Event: “More than Sushi: A Conversation with Debra Samuels and Cornelia Reiher about popular Japanese Cuisine in Berlin and beyond”

Join us for the Open Monday Special Edition on Food at JDZB.

Date: February 5, 2024

Time: 6 pm

Location: Japanese German Center Berlin (JDZB), Saargemünder Str. 2, 14195 Berlin

Presenters: Debra Samuels (NPO: TABLE FOR TWO USA, Content and Program Developer) and Prof. Dr. Cornelia Reiher (Freie Universität Berlin, Japanese Studies)

Link: https://jdzb.de/de/veranstaltungen/openmondayjdzb-special-food-edition

Vortrag „Kulinarische Authentizität als Emotion. Japanische Gastronom*innen in Berlin und ihre vegetarische/ vegane Kundschaft“

Vortragende: Cornelia Reiher (Freie Universität Berlin, Professorin für Japanologie)


Universität Potsdam



Datum: 23.01.2024

Zeit: 10:15 – 11:15

Informal book launch: Studying Japan: Handbook of Research Designs, Fieldwork and Methods

Since the handbook came out in December 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has been going on worldwide. Although we gave some book talks at a few universities, we could not have an onsite book launch to celebrate the handbook’s publication with our authors.

Therefore, we decided to organize an online event. As the second best option, we invited all authors to join us for a celebration via Zoom on May 18. The intercontinental celebration featured toasts and short thank you speeches, but most importantly offered authors the chance to get to know each other or meet friends during breakout sessions. While colleagues from the US had their morning coffee, authors from Asia and Australia enjoyed their after work beer.

Although the Covid-19 pandemic and the current situation with regard to vaccination in the different countries was a big topic, some authors also shared their experiences with using the handbook in class. We are looking forward to a real book launch party, hopefully in the near future.

Vortrag: Coping with uncertainty: Berlin’s Japanese restaurateurs during the Covid-19 pandemic

Diesen Donnerstag, den 03.12.2020 um 12:00 Uhr findet im Rahmen der GEAS Digital Lecture Series: East Asian Responses to Crisis ein Vortrag von Cornelia Reiher zur Situation der japanischen Restaurants in Berlin während der Covid-19 Pandemie statt.

Die Freie Universität Berlin nutzt für diese Vortragsserie das Videokonferenzsystem Webex von Cisco, für das keine Vorinstallation notwendig ist. Voraussetzung für die Teilnahme ist lediglich eine Registrierung. Folgen Sie dafür bitte folgendem Link:

03.12.2020, 12:00 Uhr: Coping with uncertainty: Berlin’s Japanese restaurateurs during the Covid-19 pandemic (Cornelia Reiher)

Weitere Informationen zur GEAS Digital Lecture Series: East Asian Responses to Crisis finden Sie auf:

Conference Report: Studying Japan

Studying Japan: The impact of transnationalization and technological innovation on methods, fieldwork and research ethics Freie Universität Berlin, July 23 and 24, 2019

The international conference “Studying Japan” took place at Freie Universität Berlin on July 23 and 24, 2019. It was kindly funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft (ERG) and Freie Universität Berlin. Organizers Cornelia Reiher (FU Berlin) and Nora Kottmann (DIJ Tokyo) welcomed an interdisciplinary group of Japan scholars to discuss methodological trends in times of transnationalization and technological innovations and to talk about ways to make methods education more accessible for students and junior researchers. The conference consisted of five panels that encompassed the whole research process from finding a research topic to publishing one’s results.