University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Global and Regional Studies Program


Erik Esselstrom, Associate Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies


Prof. Esselstrom with Graduate Seminar students in Japan


Associate Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies Erik Esselstrom spent five months in Japan during the spring and summer of 2012 as Visiting Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Hitotsubashi University in the western suburbs of Tokyo.  He taught a graduate seminar at the university entitled “The Politics of History and Memory in Contemporary East Asia” that drew students from South Korea, Taiwan, China, Myanmar, and Japan making for many fascinating discussions concerning the complex interaction of historical consciousness and national identity. 

Hiroshima A Bomb Dome



Taking advantage of being back in Japan for an extended period, Esselstrom also traveled southwest to Hiroshima and Summer Festivalnortheast to Aomori during his stay, visiting the Atomic Bomb memorial and several exciting summer festivals in Goshogawara and Aomori City. 







Tokyo Dome baseball



And, of course, he could not leave Japan without taking his family to see baseball at the Tokyo Dome and sumo at the national arena in the Ryōgoku neighborhood of Tokyo.Sumo wrestling match









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