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* Japan to 1600 Book Decision (Jonathan Dresner)
* Noh Training Project 2004 (Richard Emmert)
* new members: Ellen Van Goethem, Rieko Lee Kuribayashi, J. Scott Miller, Mary Ann Mooradian, Jeffrey D. Shaffer, Nicholas Teele
* Asian Studies Conference Japan - ASCJ (Michael Watson)
* Noh-themed short stories (Janine Beichman, Michael Watson, Daniel Sullivan, Anthony Chambers, Scott Langton)
* Pajls vol. 4 published (Eiji Sekine)
* a query [catangues] (Richard Bowring, Adriana Boscaro, Joao Paulo Oliveira e Costa)
* Fosco Maraini (1912 - 2004) (Michael Watson)
* new members: Janet Goff, Matthew P. McKelway, David C. Moreton, Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, David Quinter, Sayoko Sakakibara, Evelyn Schulz.
* MN 59:1 and 59:2 (Kate Wildman Nakai)

Date: Sun, 06 Jun 2004 00:38:28 -1000
From: Jonathan Dresner <>
Subject: Japan to 1600 Book Decision

Many thanks to everyone who offered syllabi, sources and suggestions to my query. I've been inspired by the wealth of sources, and the dearth of good textbooks, and the relative weakness of my students with regard to secondary literature, to shift gears entirely.

I am going to dispense with a textbook entirely, except for recommended entries from the Encyclopedia Britannica On-line, which is accessible through our library's webpage.

For course texts, I'm going to use primary materials:

Helen Craig McCullough, Genji & Heike
Helen Craig McCullough, Classical Japanese Prose: An Anthology
David Lu, Japan: A Documentary History: The Dawn of History to the Late Tokugawa Period

There's more than enough there to fill a semester's discussions, and working through the primary materials will mean more, in the long run, both to my Japanese studies students and my history majors.

Now I just have to figure out how to grade.... whatever it is I'm going to make them do.

Thanks again, everyone!

Jonathan Dresner
Dept. of History
University of Hawai'i at Hilo

Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 08:03:55 +0900
From: Richard Emmert <>
Subject: Noh Training Project 2004

Dear List,

My apologies for once again sending to the list the announcement of our three-week intensive summer noh workshop in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. We are already past the application deadline but we still have a couple of openings for beginning students. If you or anyone you know is still interested in attending, please feel free to have them contact me or our Producing Director, Elizabeth Dowd.

Meanwhile, the program will end on the evening of Saturday August 7th with an outdoor torchlight noh performance on the banks of the Susquehanna River with Kita noh actor Akira Matsui taking the lead role in the play Kurozuka. Advanced NTP students will be taking other roles and singing in the chorus. Professional instrumentalists will also join from Japan. All of this is in celebration of our 10th anniversary in Bloomsburg and you are all welcome to attend.

And again, my apologies for cross-postings.

Rick Emmert


Announcing: Noh Training Project 2004
Dates: July 19-August 7
Place: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
Special events: A final recital of the work of all students on August 6th followed by an outdoor torchlight noh performance on August 7th in the Bloomsburg Town Park.
Contact: Elizabeth Dowd, Producing Director <>

The Noh Training Project will hold its annual summer intensive workshop from mid-July through early August in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania hosted by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. This summer, to celebrate the10th anniversary of the workshop, there will be a special program featuring a full torchlight noh performance in the Bloomsburg Town Park next to the Susquehanna River on Saturday, August 7th, the final day of the workshop.

NTP is a three-week intensive, performance-based training program in the dance, chant, musical instruments and performance background of classical Japanese Noh drama. This summer NTP will conduct the usual traditional training in noh performance techniques including a final week which features special sessions in creating experimental pieces using those techniques and culminating in a final recital on August 6th. In addition, NTP will for the first time present a final full noh performance in mask and costume with advanced NTP students and performers from Japan. The latter will involve members of Theatre Nohgaku as well as include NTP master/performer/teacher Akira Matsui, hayashi instrument teacher Mitsuo Kama, NTP director and main instructor Richard Emmert, as well as three other instrumentalists from Japan. The piece featured will be the traditional noh Kurozuka performed in Japanese with an interlude in English.

