Japanese studies

Japanese studies (Japanese: 日本学) or Japan studies (sometimes Japanology in Europe), is a sub-field of area studies or East Asian studies involved in social sciences and humanities research on Japan. It incorporates fields such as the study of Japanese language, culture, history, literature, art, music and science. Its roots may be traced back to the Dutch at Dejima, Nagasaki in the Edo period. The foundation of the Asiatic Society of Japan at Yokohama in 1872 by men such as Ernest Satow and Frederick Victor Dickins was an important event in the development of Japanese studies as an academic discipline.

Japanese studies organizations and publicationsEdit

In the United States, the Society for Japanese Studies has published the Journal of Japanese Studies (JJS) since 1974. This is a biannual academic journal dealing with research on Japan in the United States. JJS is supported by grants from the Japan Foundation, Georgetown University, and the University of Washington in addition to endowments from the Kyocera Corporation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), founded in 1974, is an association primarily sponsored by Toshiba[1] and the Japan Foundation.[2] The BAJS publishes an academic journal called Japan Forum.[3]

In Europe, the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) is also funded by Toshiba and the Japan Foundation. It has held triennial conferences around Europe since 1973. Other academic journals dealing with Japanese studies include Monumenta Nipponica, a biannual English-language journal affiliated with Sophia University in Tokyo, and Social Science Japan Journal, published by Oxford University Press.

Scholarship on Japan is also within the purview of many organizations and publications dealing with the more general field of East Asian studies, such as the Association for Asian Studies or the Duke University publication Positions: Asia Critique.

Studies of the Meiji period have been published Yevgeniya Suda,[4] Ury Eppstein.[5]

Notable JapanologistsEdit

Scholarly journalsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "International Foundation - Corporate Citizenship". Toshiba. Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  2. ^ "The Japan Foundation > Main Activities > Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange > Topics > Associations & Institutions". Jpf.go.jp. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  3. ^ "Publications". Bajs.org.uk.
  4. ^ Suda, Yevgeniya (2019). Western influences on the Japanese music in Meiji period (1868-1912) (Russian: "Западные влияния в музыкальном искусстве Японии периода Мейдзи (1868 — 1912)"). Kyiv: «Музична Україна». p. 272.
  5. ^ Eppstein U. (1983). The beginnings of western music in Meiji Era Japan: Thesis Ph. D. / Ury Eppstein. Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University. p. 184.
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External linksEdit

  Media related to Japanology at Wikimedia Commons

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