So guys, tonight I watched a play written by my fellow public historian Emily Keyes, and I’m feeling compelled to fangirl about it because it was Just. That. Good. Bear with me for a moment and let me tell you why it rang true for me in so many ways.
The Golden Temple
Second in my series of favourite Japanese destinations is Kyoto’s Kinkaku-ji, or Golden Temple, which we saw shortly after leaving Arashiyama and Bamboo Street. True to its name, the Golden Temple is covered almost entirely in gold leaf. It makes for a stunning landmark on its own, but paired with a serene lake and well-tended garden, it is nothing short of spectacular…
Bamboo Street in Arashiyama
Beginning with the Tenryu-ji Zen Temple and Sogenchi Garden, our day trip in Kyoto continued at the edge of a deep bamboo grove. Leaving the garden and temple complex behind, we entered the grove, noted as “Bamboo Street” in English. This is one of Kyoto’s (and indeed, Japan’s) most well-known destinations, and for good reason.
So this is just a quick post to say I’m back from my trip to Japan and I’m ready to write about it! (I think the last vestiges of jet lag are finally gone, anyway.) It’s hard to believe that less than two weeks ago, I was still there. I miss it already…
The main purpose of the trip was a wedding, which is kind of a cool story in itself. 15 years ago, my parents and I hosted a Japanese exchange student for a year. We kept in touch off and on, and a few months ago she told us she was engaged and invited us to the wedding. I had always hoped that I might get to visit her one day, so when a serious opportunity arose I decided to go for it. And I am so glad I did! It was my first trip to Japan (or to Asia at all, for that matter), but given how much I enjoyed my time there, I am sure it won’t be the last. Over the next few posts, let me take you on a whirlwind tour of some of my favourite destinations from the trip:
- Tokugawa Art Museum, Hommaru Palace, and Nagoya Castle
- Tenryu-ji (Zen Temple) and Sogenchi Garden
- Bamboo Street in Arashiyama
- Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple)
- Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
Sometimes the hardest part about searching for a new position is choosing where to start. With that in mind, here are the resources and suggestions that I’ve personally found useful when looking for public history jobs and related jobs in Canada.
Over the past few weeks I’ve had some colleagues and recent graduates ask me about the current employment landscape for public history. Well, it’s no secret: today’s job market is capricious with us recent grads, especially in the arts and humanities. After our years of education, we’re ejected into this place called “the real world” where most jobs are contract-based and every position seems to be either low-level or executive. (And that’s without considering the issues in academia.)
Knowing this, myself and many others have sought out university programs that offer practical components and professional development opportunities. One option that doesn’t get discussed often, however, is freelancing. During my studies we often talked about being “entrepreneurial,” but almost never about actually becoming an entrepreneur.
Freelance can take many forms. Some people take contracts / produce material to supplement their income, while others are entirely self-employed. But the fact is, there are people out there who are making freelancing work. Continue reading
This is just a quick note to say that I have a new post published on ActiveHistory.ca! This time I discuss some of the incredible work showcased at this year’s Canada’s History Forum and Governor General’s History Awards, with an emphasis on “reclaiming spaces.” Scholars and communities across the country – especially communities that have historically been denied the right to tell their own history – are focusing on space and place as a vehicle to share their stories. Visit ActiveHistory.ca to learn more, and don’t forget to check out the full list of award winners.
Hey there fellow Canadians – it’s the Labour Day weekend! I hope you get to use the holiday to relax and enjoy what’s left of the summer – although that may not be what the original founders of Labour Day intended…
Why do we even have a Labour Day? And why have some of you seen this photo popping up in your news feed?
Hello again, world. It’s been a while!
So for those of you who remember my last couple posts, I recently came back from the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities all fired up and inspired and ready to rock whatever employment opportunity came my way. As it turns out, not one but two employment opportunities came out of that conference. And I am pleased to say that I am now ending my third week in Ottawa as a freelance historian and cartographer/research associate at one of Ottawa’s private historical research firms.