NTP daily training sessions last from 9-4:30 M-F under the guidance of Mr. Matsui (for the final two weeks only), Mr. Emmert, Mr. Kama and teaching assistants including head teaching assistant John Oglevee. Evening sessions are also held twice weekly to view noh videos and discuss the history, literature and performance techniques of the art. Students are divided into beginner and intermediate/advanced sections. New students will learn several dances and chants from noh plays, learn about the musical instruments associated with noh, and work briefly with a noh mask. Intermediate/Advanced students will work on longer dance pieces and direct new students in a non-traditional piece.

Musical elements are particularly important in noh training. Classes specifically in noh chant and noh instruments will introduce these elements of the art. Again this summer, Mr. Kama and Mr. Emmert will offer individual lessons in the four instruments of the noh ensemble.

Cost for the three weeks is $1750 and includes tuition, housing in the comfortable graduate school dorms of Bloomsburg University, a rehearsal noh fan, a videotape of the final recital, and a group and recital photo. Board is not included. Students must also supply their own pair of white tabi (split-toe socks).
Those wishing to apply should send a resume and written narrative describing why they are drawn to the study of noh and what they hope to gain from the experience. Please include a photo if possible. No previous experience with noh is required. Final application deadline is May 1, 2004. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $750 is due by May 28, 2004 to secure your position. The balance is due by June 30, 2004 although a payment schedule may be negotiated if needed.

Richard Emmert

Artistic Director, Theatre Nohgaku (
Director, Noh Training Project (
Professor of Asian Theater and Music, Musashino University
Hon-cho 2-27-10, Nakano-ku
Tokyo 164-0012 Japan
tel: 81-3-3373-0553
fax: 81-3-3373-4509

Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 12:44:57 +0900

From: Michael Watson <>

To: Multiple recipients of pmjs <>

Subject: new members

We welcome the following six new members:

Ellen Van Goethem (Ghent/Kyoto),

Rieko Lee Kuribayashi (Oxford),

J. Scott Miller (Provo, Utah),

Mary Ann Mooradian (Kanazawa),

Jeffrey D. Shaffer (Osaka), and

Nicholas Teele (Kyoto).

Welcome also to several "read only" subscribers, and to Ethan Segal, who has joined us again from Michigan State University.

Ellen Van Goethem <>

affiliation = Ghent University, Belgium

Since 1999 assistant, Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures, Languages and Cultures of South- and East Asia, Ghent University.

Currently on academic leave for research purposes at Kyoto University.

PhD reasearch concerning Emperor Kanmu, Nagaoka-kyo, and the mokkan (wooden tablets) excavated there.

'Treurlied om de dood van een concubine' [Translation and discussion of Man'yoshu; 2: 207 - 209, a poem by Kakinomoto Hitomaro (ca.662 - ca.710)], in C. Janssen (ed.), Het

Gebroken Hart in Oosterse Literaturen [The Broken Heart in Oriental Literature], (13 pp.), Ghent, 2001.

'Mietje de Dood' [Translation and discussion of Konjaku Monogatari Shu, Vol. 27, no.20], in C. Janssen (ed.), Wee het gebeente! De doden in Oosterse literaturen [Death in Oriental Literature], (11 pp.), forthcoming. * (diacritics omitted / ed)

Rieko Lee Kuribayashi <>

affiliation = Japanese Studies, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, Hertford College

profile = I am a D.Phil student writing on Konjaku monogatari shu.

J. Scott Miller <>

affiliation = Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature, Brigham Young University

profile = My research interests include nineteenth-century Japanese literature, oral narrative, translation theory and early Japanese sound recordings.

Mary Ann Mooradian <>

affiliation = Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Tech.

profile = I have been living and working in Kanazawa, Japan since 1984, as an instructor of English and Technical Writing. Every day affords the opportunity to use, and improve, my languages (English, French, and Japanese) and my skills (translation, writing, and photography).

I look forward to learning and sharing with other pmjs members.

Jeffrey D. Shaffer <>

affiliation = Osaka Gakuin University

I am a staff member at Osaka Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan working on multimedia projects for in-class use. I focus mostly on TESOL and am planning on completing my M.Ed in the Spring of 2005. My interest in Classical Japanese and Heian Period stems from my undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh where I also audited a class on "classical japanese" where we read the Hojoki. I'm interested in learning more about the Heian Period as well as improving my ability to read Classical Japanese.

