Japan Related Materials in the State Archive of Russian Federation (GARF) (2021)

Mikhailova, Yulia

In this presentation I would like to attract your attention to materials housed in GARF (State Archive of Russian Federation). The archive was created in 1992. Japan related materials may be found in the following depositories: Soviet-Japan and Japan-Soviet Friendship Societies, Soviet Committee for Peace, Soviet Committee for Solidarity with Asian and African Countries and materials of International Conferences for Prohibition of Nuclear and Hydrogen Weapons. So far this archive materials were used by some Russian and American scholars for the study of Soviet Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries in the interwar period, but postwar materials have not been much used, though they contain some useful information on how Japan and the Soviet Union perceived each other.

A study on the Chinese books of Léon de Rosny’s antique collection (2019)

Machi Senjuro

The author visited the Lille City Library to research on Japanese and Chinese classics. These books were part of the collection found in storage belonging to Léon-Louis-Lucien Prunol de Rosny (1837-1914), professor of the first Japanese language course in France. Rosny is known as a pioneer of Japanese Studies in Europe, though his efforts are not fully appreciated in modern day. 
Prof. Peter Kornicki published the catalog of Japanese Classics of  Léon de Rosny’s collection (1994); as the collection gained some renown it became clear that Rosny's Japanese book collection and the Japanese teaching materials compiled by  Léon de Rosny are closely related.
In addition to the Japanese books, Rosny’s collection included over 500 Chinese books, gifted to him by his teacher Stanislas Julien (1797-1873). Furthermore, it is believed that some books from Julien's teacher, Jean-Pierre Abel-Rémusat (1788-1832), are also included, and should be valued as part of academic history. However, the catalog of Chinese books has not been published, and has not yet not been widely recognized.

Bulgarian state archives: source of studying modern Japanese history (2019)

Kandilarov, Evgeniy

The very first archival documents related to Japan and modern Japanese development dates over a hundred years ago and is related to the very beginning of the establishment of the Modern Bulgarian State after the liberation from the Ottoman Empire which coincides with the Meiji period in Japan. Though different archival sources in Bulgarian archives we can take a look into the diplomatic and military activities of Japan from that time and to analyze its relations with the Great powers as well as the specific interest of the Japanese government to the so called Eastern question on the Balkans representing a complex of political interests of both the newly established Balkan states and the Great Powers competing for a greater influence in this region. Two main aspects of the Japanese modern history from that time can be explored through Bulgarian archives. The first one is related to the wars that Japan fights against China and after that against Russian Empire. The other issue is related to the rapid Japanese economic and industrial development which impresses Bulgarians to a great extent. 

Resources on Shibusawa Eiichi (2019)

Wakasa, Masatoshi

Shibusawa Eiichi is said to have been involved in as many as 500 companies and 600 organizations, but given the large scope it is difficult to gain a clear picture of his involvements. In an attempt to partially alleviate this, our foundation complied and digitized the “Name Change Charts of Companies and Organizations Related to Shibusawa Eiichi.” This digital resource is divided by industry such as “Finance” or “Education” and provides a visual representation of the development of companies and organizations related to Shibusawa Eiichi through their name changes.
In my presentation I will use the “Name Change Charts,” as a tool to look at Eiichi’s business and other involvements and thereby think about his significance to the field of Japanese studies.

Resources for Japanese studies for everyone!: improve accessibility for visually impaired users project (2019)

Yokota-Carter, Keiko

University of Michigan Library is "committed to providing equal access to information and services for all students, faculty, and staff members. We aim to provide an equitable experience for individuals with disabilities by following accessibility standards, responding to user feedback, and providing support and accommodations."
This presentation is a progress report of the project of increasing accessibility to Japanese studies materials in the Library’s Digital Collections for inclusive users.

The Kirishitan-ban and the Japan-Europe cultural interchange (2019)

Yasue, Akio

In 1590, Jesuit missionary Alessandro Valignano introduced the Western printing technology to Japan with which the Kirishitan-ban or the Jesuit press publication was issued as the first movable metal type printing there. Several tens of tittles were published from 1591 until the promulgation of the edict of 1614 against professing Christianity.
Although the Kirishitan-ban itself is the outcome of the Japan-Europe relation, several important cultural interchanges between them have progressed since then with it.

Digitalization of pre-modern Japanese historical material by Historiographical Institute The University of Tokyo (2019)

Yamada, Taizo

Historiographical Institute the University of Tokyo, ‘HI’ for short, has been investigating historical materials concerning pre-modern Japanese history. In the process, we have been making and managing metadata as the results and shooting the materials. Recently, we have been digitizing of the historical materials based on the results so that the data can be used at long-term preservation and utilization of them. In the paper, we report on the approach and the efforts.

Japanese studies resources at University College Cork (Ireland) (2019)

Weingärtner, Till

The Department of Asian Studies at University College Cork is the only department dedicated to Asian Studies as an academic discipline on the entire island of Ireland.  Its staff engages in a broad variety of research relating to various aspects of societies, cultures, business, languages and the arts across the wider Asian region, with a particular focus on China, Korea and Japan. It is unique in Ireland, providing the only BA and MA Degrees in Asian Studies, as well as the only department offering Chinese, Korean and Japanese language education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A first permanent post for Japanese Studies was set up first in 2014.

Case study of Japanese special collection at Université Catolique de Louvain and working group’s new website (2019)

Vilcot, Emilie
Hirano, Akira

In the year of Japanese Imperial transition, explaining the imperial connection with the history of the Japanese collection at the Université Catolique de Louvain. This session will also unveil the current in-house digitalisation project of the collection in order to preserve the precious items.
Introducing the Working Group new website, which is on EAJRS’s site.

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