Weekly Opinion
Yukari Sai

Halal in Everyday Life: Learn from Muslims

Yukari Sai
Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study

Recently, we have begun to hear and see the word halal all around us. Halal means things and actions permitted or lawful in Islam law (Shariah). The opposite term of halal is haram (forbidden). Well-known forbidden acts are eating pork, and drinking intoxicant materials. [More...]

(Jul. 24)


Fine Arts

Gustave Courbet in 21st-Century France and Japan

Yoko Kitamura
Professor of the School of Culture, Media and Society, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) was a French painter involved in the 19th-century realism movement. His famous works A Burial at Ornans and The Painter’s Studio are large paintings with a height of 3 meters and a width of 7 meters. Both of these works provoked severe criticism when they were first revealed. Even now, the “lack of common sense” in these works can be felt when viewing the actual paintings at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, a museum which held a large-scale replacement of exhibitions in 2011. [More...]

(Aug. 9)


Knowledge Co-Creation - Profiles of researchers

Treating Sleep Disorders with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Taking Another Look at Anxiety Disorders and Depression Through Sleep

Isa Okajima
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University

My interest in clinical psychology began when I was in high school. My health and physical education teacher was attending graduate school to become certified clinical psychologist, and he introduced the use of persona (theatrical mask) in his lesson. During his lesson, he pointed out to me that I was focusing too much on acting and that there was no feeling in it. [More...]

(Jun. 13)

Waseda research zone - latest news on project research

Formation on Integrated Maritime Law Research and Education Center Promoted through the Joint Effort of Industry-Academia-Government

Japan is an island nation. Historically, Japan has interacted and traded with East Asia and the world by sea. Today, 99.9% (weight base) of transnational logistics in Japan is dependent on maritime transport. [More...]

(Jul. 11)


Dreaming Media: TV Drama Exhibition

Minako Okamuro
Director, Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University

On September 30, 2014, I received a call from Katsumi Oyama, a famous Japanese producer known for Kishibe no Album (Riverside Album). He said, "Could we hold a television drama exhibition at the Theatre Museum?" It was just five days before his untimely death. [More...]

(May. 24)