kung_fu_monkey: (Hanshin Tigers)
Since many of my friends are mystified by Japanese mythology, I've got a NSFW link provided by i09 that covers the devious Tanuki and their magical testicular powers. Below that is a series of questionable artwork featuring human genitalia. At least the Tanuki knew how to party; "I'm a scary pile of dicks" just isn't as impressive.



May. 3rd, 2011 04:07 pm
kung_fu_monkey: (Hanshin Tigers)
I have finished all finals for my classes. Two of my grades have already been returned as passing, though there's still no word on the thesis. I'll be attending the East Asian ceremony this Friday, but I'll pass on the formal Commencement ceremony.

There. I've done it. I've *finally* completed my Bachelor's Degree.
kung_fu_monkey: (animated)

This link should take you to the Google Docs page where I've uploaded my thesis. It seems to work for me, but let me know if you have problems accessing it.

Yes, there are formatting issues in the G-Docs version that do not exist in the original. It can't be helped.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed the research.
kung_fu_monkey: (animated)
After one last round of revisions, the thesis is complete. I will be turning it in tomorrow to Shimazaki Sensei. *whew*
kung_fu_monkey: (Default)
1000th entry. Woo.

Also, I think I've completed my thesis. I'm sending it out to a few folks to see how it holds up, and then I'll meet with my advisor about it.

Wow. I'm really close to done.
kung_fu_monkey: (Hanshin Tigers)
S-Sensei and I met to discuss the state of my thesis and she's overall quite pleased with how it's turned out. Sure, there are revisions to do (both [livejournal.com profile] mahannie57 and [livejournal.com profile] zalena had critiques which fell in line with Sensei's), but they're not nearly as overwhelming as I'd feared. In short, I'm about 95% complete with the thing a few weeks before finals occur as I had anticipated. This? This makes me happy. With the paper out of the way, I'll be able to focus on finals and be done with school.

If you want to read it, I'll send you an electronic copy after it's finished. I don't think it's a fantastic paper, but it's not dull, either.
kung_fu_monkey: (Hanshin Tigers)
In other news, both [livejournal.com profile] mahannie57 and [livejournal.com profile] zalena state that my thesis is good, needing a few tweaks here and there, but otherwise quite close to completion and fun to read.

This makes me very, very happy. My thanks to you both!!
kung_fu_monkey: (Angry Deer)
Stoopid homework keeping me from my project. Hmph. Still, the thesis is nearly complete. Special shout out to [livejournal.com profile] mahannie57 for the help!
kung_fu_monkey: (animated)
I love my guys!

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kung_fu_monkey: (Hanshin Tigers)
I am not watching the Oscars. I have never watched the Oscars, and I highly doubt I will ever do so willingly. As such, I have a nice chunk of time to address the influence of Neo-Confucianism in the Tokugawa period regarding my monster studies thesis paper. La la.
kung_fu_monkey: (timmy)
Last night, CU Boulder hosted a talk by Norihiro Kato, a well known author and literary critic in Japan. He discussed what Godzilla really means to Japan, how the monster has changed, and what he's come to be in the current state of Japanese society.

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After the talk, [livejournal.com profile] zalena, who was able to attend, offered to give [livejournal.com profile] dr_tectonic and I a ride home to celebrate [livejournal.com profile] robbster_zombie's birthday dinner. However...

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[livejournal.com profile] robbster_zombie wanted to head off to BJs for B-Day dinner. I had never been there, but they're apparently known for some delicious personal pizzas.

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While I'm flitting about fueled by excess energy, I want to toss out a note to the locals about an upcoming event at CU Boulder

In the Humanities building, the original version of Godzilla will be shown at 5 PM. It's free to attend, but you might want to bring a snack as it's long and can be a bit slow at times.

"Godzilla" Film Screening
Thursday, January 13 at 5:00p.m.
Humanities 150

I bring this up since it actually prefaces a very significant lecture by one of Japan's leading literary critics who rarely has talks here in the States. His discussion is directly related to my 'monster studies,' so if you want to know a bit about what I'm delving in, feel free to attend! It's virtually mandatory for me to attend this lecture, so if you want to arrange a meeting point or whatnot, lemme know!


From Godzilla to Hello Kitty
A lecture by Norihiro Kato, one of Japan's most prominent public intellectuals and professor at Waseda University's School of International Liberal Studies

Friday, January 14 at 4:00p.m.
Humanities 250

Why does Godzilla continue to haunt Japan, coming back over and over again to Tokyo? And why, despite Godzilla’s destructiveness, do we still love him? Where does Hello Kitty come into this picture and why has she been so important in talking about popular culture and national identity? “From Godzilla to Hello Kitty” will explore the deeper meanings behind two globally famous cultural icons—Godzilla and Hello Kitty—that speak to us about postwar Japan, trauma, and the still unresolved issue of war responsibility.

Professor Norihiro Kato (Waseda University) is one of Japan’s most important and controversial Japanese literary and cultural critics. He has published more than thirty books on topics that encompass history, film and visual culture, cultural studies, economics, and political science. Recently he published a widely read and cited op-ed piece in the New York Times expanding his critical engagement beyond Japan.

The event will be preceded on January 13th by a film screening of the original 1954 Godzilla, which was only recently released in the US.
kung_fu_monkey: (timmy)
I knock on her door hesitantly, wondering if she'll remember me. The door opens.

"S________-Sensei?" I ask.

"Hi! Ohashiburi desu ne!" She recognizes me instantly, which throws me off balance.

"So desu ne, Sensei! You... remember me?"

"Of course! You went to Japan last year. How was it?" She's simply gleaming.

I'm invited in. She's got a class to get to in a handful of minutes, but she's still willing to hear my question.

I tell her briefly about my trip and how utterly awesome it was, which she's glad to hear. Okay, she's warmed up, time to address the issue at hand.

"Sensei, I need help. I'm working on my Senior Thesis, and I can't find an advisor."

"Oh. Okay, what are you wanting to research?"

"I want to discuss bakemono and yokai in-"

She interrupts.

"I'm in. I want to be on your committee. How many adivsors do you need?"

If she was gleaming before, she's scintillating now. She's immediately eyeing her books while I fill her in on the details of my work, what sources I've read, and where I'm at with it. Most of what I've read she's familiar with, and she's already supplying me with new material.

"Oh, this sounds fun! I'm glad that someone is researching this. Are you available to meet this Thursday during my office hours to set up a meeting schedule?"


And suddenly, I have an advisor that is positively thrilled to work with me on my research of Japanese mythological creatures of past and present. It's time to get to work.


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