伊勢の足跡 (Ise no ashiato), “Footprints of Ise,” is a record of information about and personal experiences in the city of Ise, Japan, while participating in the “「伊勢」と日本スタディプログラム (“Ise” and Japan Study Program) hosted by 皇學館大学 Kōgakkan University. The second annual Ise Program was held from February 23 to March 13, 2015, with 11 student participants from 7 different countries and 9 different universities.
Paula R. Curtis is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on network formation and social, economic, and material exchange between artisan associations, courtiers, and warriors in late medieval period Japan. She is presently conducting research as an affiliate at Tokyo University.
Paula is the creator and primary editor of the blog What can I do with a B.A. in Japanese Studies? [shinpaideshou.wordpress.com].
She is presently developing Carving Community: The Landis-Hiroi Collection [carvingcommunity-dentouart.com], a digital archive based on an oral history project. This archive showcases traditional Japanese arts and cultural exchange between Japan and the U.S. through the story of the lives of and friendship between Hiroi Michiaki, an Edogoma 江戸独楽 artisan, and Janell Landis, his former apprentice.