NIJL/EAJRS Kuzushiji Workshop, which is a collaborative programme between the National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL) and the European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists (EAJRS), started in 2011 under the initiative of Professor Yūichirō Imanishi, then the Director of NIJL. This training programme is designed for librarians and curators in Europe, who manage Japanese antiquarian materials. The aim of this workshop is to develop their skills in deciphering Japanese historical cursive scripts. The intention of the programme is to enable the librarians and curators to improve the organisation and management of their Japanese antiquarian collections. By this means we hope to encourage researchers to use these resources more effectively.

The workshops have been held at the institutions shown in the table below. In 2021, the workshop was held online owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Location Local organizer Venue Date Instructors number of participants Note
Oxford Oriental Institute / Bodleian Japanese Library, University of Oxford Oriental Institute 29 June-1 July 2011 (Mon.-Wed.) Prof. Yūichirō Imanishi 32  
Leuven KU Leuven     Prof. Yūichirō Imanishi    
Zurich University of Zurich Ostasiatisches Seminar 13-15 February 2012 (Mon.-Wed.) Prof. Yūichirō Imanishi 30  
Paris Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris 28-30 January 2013 (Mon.-Wed.) Prof. Yūichirō Imanishi 21  
Bonn University of Bonn Lesesaal der Abteilung für Japanologie und Koreanistik 5-7 June 2013 (Wed.-Fri.) Prof. Yūichirō Imanishi 30?  
Oxford Oriental Institute / Bodleian Japanese Library, University of Oxford Oriental Institute 26-24 March 2014 (Mon.-Wed.) (Printed Books)
Prof. Yūichirō Imanishi
(Manuscripts)
Koichi Watanabe,
Naohiro Ōta
20  
Norwich Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures Lisa Sainsbury Library 1-3 February 2017 (Wed.-Fri.) Prof. Yūichirō Imanishi
Dr Yuki Tanikawa (only AM 1 Feb.)
9  
Paris College de France College de France 6-8 February 2019 (Wed.-Fri.) Printed Books)
Prof. Kazuaki Yamamoto
(Manuscripts)
Ass. Prof. Naohiro Ōta
27 Report of the workshop
Online --- --- 21-23 April 2021 (Wed.-Fri.) (Printed Books)
Prof. Kazuaki Yamamoto
(Manuscripts)
Ass. Prof. Naohiro Ōta
28 Video Links:
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Session 7
Session 8-9