Cultural and international history of 19th-century Japan. Japan's cultural encounter with the West. Japanese source material from diaries to published works. Iwakura Embassy, which helped to shape state policy in Japan's drive for modernisation.
More information about Dr Cobbing can be found on his webpage.
Documentaries for Japanese and Korean TV companies, including NHK. BBC News and Radio 4's In Our Time.. Consultancies for magazines and art projects, including Mike Leigh's Topsy Turvy (2000).
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