Nicholas Teele <>

affiliation = Doshisha Women's College, Kyotanabe, Kyoto

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, 1980. Theme of dissertation was the Kokinshu and its relationship to the Manyoshu and Chinese poetry. Publications have mostly been related to waka and noh.

Although the dissertation focused on the love poems (or poems of longing) of the Kokinshu, my real interest has always been the relationship of human beings with nature. I have fairly regularly escaped into the hills to try to improve my understanding of nature and the ways that nature is described by the Manyo and Kokin poets. This has involved trying to become familiar with how the lay of the land has changed since then. It has also led to an interest in the idea of the sacred place.

Am now interested in the Saikoku Sanjusan-sho and the goeika associated with it.


Ethan Segal <>

affiliation = Michigan State University

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Michigan State University. My dissertation (Stanford, 2003) focused on economic growth, trade, and the spread of markets during the Kamakura and Muromachi periods. Other current projects that I am involved with include the study of tokuseirei, gift economy, proto-nationalism, women's history, and gender history. Here at MSU, I and three other East Asian historians are looking to build a graduate program and welcome applications from interested students.


Finally an apology from me, as editor. As some of you have noted, I have fallen behind again with the online profiles, both new ones and the (very welcome) revised profiles. I will try to catch up while in Japan for the next three or four weeks. Messages from pmjs should reach you more promptly while I'm here in Yokohama. The summer months are usually a relatively quiet time on the list, but if you do want to avoid list messages piling up, you might consider switching to the "weekly digest" or stopping all messages temporarily. For either option, see the form at:

Michael Watson

Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 13:09:13 +0900

From: Michael Watson <>

To: Multiple recipients of pmjs <>

Subject: Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ)

Status: RO

The eighth annual meeting of the Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) will be held at the Ichigaya campus of Sophia University on June 19-20, 2004. Further information is given below--note in particular the June 10th deadline for advance registration.

A number of pmjs members are giving papers, and many more of us will be attending. The following session is of particular interest to some members of this list.

[Sunday 10-12]

Session 18: Room 301

Women, Religion, and Performance in Japan

Organizer: Monika Dix, University of British Columbia / Kokugakuin University

1) Monika Dix. Remembering and Imagining: Reconstructing Chujohimeユ s Legend Beyond the Mukaeko at Taimadera

2) Vyjayanthi Ratnam, Cornell University. Kenreimonユin and Performance in the Heike monogatari

3) Hank Glassman, Haverford College. The White Nun of Wakasa, or, Strange Events of the Summer of 1449

4) Lorinda Kiyama, Stanford University. Pilgrimage Song-Dance in Contemporary Japan

Discussant: Gaynor Sekimori, University of Tokyo


Other papers by pmjs members include:

Robert Tierney, Stanford University. The Myth of the Noble Savage in Ooshika Takuユs Tattaka doubutsuen (Session 15)

Michael Dylan Foster, University of California, Riverside. Enchanted Sleep: Sex and Science in Mori Ogaiユs Masui (Session 23)

Linda Letten, La Trobe University. Yokobue in the Enkyou-bon Variant of the Heike monogatari (Session 25).

Apologies to anyone I have overlooked.


I am writing to remind you that the eighth annual meeting of the Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) will be held at the Ichigaya campus of Sophia University on June 19-20, 2004. This year the program consists of more than 25 sessions that cover a broad range of academic disciplines and geographic areas within Asia.

As keynote speaker, ASCJ is pleased to invite E. Valentine Daniel, Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and Visiting Scholar at Hitotsubashi University.  Professor Daniel will also participate in a roundtable on Key Terms in the Ethnographic Traditions of the "Areas" in Asian Studies within Asia. The schedule of sessions and details of the roundtable are posted on the ASCJ website  

Because of the large number of participants, we ask everyone to register in advance for the conference by this coming Thursday, June 10, 2004. The advance registration fee is 3,000 yen. From June 11, the committee cannot process advance registration requests. You will need to register onsite and pay the 4,000 onsite registration fee in cash. Details of the registration procedures and fees are explained on the ASCJ website.

