Month: May 2015

Retirement – Maureen Donovan

Maureen Donovan

Maureen Donovan

Today we bid farewell to our Japanese Studies Librarian, Maureen Donovan. Maureen is retiring from OSUL after 37 years of service. An interview by Caitlin McGurk with Maureen on her career in OSUL and the development of the manga collection can be found here on the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Blog.

Thank you, Maureen, for the years of inspiration and contribution!

Travelling to Japan – Resources on Japanese Etiquette and Mannerisms

Learning the everyday mannerisms necessary to operate in a foreign society like Japan can seem overwhelming. However, taking the time to research some common social practices can go a long way in deepening your understanding. For those looking to visit Japan, or those just researching at home, OSUL has numerous resources available on Japanese culture and etiquette. There are also studies, such as 在日留学生に必要なソーシャル・スキル (Necessary Social Skills for International Students in Japan) by 田中 共子(Tomoko Tanaka),  高井 次郎(Jiro Takai) and  神山 貴弥 (Takaya Kohyama), that analyze and give suggestions on how to successfully cope with these social difficulties. Continue reading