Welcome to my website. My name is Philip Seaton. Originally from London, I am a professor in the Office of International Affairs/International Student Center at Hokkaido University, Japan. I have been at Hokkaido University since 2004.
I have a broad range of research interests in the modern history and society of Japan, but I categorise them into three main areas (although there is much overlap between them): 1) War Memories, 2) Hokkaido History and Society, and 3) Tourism. A main aim of this site is to introduce my research. It also contains a completely up-to-date publications list.
Modern Japanese Studies Program
At Hokkaido University I am a course co-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. Do visit the MJSP website to learn more about the program.
Latest Blog Posts
I have been following closely the Mamoru Samuragochi scandal (the “Japanese Beethoven” who is not the deaf genius he claimed to be). Here are my first thoughts on the matter in my column in the Hokkaido Shinbun newspaper (5 March). Translation at the bottom. More to follow on this topic when the time is right …
A book chapter that I co-authored has just been published: ‘The Mediatisation of Culture: Japanese contents tourism and popular culture’ in the edited volume Mediating the Tourist Experience: From Brochures to Virtual Encounters, edited by Jo-Anne Lester and Caroline Scarles. For more details, see this link. This is the first major publication to come out …
The autumn leaves are at their best now …