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Timescapes Workshop: Schedule of Talks

Timetable of talks at 'Timing Day and Night: Timescapes in Premodern Japan' International Workshop at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, 15th-17th April 2015





Venue:  Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Rooms 8&9

            University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 9DA


Wednesday, 15 April


18.00: Welcome Reception (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)


Day 1 Thursday 16 April (FAMES)


9.00-9.20 Welcome address and general information (Brigitte Steger and Angelika Koch, University of Cambridge)


9.20-10.10 SESSION: Time theories


Raji Steineck (Zurich University)

Theories of Time in the study of premodern Japan


10.10-11.00 SESSION: The premodern Japanese hour system


Gerhard Leinss (HU Berlin)

The calendar and the hour system in Japan: a historical review


11.00-11.30 Coffee Break


11.30-13.00 SESSION: Night-time and sleep


Brigitte Steger (University of Cambridge)

Timing sleep in premodern Japan


Gergana Petkova (Sofia University)

The Night in Japanese Fairy Tales


13.00-14.30 Lunch Break & coffee


14.30-16.30 SESSION: Beyond the everyday- Extraordinary time


Claudio Caniglia (SOAS)

Conch shell and ritual sticks. Extraordinary and ordinary time during yamabushi practices


Eric Decreux (Universite Orleans)

Time in the tea ceremony


Raluca Nicolae (Bucharest University of Economic Studies)

Stopping the Sun in the Sky. Manipulating time in Japanese folktales and legends


16.00-16.30 Coffee break


16.30-17.45 Discussion: Time research networks and cooperation


Hirata Hiroko (Yamaguchi Time Research Institute and Japanese Society of Time Studies)

Time Research Activities in Japan


Brigitte Steger/Angelika Koch/Rebekah Clements/Philip Garrett

The ‘Timescapes’ project at the University of Cambridge



Rakugo performance : Tachigire senkō たちぎれ線香 (The Time Is Up Incense)

Performed in English by 玄関マット (Matthew Shores), with an introduction by Angelika Koch


Day 2 Friday April 17 (FAMES)


9-10.30 SESSION: Medieval timescapes


Ben Grafström (Akita University)

Birds of a Feather: Ornithology, rice cultivation, and the passing of time in the Kōwakamai Fushimi Tokiwa


Kristina Buhrman (Florida State University)

Drums, solar position, and paper reports: The expansion of early medieval beliefs about temporal orientation as seen in construction rituals and the 12th-century sato dairi.


10.30-11.00 Coffee Break


11.00-13.00 SESSION: Timing early modern daily life


Elizabeth Kenney (Kansai Gaidai University)

Telling time in the diaries of Yoshida Kanemi and Bonshun


Morishita Toru (Yamaguchi University)

Timing city life in Edo Japan  [in Japanese]


Angelika Koch (University of Cambridge)

Nightless cities: Timing the pleasure quarters in Edo Japan


13.00-14.30 Lunch Break


14.30-16.00 SESSION: From premodern to modern timescapes


Katja Schmidtpott (FU Berlin)

Temporal behaviour in Japanese rural society and the Local Improvement Campaign (1906-1918)

Juliane Aso (FU Berlin):

Space and Temporality in the Japanese Empire


16.00-16.30 Coffee Break


16.30-18.00 General Discussion


19.00 Formal Dinner at Trinity Hall (for speakers)


The workshop is held in collaboration with the Japanese Society of Time Studies and Yamaguchi Time Research Institute. Funding has been generously provided by the GB Sasakawa Foundation, the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Japanese Studies funds.

The workshop is open to the public. Workshop participation fee is £50, but fees will be waived for those registering via email to Dr Angelika Koch ( by 12 April 2015.