Joshua Solomon 2008 majored in East Asian Studies with a minor in Japanese and Music. He is studying at the University of Chicago, where he is finishing the second year of a Ph.D. program. After graduating from Ursinus, Solomon left on a yearlong Fulbright Fellowship to Tsugaru, Japan. His research topic was Tsugaru-jamisen, a kind of three-stringed banjo, and the community of people who play it.
This summer, Joshua is traveling to Japan to continue training on the shamisen, and work on a translation of literary critic Nakano Sigeharu for publication. He also begins reading and translating work in folklore studies by Orikuti Sinobu. “I will be shifting over to Yokohama to study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies for the year before heading back to Chicago,” says Solomon. Learning that he is an alternate candidate for the prestigious Blakemore Fellowship this year is “almost a nice feather for my cap.” Stay tuned.
Solomon has been playing in charity concerts, community and school events since leaving Ursinus. View video of Joshua here>