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Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University

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Welcome to my website. My name is Philip Seaton. Originally from London, I am a professor in the Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University, Japan. I have been at Hokkaido University since 2004.

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Photo: Chuo Lawn, Hokkaido University campus.



I have a broad range of research interests. The basic focus of my research is modern Japanese history from 1853 to the present day. But, I am not a historian. Instead, my research analyses the meanings of history and representations of historical events in contemporary Japan. A main aim of this site is to introduce my research. It also contains a completely up-to-date publications list.

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Photo: Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine in Asahikawa, Hokkaido.


Modern Japanese Studies Program

At Hokkaido University I am the convenor of the Modern Japanese Studies Program. MJSP provides a broad-based education in the social sciences and humanities, alongside rigorous training in the Japanese language, for an intake of 20 international students per year.

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Hokkido University's Modern Japanese Studies Program

Latest Blog Posts

Forthcoming book: Contents Tourism in Japan

Here is the publisher’s website for our forthcoming book Contents Tourism in Japan: Pilgrimages to “Sacred Sites” of Popular Culture, which is now in press.

September 23, 2016

New Publication: “Building Heritage Tourism and the Semiotics of Exhibition”

My paper given at the Japan Studies Association of Canada Conference in Tokyo in May 2015 has been published online as part of the conference proceedings. It can be accessed here.

September 23, 2016

Book accepted for publication

A book co-authored with Takayoshi Yamamura, Akiko Sugawa-Shimada and Kyungjae Jang has passed refereeing and is scheduled to be published early in 2017 by Cambria Press. Contents Tourism in Japan: Pilgrimages to “Sacred Sites” of Popular Culture will be the first monograph published about contents tourism in Japan in the English language.

August 27, 2016