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  • Thumbnail for The flow of cultural tides : the Korean Wave in Japan
    The flow of cultural tides : the Korean Wave in Japan by Senn, Kathleen M.

    This thesis explores the Korean Wave, or the popularity of South Korean pop-cultural artifacts, on contemporary Japanese society. Emerging in the last decade, the Korean Wave may hold potential for the relationship between Japan's Zainichi Korean population and ethnically Japanese people to change.

  • Thumbnail for Does whaling make cents? : A bioeconomic model of the Antarctic minke whale and the Japanese whaling industry
    Does whaling make cents? : A bioeconomic model of the Antarctic minke whale and the Japanese whaling industry by Buchanan, Samuel Prescott

    Japan's whaling fleet and environmental organizations are clashing in the Antarctic Ocean as Japan continues to conduct lethal scientific research on whales, specifically on the Antarctic minke whale (AMW). This conflict and issues surrounding other cetaceans have received substantial media attention in the past few years due to the Sea Shepherds Society's television show entitled Whale Wars and the movie The Cove. These productions succeeded in spreading awareness of Japan's lethal research on whales and harvests of dolphins, but insufficiently explained why Japan is engaging in practices that damage her international reputation. These media productions do not provide bioeconomic analysis modeling whether or not the species is threatened by Japan's actions nor the economics of whaling and Japan's market for whale products. Scientific articles related to the biology of whales, and historical, political, and cultural investigations that provide the foundation for the whaling conflict do not explore if Japan's lethal scientific research threatens the AMW with extinction nor explore the economics of Japan's whaling industry and domestic market if commercial whaling were to resume. This thesis aims to answer these questions by constructing a bioeconomic model composed of biological parameters and data from Japan's whaling fleet to estimate various sustainable catch yields and the corresponding AMW population sizes, Japan's seasonal effort in catcher-boat hours, and seasonal sustainable revenues. The eventual equilibrium population and sustainable catch yield if Japan maintains its current harvest effort, the maximum sustained yield, the condition of zero net revenue, and the condition in which the discounted total present value for all future whaling revenue is achieved will be explored in particular. The results conclude that Japan's current scientific research does not endanger the AMW, and furthermore concludes that whaling is not only profitable, but the industry capacity, high costs, and shrinking domestic demand discourage overharvesting that could lead to the collapse of the species

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    Based on grain size, two populations of pyroxenes and plagioclase exist in this sample; the first are the fine-grained, equant crystals of the glassy groundmass, and the second, the subhedral to anhedral phenocrysts visible in handsample. The inconsistently-shaped plagioclase grains are sometimes zoned and frequently contain inclusions of glass.

  • Thumbnail for The Commodification of Kimonos: a Reflection on Cultural Appropriation
    The Commodification of Kimonos: a Reflection on Cultural Appropriation by Li, Boxin

    The growing tourist industry in Japan has brought up people's attention to the country's traditional culture. Kimono, the national costume of Japan, is one of the most attractive cultural symbols. As more foreigners get interested in trying on kimonos, there are questions about cultural appropriation--a term that should be understood within context but not negative stereotypes. In Japan, cultural appropriation of traditional cultures is a way of saving them in the current commercial era.

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    Phenocrystic phases in this thin section are subhedral plagioclase, clinopyroxene, and orthopyroxene, found both as isolated crystals and as glomeroporphyroclasts. Some plagioclase phenocrysts have inclusions of equant pyroxenes and blebs of glass. Glass and plagioclase comprise the vesicular groundmass.

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    This thin section has a diabasic texture. While the plagioclase has remained relatively unaltered, clinopyroxene has been almost entirely pseudomorphed by serpentine. Anhedral clusters of calcite is found throughout.

  • Thumbnail for JPN-21

    According to the sample information sheet, JPN-21 is a crossite-epidote-amphibole-bearing blueschist. Though mineral identification is somewhat complicated by the fine-grained nature of this foliated green rock, the dominant minerals appear to be quartz, chlorite, and calcite or aragonite, all of which are elongated and strongly aligned.

  • Thumbnail for JPN-14

    Texturally, this thin section still resembles a gabbro, with the exception of several talc and serpentine filled veins cross cutting the otherwise equigranular mosaic of clinopyroxene and olivine.

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    This aphanitic basalt is comprised entirely of aligned, microcrystalline plagioclase laths with interstitial olivine. The olivine is being replaced by iddingsite and while larger olivine phenocrysts are merely rimmed with iddingsite, the smaller, interstitial grains have been entirely altered to iddingsite.

  • Thumbnail for [2013-03-25 Block 7] Tapestries of apocalypes : from Angers to 'Nausicaa' and beyond
    [2013-03-25 Block 7] Tapestries of apocalypes : from Angers to 'Nausicaa' and beyond by Napier, Susan

    The First Mondays Event Series is a campus-wide forum that aims to engage all members of the CC community, including students, staff, administrators and faculty. The series creates opportunities for the whole community to gather, encouraging everyone to be part of the intellectual life of the college, and facilitating discourse among students, faculty, and staff, across courses, disciplines, and divisions. This First Mondays Event features Susan Napier of Tufts University, who began her academic career in Japanese literature, but has expanded her field of research to include the medium of Japanese animation. Two of her books include "Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Japanese Animations" (2001) and "From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Western Imagination" (2007). She is currently writing a book on the films and manga of Hayao Miyzaki, Japan’s greatest living animator and arguably the greatest animator in the world today. Also interested in many other areas besides Japan, Napier currently teaches The Cinema of Apocalypse and Fantasy in World Culture and hopes to develop a course on science fiction soon. This event was sponsored by Gaylord Endowment for Pacific Areas Studies Annual Lecture, National Endowment for the Humanities Professorship and Asian Student Union. This lecture was presented at Colorado College, Armstrong Hall, March 25, 2013.