All participants are invited to attend the reception on the evening of Saturday, June 19. The reception fee is 3,000 yen. Because catering arrangements must be made in advance of the conference, only a limited number of tickets will be sold on the day. In order to secure attendance, you will need to buy a reception ticket before advance registration closes.

Distribution of materials and onsite registration will open at 9:15 a.m. on June 19. Light refreshments will be available in the first-floor cafeteria. The conference will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Yours sincerely

Patricia Sippel

For the Executive Committee

Asian Studies Conference Japan


Yoshiko Ashiwa, Hitotsubashi University

Mark Caprio, Rikkyo University,

James Farrer, Sophia University

Thomas Gill, Meiji Gakuin University

Linda Grove, Sophia University

Koichiro Matsuda, Rikkyo University

Kate Wildman Nakai, Sophia University

Patricia Sippel, Toyo Eiwa University

M. William Steele, International Christian University

David Wank, Sophia University

Michael Watson, Meiji Gakuin University

Asian Studies Conference Japan

c/o Institute of Asian Cultural Studies

International Christian University

3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan 181-8585


Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2004 11:03:11 +0900

From: Janine Beichman <>

Subject: Noh-themed short stories

In my course on Noh I would like to include short stories on Noh themes and modern theatrical versions of classical Noh. I am familiar with Tanizaki's Ashikari, Amino Kiku's Teika, and of course Mishima's Kindai Nohgaku shuu, but so far nothing else. Does anyone have other suggestions? The works need not be translated into English as my students are Japanese. Many thanks to all and sundry for any suggestions or ideas. Janine Beichman


Janine Beichman, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Japanese Literature

Daito Bunka University

Tokyo 175-8571, Japan


Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Comparative Culture

Tsukuba University Tsukuba 305-8577, Japan

Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2004 13:35:16 +0900

From: Michael Watson <>

Subject: Re: Noh-themed short stories

A lovely topic. Here are some suggestions--mostly sight unseen.

For new dramatisations rather than prose versions, see the essay on "Nokyoku to shinsaku" (pp. 199-205), a bit general, and "Shinsaku-no ichiran" (309-315), handy but by no means comprehensive, in Nogami Toyoichiro's Nogaku zensho, vol. 3.

As you will know, a great number of non-canonical noh, old and new, are collected in Tanaka Makoto's Mikan Yokyoku (Koten bunko, many vols.). Some of them retell a familiar noh story (or Heike or Genji story) from a different perspective.

Donald Keene gives several interesting references to modern noh versions in Dawn to the West: ... Poetry, Drama, Criticism. See p. 409 (Mokuami's Tsuchigumo) and 467 (Kori Torahiko's Dojoji). See also index under "Noh."

To find modern short stories, you might try looking for the title in Webcat. In between editions of the play, you may spot possible prose adaptations--although it could just as easily be a borrowed title. I tried "Yamamba" (kanji) for example, and found:

Nogami Yaeko, _Yamamba_ (Chuo koronsha, 1942). -- A few libraries have copies for you to check...

Here are two works that are mentioned on Japanese sites listing noh adaptations.

Enchi Fumiko, _Kikujido_ (Shinchosha, 2003).

Nakayama Kaho, _Yoroboshi_ (Bungei Shunju, 2004).

Apparently this contains three short stories: Yoroboshi, Sotoba Komachi, and Ukifune.

(Quoted mainly for the sake of the opening sentence of the blurb "gender no borderless-ka jidai ni nori...")

Some web-only versions exist, e.g. Matsukaze, Izutsu, and Kakitsubata on the site of Sakuma Jiro, a Kanze performer:

You might also get helpful suggestions if you ask the same question to one of the noh BBS, like

Google finds pages like

Rather indiscriminate in selection, but it is good to know that someone has seen the murder-mystery potential of "Kanawa."

