Samurai: History and Legend (2022)

Williams, Kristin

'Samurai: history and legend' explored the historic roots of the samurai and the literary image of the samurai in manuscripts and woodblock-printed books from Japan. This exhibition of treasures from Cambridge University Library's collection of rare Japanese books opened in January 2022, nearly two years after the spring 2020 opening that was originally planned. This was the first major public exhibition based on the collection, more than 100 years after most of the UL's historic Japanese books and manuscripts arrived in 1911 and 1912.

Ephemera collection in medieval Japan at Princeton University Library (2022)

Noguchi, Setsuko

In 2015, Princeton University East Asian Library acquired an ephemera collection from the Yoshino region of Nara Prefecture which contains various types of documents from the medieval to the Showa period. Princeton University and the Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo (HIUT) conducted a joint research in 2018 and 2019 to investigate about 150 pieces of fragmentary leaves from 14th century to 17th century in the collection.

Japan in the Historical and Diplomatic Archives at Portuguese Foreign Affairs (2022)

Fernandes Pinto, Ana

This paper brings to light the most representative documents and images of the relations between Portugal and Japan from 1854 to 1952 at the AHD, the most of them never studied neither published. In particular, it will be highlighted how the sources testimonies the Japanese approach to the historical relations with Portugal, for the construction of an identity discourse.

The Jesuits in Macau (2022)

Osswald, Cristina

This paper explores the leading role played by the Jesuits in Macau as intermediaries in the circulation of artistic taste and devotion during the Old Society. Alessandro Valignano conceived the College of Saint Paul in Macau to serve as the center of both China and Japan Missions. Accordingly, it should provide a Japanese environment preparing the future missionaries to this area.

FutureLearn: Travel books

Dear Colleagues,

The British Library is delighted to announce a new FutureLearn course entitled Travel Books: History in Europe and Japan which will run from 27 June 2022 for 3 weeks. The course looks at how books travelled between Japan and Europe from the 16th century and how this promoted cultural exchange and influenced individuals and society.

The course is a collaboration between Keio University and the British Library, featuring experts and treasures from both institutions.

2022 Grants

The European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists (EAJRS) especially wishes to encourage the participation to its conference of resource specialists and young scholars from institutions with limited financial means or that have seldom or never attended an EAJRS conference. Therefore, with support from the Toshiba International Foundation, the organizers of the 32nd EAJRS conference in Lisbon would like to offer scholarships, which will include:

The Inside Stories of Japanese Academic Publishing 2

You might remember that Kinokuniya hosted an online event last July titled ‘The Inside Stories of Japanese Academic Publishing’.
As we received many positive feedbacks from all of you who had attended, we are very happy to inform you that we are doing another one next week!
This time, three academic publishers below will have a discussion with a focus on digital publishing post-covid.
The session will be about 90 minutes in total in Japanese, and the webinar recording will be available to the registrants for one week.