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 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.
The International Journal of Contents Tourism, which I co-edit with Professor Takayoshi Yamamura, has just published its first research article and a number of research notes. Do visit the site to see this important component of our contents tourism project.
I will be on sabbatical from 1 October 2016 to 31 March 2017. During this period I will be concentrating on research. As I already have an extremely full schedule for the coming 8 months (including August and September 2016), I am now turning down all invitations to conferences and all requests to write papers …