaningful, towards informing or inspiring further investigation. I will continue to read, and to think, and to write, and to hopefully continue to come to fuller, more complex, more nuanced, more thoroughly understood understandings of these sensitive and oh-so important matters. This is just one step along the way, and I ask your forgiveness and understanding if anything I write here is a misstep, in the steps along that path.
Thank you so much for reading, and please do feel free to leave comments!