Happy reading,

Michael Watson

Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2004 17:02:58 -0700

From: "Daniel Sullivan" <>

Subject: Re: Noh-themed short stories

I have two more recommendations for you, but unfortunately they are both by

Mishima: "Chusei" and "Ayame no Mae." These are fairly early works, written

in 1945 when Mishima was just twenty. I know that "Chusei" is available in

bunkobon, but you will probably need to get your hands on his zenshu for

"Ayame no Mae," which is in volume 16 of the new Kettei-ban Mishima Yukio


I hope that helps,

Daniel Sullivan

Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2004 13:13:57 -0500

From: eiji sekine <>

Subject: Pajls vol. 4 published

Our apologies for cross-listing. AJLS has recently published its 2002

conference proceedings: PAJLS, vol. 4, "Japanese Poeticity and Narrativity

Revisited." The following is its table of contents. Each copy is $10 for

members and $15 for non-members. Orders should be sent to: AJLS, Purdue

University, 640 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2039, USA.


Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies VOL. 4, SUMMER


Eiji Sekine, Editor Joyce L. Detzner, Production Editor



- Foreword

EIJI SEKINE........... iv

- Keynote Address I

Beyond Home and City: Poems by Ishigaki Rin and Shiraishi Kazuko

MIZUTA NORIKO ........... 2

- Kenote Address II

Rewalking along the Way of Poetry

YOSHIMASU GOZO........... 39

- Theorization of Poetry and Narrative: Tradition and Modernity

Narrative and Poetic Progression: The Logic of Associativity

REIN RAUD........... 54

From the Pages of Classics to the Fantastic Tales: Kyokutei Bakin and Seven

Rules of Fiction


Poetry and Poetics in Tension: Kuki Shuzo's French and German Connections

MICHAEL F. MARRA........... 79

- Waka, Buddhism, and the Medieval Commentarial Tradition

Nomori no kagami and the Perils of Poetic Heresy

KELLER KIMBROUGH........... 99

Down the Primrose Path: Ariwara no Narihira as Love God in Medieval Poetic

Commentaries and Noh Theater


- Poeticity and Narrativity in Tokugawa Poetry

Yosa Buson and Humor: Shinhanatsumi (New 'Flower Gathering') and Kokkei

CHERYL CROWLEY......... 139

Poetry Fit to Sing: Tachibana Moribe and the Ch?ka Revival

ROGER K. THOMAS......... 151

- Canon Formation in Meiji Literature

The Formation of Allusive Resilience in Waka and Its Relevance to Meiji


DEAN BRINK......... 166

Sketching Out the Critical Tradition: Yanagita Kunio and the Reappraisal of


MELEK ORTABASI......... 184

- Women and Translation: Subversive Textuality

Out of the Shadows: Applying a Feminist Framework to Translation in Meiji

and Modern-Day Japan


Whoever Said Springtime was for Blossom? Kokinsh? Poetics, Ainu Orality, and

Chiri Yukie?s Preface to the Ainu Shin?y?sh?

SARAH M. STRONG......... 207

- Aspects of Modern Poetry and Narrative: Feminism, Experimentalism, and


Unsealing Yamakawa Tomiko's Tanka: Construction of Tomiko's Gendered Image

in Contrast to Akiko's

TANAKA MITSUKO......... 219

The Heritage of Symbolism: The 'Aesthetic' Style of Kitahara Hakushu and

Murayama Kaita

JEFFREY ANGLES......... 237

Colonial Manchuria in the Surrealist Imagination: The Poetry and Prose of

Kitagawa Fuyuhiko as Modernist History

ANNIKA CULVER......... 264

Poeticity of Feminine Subjectivity: Contemporary Women?s Poetics from

Tomioka Taeko to Sh?jo Manga

KUMIKO SATO......... 278

- Contemporary Intertextuality and Practices of Deconstructive Rewriting

With Traces: The Iterability of Memory and Narration in Kanai Mieko?s

Yawarakai tsuchi o funde

ATSUKO SAKAKI......... 296

Plain Water with a Twist of Lime (stone): Magical Realism in Medoruma Shun

DAVINDER L. BHOWMIK......... 311

Shifting Discourses: A Comparative study of Nakagami Kenji's Style to those

of Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Murasaki Shikibu, and William Faulkner

MIKIKO IWAYA......... 319

Wagahai wa neko dearu satsujin jiken as a Postmodern Sequel

IRENA HAYTER......... 332

Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 01:28:10 +0900

From: Janine Beichman <>

Subject: Noh-themed short stories

Thanks very much, such works sound very promising, whether by Mishima or not. In fact, reading them and then his Kindai Nohgaku shuu would be a good way to trace how his feelings about Noh may have changed.

