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Japanese studies (
Japanese Japanese may refer to: * Something from or related to Japan, an island country in East Asia * Japanese language, spoken mainly in Japan * Japanese people, the ethnic group that identifies with Japan through culture or ancestry ** Japanese diaspora ...

Japanese
: ) or Japan studies (sometimes Japanology in
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), is a sub-field of
area studies Area studies (also regional studies) are interdisciplinary fields of research and scholarship pertaining to particular geographical, national/federal, or cultural regions. The term exists primarily as a general description for what are, in the pra ...
or
East Asian studies East Asian studies is a distinct multidisciplinary field of scholarly enquiry and education that promotes a broad humanistic understanding of East Asia past and present. The field includes the study of the region's culture, written language, history ...
involved in social sciences and humanities research on
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. It incorporates fields such as the study of
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culture Culture () is an umbrella term which encompasses the social behavior and norms found in human societies, as well as the knowledge, beliefs, arts, laws, customs, capabilities, and habits of the individuals in these groups.Tylor, Edward. (1871). ...
,
history History (from Greek , ''historia'', meaning "inquiry; knowledge acquired by investigation") is the study of the past. Events occurring before the invention of writing systems are considered prehistory. "History" is an umbrella term that relates t ...
,
literature Literature broadly is any collection of written work, but it is also used more narrowly for writings specifically considered to be an art form, especially prose fiction, drama, and poetry. In recent centuries, the definition has expanded to incl ...
,
art Art is a diverse range of (products of) human activities involving creative imagination to express technical proficiency, beauty, emotional power, or conceptual ideas. There is no generally agreed definition of what constitutes art, and ideas ...
,
music Music is the art of arranging sounds in time to produce a composition through the elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre. It is one of the universal cultural aspects of all human societies. General definitions of music include common e ...
and
science Science (from the Latin word ''scientia'', meaning "knowledge") is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe."... modern science is a discovery as w ...
. Its roots may be traced back to the Dutch at
Dejima was a Portuguese and subsequently Dutch trading post at Nagasaki, Japan from 1634 to 1854. Dejima was also the location for trade with the Chinese at the time, and thus the only place designated for foreign trade and exchange during the hist ...
,
Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. It became the sole port used for trade with the Portuguese and Dutch during the 16th through 19th centuries and the Hidden Christian Sites in the ...
in the
Edo period The or is between 1603 and 1867 in the history of Japan, when Japan was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country's 300 regional ''daimyō''. Emerging from the chaos of the Sengoku period, the Edo period was characterized by econo ...
. The foundation of the
Asiatic Society of Japan The Asiatic Society of Japan, Inc. (一般社団法人日本アジア協会” or “Ippan Shadan Hojin Nihon Ajia Kyokai”) or "ASJ" is a non-profit organization of Japanology. ASJ serves members of a general audience that have shared interests i ...
at
Yokohama is the second-largest city in Japan by population and the most populous municipality of Japan. It is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture. It lies on Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo, in the Kantō region of the main island of Honshu. It is a majo ...
in 1872 by men such as
Ernest Satow Sir Ernest Mason Satow, (30 June 1843 – 26 August 1929), was a British scholar, diplomat and Japanologist. Satow is better known in Japan than in Britain or the other countries in which he served. He was a key figure in East Asia and Anglo ...
and
Frederick Victor DickinsFrederick Victor Dickins (24 May 1838 – 16 August 1915) was a British naval surgeon, barrister, orientalist and university administrator. He is now remembered as a translator of Japanese literature. Life Dickins was born at 44 Connaught Terrace i ...
was an important event in the development of Japanese studies as an academic discipline.


