Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS) was established in September 2006 to enable promising and talented researchers to focus on their research activities under fixed-term contracts in a rich research environment. Around 40 researchers have been working on advanced research in a wide range of themes and with no limitation as to field of study. The Institute is currently recruiting researchers for AY2019 as detailed below.
Fields corresponding to Humanities
Assistant Professor (without tenure) or Associate Professor (without tenure)
Period of Appointment
Three years from the date of appointment.
In principle, the start date is April 1, 2019.
Persons with a doctorate. It is desirable for the doctorate to have been obtained within 10 years of April 1, 2019
Persons who expect to obtain a doctorate by April 1, 2019
Persons with scholarly attainment equivalent to persons who have obtained a doctorate as of April 1, 2019, and who have research experience at a research institution
Source: Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Humanities at Waseda University
via Japan Times, 04 July 2017: Readers in Japan may be interested in this special exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum, celebrating 130 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Thailand. The exhibition is on until August 27.
Miniature Elephant, Ayutthaya, Early 15th century from the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
July 4-Aug. 27 To honor 130 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Thailand, the Tokyo National Museum is presenting 140 artworks and treasures th
Source: ‘Special Exhibition: Celebrating 130 Years of Amity between Japan and Thailand — Thailand — Brilliant Land of the Buddha’ | The Japan Times
The underwater archaeology circles have been abuzz over the discovery of the wreck of the Japanese warship Musashi from Philippine waters. Preliminary examination of the wreckage suggests that the ship was torpedoed and exploded under water. Many of the news stories listed below also have videos attached to them, so get check them out for the underewater footage.
One of the anchors of the Musashi. Source: Paul Allen, via CNN
Microsoft co-founder says he’s discovered long-lost Japanese battleship
CNN, 04 March 2015
Philippines not told of battleship Musashi search
ABS-CBN, 06 March 2015
‘Ship won’t be raised’
Tempo, 08 March 2015
How Microsoft Billionaire Found Largest Sunken Battleship
National Geographic, 09 March 2015
Japanese battleship exploded underwater
AP, via Leader Post, 14 March 2015
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the wreck of a long-lost World War II Japanese battleship near the Philippines.
The philanthropist posted images on Twitter that appeared to show the Musashi, once one of the two largest warships in the world. The discovery was made aboard his superyacht, the MY Octopus, as part of an expedition that Allen launched.
The search has taken Allen and his team of researchers more than eight years.
The images and video were taken by an unmanned submersible deployed from the vessel.
One of the most famous World War II warships, the Musashi, has been discovered in Philippine waters. The person who announced the discovery is quite notable too – Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft.
Remains of the catapult ramp from the Musashi. Source: Sydney Morning Herald 20150403
WWII Japanese ship Musashi said to be found in Philippines
Sydney Morning Herald, 04 March 2015
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found one of Japan’s biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II.
Excited historians likened the discovery, if verified, to finding the Titanic, as they hailed the American billionaire for his high-tech mission that apparently succeeded after so many failed search attempts by others.
Mr Allen posted photos and video online of parts of what he said was the battleship Musashi, found by his M/Y Octopus exploration vessel one kilometre deep on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea.
Full story here.
A new permanent exhibition featuring the contributions of two prominent Japanese who lived in the Ayutthaya period opens in Ayutthaya earlier this week.
Princess Maha Chakri opened a Thai-Japanese exhibition in Ayutthaya
National News Bureau of Thailand, 11 February 2015
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn yesterday (Feb 10) proceeded to the Japanese Village in the central district of Ayutthaya, where she presided over the opening of a building designed for permanent exhibition of Yamada Nagamasa Ok Ya Sena Phimuk & Thao Thong Kip Ma (ออกญาเสนาภิมุข and ท้าวทองกีบม้า), two famous Japanese people living in the Ayutthaya period.
The development of the building was supported by the Thai-Japanese Association and private Japanese businesseses in Thailand, meant to celebrate the auspicious occasion of the 60th birthday anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on April 2, this year. The building is also meant to commemorate the long-standing relationship of more than 600 years between Thailand and Japan.
The Japanese Village has been established through the cooperation of Thai and Japanese academics and the provincial administration of Ayutthaya, to honor His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 60th anniversary in 1987 and to mark the 100th anniversary of the Thai-Japanese diplomatic relations.
Full story here.
Japan signed an MOU with Myanmar last week to assist in the development of Bagan.
Source: Democratic Voice of Burma, 20140411
Japan to help build up Bagan
Democratic Voice of Burma, 11 April 2014
Japanese emariware or porcelain have been unearthed at an excavation in Boljoon, Cebu, Philippines.
Ancient Japanese pottery in Boljoon town
Philippine Inquirer, 30 May 2011
Here’s another news piece on the Spirit of Majapahit, in English, which set off from Jakarta last week and is making its way to Japan.
Ship representing ancient Java kingdom to sail to 8 countries
05 July 2010, Zee News
10 June 2007 (Viet Nam News) – This story starts off with how Vietnamese ceramics have been found in Japan, and continues to talk about the ceramic tradition of Vietnam from ancient times to now.
Potters keep in touch with prehistoric roots
Archaeologists have discovered 14-century ceramic products of Vietnamese origin in Sakai, a small Japanese town that used to be a busy commercial port in the 15th and 16th centuries. Digs at the Royal Palace in Okinawa have also revealed many Vietnamese ceramic articles.
From the 15th to 17th centuries, Viet Nam and Japan traded earthenware. Vietnamese products appealed to the Japanese sense of humbleness for their simple forms and somewhat coarse finish. The tapered bowls that required both hands to hold were found to be more convenient than the smaller and more delicate Chinese cups.
Ceramic production made its debut in Viet Nam 4,000 years before the Christian era, in the first cultures of the Bronze Age. By the time of the Dong Son culture that marked the peak of the prehistoric civilisation in the basin of the Hong (Red) River in the first millennium before Jesus Christ, the potterâ€™s wheel and the oven had been introduced.
Read about Vietnamese ceramics tradition.
Related books about Vietnamese ceramics:
– The Ceramics of Southeast Asia : Their Dating and Identification by R. M. Brown
– Vietnamese Ceramics: A Separate Tradition by J. Stevensen, J. Guy and L. A. Cort