Just to keep everyone up to date about this quest for sources, let me add that an offline communication reminded me of Noh manga. I took a look at one such volume tonight and it's surprisingly helpful --not, as one might imagine, to read before reading the original classical Noh, but, rather, after reading it, at the point at which the student is trying the summarize the plot (something that is surprisingly difficult to do with many Noh, especially vision, or mugen, No), as preparation for dividing it into parts as the beginning of analyzing its structure. It also shows that something that seems quite recondite in fact can be rephrased in terms that are surprisingly down-to-earth. I like to give the students a sense that they can move back and forth between these two kinds of discourse (high and low) without any sense of strain. This is something that Noh is built on, although our contemporary distance from Muromachi language obscures that trait.


Janine Beichman, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Japanese Literature

Daito Bunka University

Tokyo 175-8571, Japan


Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Comparative Culture

Tsukuba University Tsukuba 305-8577, Japan

Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2004 15:46:16 -0700 (MST)


Subject: Re: Noh-themed short stories

Tanizaki's YOSHINO KUZU (translated as ARROWROOT) includes Noh elements, too,

somewhat similar in treatment to ASHIKARI.

Tony Chambers

Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 10:42:55 +0100

From: Richard Bowring <>

Subject: A query

Is there a Cooper or Elisonas out there who can answer a rather mundane

question off list please?

The title of one of Valignano's descriptions of Japan is 'Advertimentos e

Avisos acerca dos Costumes e Catangues de Jappao'. I presume the word

'Catangues' means 'etiquette' but I cannot actually find it in a large

two-volume Portuguese dictionary. What does it mean?

Richard Bowring

Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 15:08:55 +0200

From: Adriana Boscaro <>

Subject: Re: A query

Surely of no much help, but in the Italian translation of 'Advertimentos e Avisos acerca dos Costumes e Catangues de Jappao' (Il Cerimoniale per i Missionari del Giappone, Roma, Edizioni di "Storia e Letteratura", 1946), Father Schuette says (p. 121, footnote 1):

Catangues, trascrizione moderna: katage (katagi) = carattere speciale, qualita' caratteristica. Negli Advertimentos significa piuttosto: costume ovvero modo caratteristico d'agire. In tal senso abbiamo ritrovato la parola in altri documenti giapponesi e portoghesi dell'antica Missione giapponese.

It looks like a Portuguese rendering of the Japanese word, not a Portuguese word itself.

Adriana Boscaro


[_Catangues_, modern transcription: _katage_ (_katagi_) = special character, characteristic quality. In the _Advertimentos_ it means rather: habit or characteristic way of behaving. We have found the word in this sense in other Japanese and Portuguese documents of the old Mission to Japan. / ed]

Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 14:39:18 +0100

From: Richard Bowring <>

Subject: Re: A query

Of no help? A perfect response and many thanks. pmjs, satisfaction guaranteed!

Richard Bowring

Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 13:33:18 -0500

From: Scott Langton <>

Subject: Noh-themed short stories

I wanted to suggest to Janine Beichman two additional noh-themed short

stories, both derived from the play Shunkan.

SHUNKAN by Akutagawa Ryunosuke.

*Akutagawa Ryunosuke zenshu* vol. 4 (I believe). Chikuma Shobo, 1987 (Showa

62). ISBN: 4480020845.

The Akutagawa story may also be found in a bunkobon published by Shincho-sha

in 1985 (*Rashomon, Hana* [ISBN 4101025010]).

SHUNKAN by Kikuchi Kan.

*Kikuchi Kan tanpen to gikyoku*. Bungei Shunju, 1988 (Showa 63). ISBN:


The Kikuchi Kan story may also be found in *Mono no fu no fu*. Kodansha,

1992. ISBN: 4062504022.

Hope this information helps.



Scott Langton

Assistant Professor of Japanese

Dept of Classical & Modern Languages

Austin College

900 North Grand Avenue

Campus Box 61600

Sherman, TX 75090

Email: <>

Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 21:37:43 +0000

From: Joao Paulo Oliveira e Costa <>

Subject: catangues

I just like to confirm Prof. Boscaro's answer about the meaning of catangues. It is not a Portuguese word. Therefore it was an assimilation of a Japanese concept by the missionaries.