Japanese studies organizations and publications

In the United States, the Society for Japanese Studies has published the ''
Journal of Japanese Studies ''The Journal of Japanese Studies'' (JJS) is the most influential journal dealing with research on Japan in the United States. It is a multidisciplinary forum for communicating new information, new interpretations, and recent research results conc ...
'' (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 The was established in 1972 by an Act of the National Diet as a special legal entity to undertake international dissemination of Japanese culture, and became an Independent Administrative Institution under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of ...
,
Georgetown University Georgetown University is a private Jesuit research university in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Founded by Bishop John Carroll in 1789 as Georgetown College, the university has grown to comprise ten undergraduate and graduate s ...
, and the
University of Washington The University of Washington (UW, simply Washington, or informally U-Dub) is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1861, Washington is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast; it was established in downtown Se ...
in addition to endowments from the
Kyocera Corporation is a Japanese multinational ceramics and electronics manufacturer headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. It was founded as in 1959 by Kazuo Inamori and renamed in 1982. The company has diversified its founding technology in ceramic materials through in ...
and the
National Endowment for the Humanities The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency of the U.S. government, established by the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 (), dedicated to supporting research, education, preser ...
. The
British Association for Japanese StudiesThe British Association for Japanese Studies, ''BAJS'', is an association at Essex University in the United Kingdom, whose aim is to promote studies in Japan. Founded in 1974, the organisation is a member of the Japan Library Group and hands out the ...
(BAJS), founded in 1974, is an association primarily sponsored by
Toshiba is a Japanese multinational conglomerate headquartered in Minato, Tokyo. Its diversified products and services include power, industrial and social infrastructure systems, elevators and escalators, electronic components, semiconductors, hard di ...
and the
Japan Foundation The was established in 1972 by an Act of the National Diet as a special legal entity to undertake international dissemination of Japanese culture, and became an Independent Administrative Institution under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of ...
. The BAJS publishes an academic journal called ''Japan Forum''. In Europe, the
European Association for Japanese StudiesThe European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS or ヨーロッパ日本研究協会 ヨーロッパにほんけんきゅうきょうかい) was established in 1973 by European scholars in order to facilitate academic exchange in the field of J ...
(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 ''Monumenta Nipponica'' is a semi-annual academic journal of Japanese studies, published in English. It is affiliated with Sophia University (Tokyo). The journal is one of the oldest English-language academic journals in the field of Asian studies, ...
'', a biannual English-language journal affiliated with
Sophia University Sophia University, also known by its Japanese name 上智大学 (''Jōchi Daigaku'') is a private research university in Japan. It is ranked one of top 3 private universities in Japan along with the other two private universities including Keio Uni ...

Sophia University
in Tokyo, and ''
Social Science Japan Journal Social Science Japan Journal (SSJJ) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal covering Japan in social scientific perspective, semiannually published by Oxford University Press. SSJJ's editorial board is located at the Institute of Social Science, the ...
'', published by
Oxford University Press Oxford University Press (OUP) is the university press of University of Oxford. It is the largest university press in the world, and the second oldest after Cambridge University Press. It is a department of the University of Oxford and is govern ...
. Scholarship on Japan is also within the purview of many organizations and publications dealing with the more general field of
East Asian studies East Asian studies is a distinct multidisciplinary field of scholarly enquiry and education that promotes a broad humanistic understanding of East Asia past and present. The field includes the study of the region's culture, written language, history ...
, such as the
Association for Asian StudiesThe Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political and non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia. It is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. With approximately 6,000 me ...
or the
Duke University Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James ...
publication ''Positions: Asia Critique''. Studies of the Meiji (era), Meiji period have been published Yevgeniya Suda,), publisher=«Музична Україна», location=Kyiv, year= 2019, pages= 272 Ury Eppstein.


Notable Japanologists

* Boris Akunin * Ruth Benedict * Basil Hall Chamberlain * Serge Elisséeff * Carol Gluck * Lafcadio Hearn * Algernon Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale also known as A. B. Mitford and Lord Redesdale. * Donald Keene * Fosco Maraini * Edwin O. Reischauer * Donald Richie * Ernest Mason Satow * Edward Seidensticker * Francis Xavier * Judit Hidasi


Scholarly journals

* ''Bulletin of the National Museum of Japanese History'', In Japanese * ''East Asian History'' * ''Japan Forum'' * ''Japanese Studies'' * ''Japanese Journal of Religious Studies'' * ''
Journal of Japanese Studies ''The Journal of Japanese Studies'' (JJS) is the most influential journal dealing with research on Japan in the United States. It is a multidisciplinary forum for communicating new information, new interpretations, and recent research results conc ...
'' * ''
Monumenta Nipponica ''Monumenta Nipponica'' is a semi-annual academic journal of Japanese studies, published in English. It is affiliated with Sophia University (Tokyo). The journal is one of the oldest English-language academic journals in the field of Asian studies, ...
'', Japanese studies, in English * ''Sino-Japanese Studies'' Se
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Social Science Japan Journal Social Science Japan Journal (SSJJ) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal covering Japan in social scientific perspective, semiannually published by Oxford University Press. SSJJ's editorial board is located at the Institute of Social Science, the ...
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See also

*
East Asian studies East Asian studies is a distinct multidisciplinary field of scholarly enquiry and education that promotes a broad humanistic understanding of East Asia past and present. The field includes the study of the region's culture, written language, history ...
* International Research Center for Japanese Studies * Japan Academy *:Japanologists by nationality, List of Japanologists * Oriental studies


References


External links


''Electronic journal of contemporary Japanese studies''

European Association for Japanese Studies

Images of Japan in Non-Japanese Sources


Library guides

* * * {{Authority control Japanese studies,