Research Activitie

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Team Research
Research activity to which Nichibunken attaches special importance

At Nichibunken, researchers of different nationalities as well as in various disciplines team up for interdisciplinary, international, and comprehensive research on Japanese society and culture. Their work, while grounded in the basic scholarship of each discipline, pursues topics that tended to be marginalized previously and explores relationships and mutual influences between Japan and other areas from global perspectives, thereby aiming to open up the frontiers of solid yet innovative research in the humanities.

Team Research

Three Categories of
Nichibunken Team Research

  • Priority
    Major institutional projects for the duration of the Mid-Term Plan
  • Foundational
    Team research aimed at embodying Japanese studies for the global age
  • International
    Team research that opens up new interdisciplinary frontiers in the humanities

FY 2017 Team Research

Title of Project Project Leader Category
Projecting Classicism: Visuality, Popularity, and Modernity Professor ARAKI Hiroshi Priority
Popular Culture as Social Movement Professor OTSUKA Eiji Priority
A Cultural History of Sound and Hearing Professor HOSOKAWA Shuhei Priority
Between Narrative Literature and Historical Sources Professor KURAMOTO Kazuhiro International
Examining Cultural Discourses in Post-3.11 Japan Visiting Research Scholar
Expos and Human History Associate Professor
SANO Mayuko
Reconsidering the History of Japanese Religions from the Perspective of Discrimination: The Logic of the Sacred and Impure in Shrines and Temples and Kingship Professor ISOMAE Jun’ichi International
Approaching Meiji Japan from the Perspective of a Comparative History of Civilizations: Rethinking its Legacy Professor TAKII Kazuhiro International
The Culture Sphere of the Former Japanese Empire: A Reexamination through Graphic Media Professor LIU Jianhui International
Knowledge and Power in the Japanese Colonial Empire Professor MATSUDA Toshihiko International
Tōzai bunmeiron: Theories of Japanese Uniqueness and the Idea of Japan as the Only Bridge between East and West Visiting Research Scholar
Rethinking Postwar Japanese Culture Professor TSUBOI Hideto Foundational
East Asian Kingship and Social Order in a Comparative Context: Courts, Empires and States; Thought, Religion and Rites Professor ITO Takayuki Foundational
Studies in “In-betweeness” in Cross-cultural Communication Professor INAGA Shigemi Foundational
War and Repose for the Souls of the War Dead Professor USHIMURA Kei Foundational
A Historical Study of Manners and Customs in Modern East Asia Professor INOUE Shoichi Foundational

Nichibunken’s NIHU Transdisciplinary Projects
National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) Projects under the Third Mid-Term Plan (FY2016–2021)

Projects are classified as: (I) Institute-based projects, (II) Multidisciplinary collaborative projects, and (III) Network-based projects (NIHU Area Studies, Japan-related Documents and Artifacts Held Overseas). Research results are made widely available to the academic community and the public at large through publications, databases, films, exhibitions, and the like. They are planned in such a way as to make them useful for new university-level educational programs.

NIHU Transdisciplinary Projects

Nichibunken Research Projects
Research projects led by tenured Nichibunken faculty members.

International Research Center for Japanese Studies Research Projects (Nichibunken Projects) fall into three categories: (1) projects conducted in accordance with Nichibunken’s founding purposes or its mid-term objectives and plans; (2) projects conducted either as part of NIHU inter-institutional research projects or as projects related mainly to international collaborative research on Japan-related documents and artifacts overseas; and (3) projects carried out with funds from outside sources (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, revenue for commissioned activities, and donations).

FY 2017 Nichibunken Research Projects

Title of Project Project Leader
Compilation of the Database of Overseas Images of Japan and Analysis of Japanese Culture through Overseas Image Documents Director-General KOMATSU Kazuhiko
Study of Western Books on Japan Director-General KOMATSU Kazuhiko
Kaii and Yokai Culture Materials Database Project Director-General KOMATSU Kazuhiko
International Collaborative Research on Japan-related Documents and Artifacts Overseas:
Ongoing Research Project on Overseas Sources on Modern Japanese Migrants and Their Milieu: A Survey and Study
Professor LIU Jianhui
The Reconstruction and International Expansion of Research on Classical Japanese Literature Professor ARAKI Hiroshi
Digital Humanities Research Project Professor YAMADA Shoji
Japan's “Lost Decades” in Global History Professor TAKII Kazuhiro
Literary Legacies of Kirishitan Culture: Missionary Writings in the Vernacular
"Development of a Field of Comprehensive Bibliographical Studies from an Interdisciplinary Perspective"
Associate Professor INOUE Shoichi
Research Project Relating to "Utsuwa" and "Utsushi" in Cultural Transmission Professor INAGA Shigemi
Heian-Period Chronicles Database Project Professor KURAMOTO Kazuhiro
Historical and International Research into Popular Culture to Pursue New Images of Japan
(Institute-based Project)
Director-General KOMATSU Kazuhiko
NIHU Area Studies Project for Northeast Asia
(Network-based Project)
Professor LIU Jianhui
Coordination between Projects to Make Effective Use of Research Results
(Network-based Project “Japan-related Documents and Artifacts Held Overseas: NIHU International Collaborative Research and Utilization”)
Professor INAGA Shigemi

Theory and Methodology Seminars
Seminars aimed at improving a variety of abilities required for studying Japanese culture

The purpose of these seminars is to share various skills necessary for researchers engaged in the study of Japanese culture. Examples of such skills are reading and deciphering historical manuscripts, proficiency in other languages, analysis of visual materials, familiarity with cultural theory, and so on.

FY 2017 Theory and Methodology Seminars

Research Theme Organizer
Perusing English Monographs on Japanese History Professor USHIMURA Kei
Reading Medieval Japanese Literature Professor ARAKI Hiroshi
Practical Korean Language Professor MATSUDA Toshihiko
Fundamental Research of Old Records Professor KURAMOTO Kazuhiro
Basic French Language Professor INAGA Shigemi
French Reading Support: Lessons in Essay Writing (Intermediate) Professor INAGA Shigemi
Introduction to Theory of Literature and Culture Professor TSUBOI Hideto
Study in Modern Historical Documents Professor TAKII Kazuhiro