Visual Anthropology of Japan” is the name of the blog by anthropologist Steven Fedorowicz (Kansai Gaidai University). All of his students in his class with the same name are required to blog. He links to more than a dozen student blogs.
The blog was set up in the Fall of 2006 when I began teaching the class “Visual Anthropology of Japan” at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata City, Osaka, Japan. Originally it was set up as a place where links to student project blogs were posted. Every semester the class, blog and student projects have changed, evolved and hopefully improved.
The blog is done in the spirit of collaboration, discussion, dialogue, open text and open access. It is my hope that people will check out my students’ blogs, leave feedback and advice and take part in the dialogue of visual anthropology in Japan.
Students have various backgrounds (both international and Japanese students), interests, levels and experience in anthropology. Their common goal is to explore how to represent Japanese culture through visual means, and their individual blogs serve as the medium where they present their work. Visual Anthropology of Japan also includes resources, announcements, photo essays and other information that might be of interest to a wider audience.
His own blog has blog posts with titles as Globalization Visual Anthropology Photo Essay: Japan in Hawaii, and Can you do visual anthropology with your cell phone? and Visualizing Terror in Japan.
In his most recent post, he asks:
What do all the photos in this post have in common? At least part of the picture is blurry. And why? The Japanese people pictured here are deaf. That means part of their body is being used to communicate while I was attempting to photograph them. Japanese Sign Language entails more than movements of hands and arms - it uses the entire body.
It is getting crowdy in my blog overview, the antropologi.info Anthropology newspaper, so I’ve removed some inactive blogs. Links to blogger-blogs are corrected.