  • Thumbnail for Oral Contraceptives in Japan: Government Influence on Modern-Day Perception and Use
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    The majority of this thin section is a mosaic of inequigranular, anhedral hornblende and highly-poikilitic k-feldspar. Though a few large, irregularly shaped masses of prehnite are interspersed amidst the hornblende and k-feldspar, most prehnite is concentrated along a single vein that runs the length of the thin section. Some of the prehnite shows anomalous blue extinction.

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    The plagioclase lath in this aphanitic basalt are generally all the same size and are strongly aligned to form a classic trachytic texture with interstitial olivine. A few larger crystals of both phases are observed.

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    Most of this thin section is serpentine. Scattered throughout are optically-continuous, serpentine-framed fragments of olivine and somewhat larger, texturally-similar orthopyroxene fragments.

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    The groundmass of this porphyritic basalt is comprised chiefly of glass, plagioclase, and clinopyroxene, in decreasing proportions respectively. Some plagioclase phenocrysts have sieve textures, some inclusions of glass blebs, others are concentrically zoned, and still more are relatively fresh. Clinopyroxene phenocrysts frequently form glomeroporphyroclasts, sometimes with olivine; several grains have coronas of differing composition growing around them. Both olivine and clinopyroxene are heavily fractured and irregularly shaped.

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    The phenocrysts in this basalt are plagioclase, orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene. Most pyroxenes are gathered in glomeroporphyroclasts with plagioclase, though the latter phase is most commonly found as isolated, irregularly twinned and shaped phenocrysts. The groundmass is glass and plagioclase.

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    The olivine that is so conspicuous in the JPN-3 handsample is conspicuously absent in thin section and represented by a mere 1 or 2 grains. Rather, phenocrysts of plagioclase and pyroxenes dominate the phaneritic phases. Both phases are subhedral and the plagioclase in particular indicates several different generations of growth. Some plagioclase is concentrically zoned, though most grains contain alternating inclusion-rich and poor zones. Inclusions are of pyroxenes and glass blebs. The groundmass contains glass, plagioclase microlites, and tiny pyroxenes.

  • Thumbnail for JPN-7

    Although labeled an andesite on the sample record sheet, the presence of olivine and absence of hydrous mafic phases in this thin section indicate it is more basaltic in composition. Texturally, it is characteristic of a basalt as well, with a glassy and plagioclase-rich groundmass and phenocrysts of plagioclase, both pyroxenes and olivine. All phenocrysts are subhedral and plagioclase contains inclusions of glass.

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    Interpenetrating zones of optically-continuous, pebbly-textured olivine, fibrous serpentine, and radiating talc. This thin section has interfingered scaly and fibrous textures.

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    The Western Influence on Japanese Weddings by Leong, Mitchell

    This thesis discusses the factors that have led to the popularity of the Western-style wedding in Japan, especially of Walt Disney. The idea of how popular the Western-style wedding was explored through a survey given to college-aged students sampling their opinion on the style of wedding they desired.

  • Thumbnail for Making it and breaking it : Japanese and American cultural perspectives on friendship
    Making it and breaking it : Japanese and American cultural perspectives on friendship by Moore, Kiyomi L.

    This thesis compared the nature of friendship among American and Japanese college students of both sexes. The process of making and keeping friends, the characteristics of friendship, and the potential causes of the break-up of friendship were explored with a 75-item, paper-and-pencil questionnaire. The respondents were fellow college students at Waseda University in Tokyo while I was studying there during 2012-13, numbering 32 Japanese (18 women and 14 men) and 32 Americans (17 women and 15 men). The research questions were: (1) Within a given culture, either American or Japanese, are there differences between men and women in their friendship dynamics? (2) Are there any cultural contrasts in the nature of friendship between Americans and Japanese? and (3) If there are indeed some differences of either variety, what is the nature of the disparities? In total, 14 statistically significant results were discovered: six divergences between the two sexes (three each for the two groups, Americans and Japanese) and eight cultural contrasts. Attentiveness, placidity, and attractiveness were at issue between the American men and women, while togetherness, serious conversation, and the scope of social connections were dividing factors for the Japanese. The cultural contrasts consisted of the ways of finding a friend, the qualities sought for in friends, and the experience of friendship dissolution.

  • Thumbnail for Long live the emperor! legitimizing infrastructural expansion in Meiji Japan
    Long live the emperor! legitimizing infrastructural expansion in Meiji Japan by Alvarado, Dominic Jose

    This thesis determines if the Japanese government deviated from previously-established methods of movement from a despotic to an infrastructural power structure in using the Emperor to legitimize the changes taking place within the nation. Of primary focus is how Shintoism has evolved, discourse within the Japanese nation in incorporating foreign influences, and how the Japanese education system represented a key component in the utilization of Shintoism to address issues of modernization from 1853-1945.

  • Thumbnail for JPN-13

    As is characteristic of a harzburgite, this sample is greater than 90% olivine, with a few large clinopyroxene grains, fracture-infilled serpentine, and occasional, moderately-sized rutile grains making up the remaining constituents of the rock. Serpentinization is minimal.

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    Plagioclase is a much more abundant member of the groundmass in this basal than many other basalts in this suite. It, along with two pyroxene phases, comprise the poikilitic, subhedral phenocryst population. Plucking of both phases disrupts the quality of the thin section.

  • Thumbnail for JPN-18

    The largest crystals in this sample, visible in handsample, are clinopyroxene, much of which has strong exsolution lamellae. Much smaller are the olivine crystals, which have subsequently been broken into a serpentine-framed mosaic of optically-continuous fragments.