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.
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.
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.
Latest Blog Posts
A monograph I co-authored with three colleagues, titled Contents Tourism in Japan: Pilgrimages to “Sacred Sites” of Popular Culture, has been published by Cambria Press. View the publisher’s website here. There is also a flyer produced by Cambria Press. It is now available to be ordered from the publisher and your local bookstore.
平成２８年度研究総長賞（奨励賞）を受賞しました。２年連続で受賞させていただいたことはとても名誉なことだと思っています。１月３１日の表彰式に出席する予定です。 I am honoured to have been awarded a Hokkaido University President’s Award for Outstanding Research for the second year in a row. The prize ceremony is on 31 January. Update (31 January): I was delighted that my main research partner on the contents tourism project, Professor Takayoshi Yamamura, also won a prize!
I have completed the online appendix for my book Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido. It contains many links useful for researching colonial and war history/memory issues in Hokkaido. Check it out here.