Assistant Professor of Japanese
Joined Connecticut College: 2008
Yale University, B.A., Ph.D.
Japanese literature and culture
Literary and visual interpretations of history
Takeshi Watanabe holds a Ph.D. in pre-modern Japanese literature.
Watanabe's recent areas of research include Japanese tea culture, the historical literature of the Heian period, 11th to 12th-century diaries written in Chinese by Japanese courtiers, Japanese food culture and cultural exchange in East Asia.
Watanabe has taught Introduction to Japanese Civilization, Intermediate Japanese, Introduction to Asian Art, Representations of War and Disaster in Japan, The Japanese Tea Ceremony, and Confronting Images of Modern Japan: Geisha, Samurai, Godzilla. In the 2010-2011 academic year, he will teach a new course, The Legacy of WWII in Post-war Japan.
His recent publications include:
"Rice, Wine, or Both: Overwriting Sectarian Strife in the Tendai Shuhanron Debate." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 36:2, (2009), 259-278. http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/publications/jjrs/pdf/820.pdf
"Breaking Down Boundaries: A History of Chanoyu." In Tea Culture of Japan, ed. Sadako Ohki. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 2009
Essay on Japanese cuisine in the late Heian period in a forthcoming volume on the Chuyuki, a courtier's journal covering the years 1087 to 1138 CE
Watanabe has traveled extensively in China (Xinjiang, Sichuan, Yunnan, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia and Shanxi Provinces) to study cultural exchange from the continent into Japan.
"If you are rich, you can give to those who suffer. If you are strong, you can support those who suffer. If you are neither rich nor strong, you can listen to them and offer your sympathy, telling them you are sorry. That is good enough." - the Buddha, as interpreted by Tezuka Osamu