Joao Paulo Oliveira e Costa

Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 23:11:03 +0900

From: Michael Watson <>

Subject: Fosco Maraini (1912 - 2004)

The Italian anthropologist and ethnologist Fosco Maraini has died in Florence on June 8th at the age of 91. A fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, from 1959 to 1964, he was Professor of Japanese language and literature in Florence from 1972 to 1983. Maraini founded AISTUGIA, the Italian association for Japanese Studies, and served as many years as its President and finally Honorary President.

Born in Florence in November, 1912, Maraini's father was an Italian sculptor and his mother an English writer. His first journey to the east was as a teacher of English to naval academy cadets on a boat that visited Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Turkey. After joining an expedition to Tibet in 1937, he decided to devote himself to ethnology and the study of oriental culture.

In 1938 he came to Japan with a scholarship to do research on the Ainu, publishing a study (_Gli iku-bashui degli Ainu_, 1942), and teaching in Tokyo and Kyoto. Refusing to swear allegiance to the Republic of Salo, he was arrested in 1943 and interned with his wife and three young daughters in Nagoya. Aspects of his wartime internment are recalled in his much praised fictionalized autobiography, _Case, amori, universi_ ["Houses, loves, universes"] (2001). His eldest daughter Dacia--herself a prize-winning novelist--edited her mother's diaries of the period in _La nave per Kobe_ ["The boat for Kobe"] (2002).

After a second visit to Tibet in 1949 he wrote _Segreto Tibet_ ("Secret Tibet"), later translated into twelve languages. The English translation is still in print (Harvill Press, new edition 2002). Like most of his books, it is illustrated by his own striking photographs.

After returning to Japan in the 1950's, Maraini published on subjects as diverse as pearl fisher women, and the Japanese Alps (he was a noted mountain-climber, both in Asia and Europe). Perhaps his best known book in English is _Meeting with Japan_ (1957), originally published as _Ore giapponesi_ (1956, lit. "Japanese Hours"). In postscripts to chapters included in the second edition (1968), Maraini added comments on the many changes he had witnessed over the decades in Japan.

Maraini's extraordinary collection of photographs and his extensive library were purchased for the Gabinetto P.G. Vieusseux in Florence (

A long obituary by John Francis Lane has appeared in the Guardian (June 15th, 2004).,3604,1238834,00.html


* Dren-Giong (1938)

* Gli iku-bashui degli Ainu (1942) - Japanese translation 1994.

* Segreto Tibet (1951, new edition 1998)

--> Secret Tibet (2001)

* Ore giapponesi (1956, new edition 2000)

--> Meeting with Japan (1958)

* Where four worlds meet: Hindu Kush (1959)

* Japan (1959), with 79 photographs by the author

* G-4 Karakorum (1961) - describing his ascent of two mountains over 7000 m in the Himalayas.

* L'isola delle pescatrici (1960) --> Hekura: the diving girls' island (1962)

--> Japanese translation: Ama no shima: Hekurajima 海女の島: 舳倉島, 1964

* Paropamiso (1963). Recently reprinted with wonderful photographs (Mondadori 2003).

* Jerusalem: rock of ages (1969)

* Japan: patterns of continuity (1971)

* Incontro con l'Asia ["Meeting with Asia"] (1973)

* Tokyo (Time-Life, 1976)

* Giappone e Corea (1978)

* L'agape celeste (1995)

* "The Ainu iyomande and its evolution" in P.F. Kornicki and I.J. McMullen, eds., _Religion in Japan: arrows to heaven and earth_ (CUP, 1996).

* Gli ultimi pagani (1997)

* Maraini: Acts of Photography, Acts of Love (1999). Including more than 100 b/w images.

* Case, amori, universi (2001). 703 pp. Autobiographic novel. Discussions: (Adriana Boscaro)

* Il Miramondo: 60 anni di fotografia (Firenze: Pagliai Polistampa, 1999) 357 p. Exhibition catalogue.

--> イル・ミラモンド  レンズの向こうの世界  フォスコ・マライーニ60年 間のイメージの記録 (2001)




Web links:

Interviews (Italian) (on Japan) ("seventy years of photography") (on travel) (interview on his 90th birthday, with photos)

Photographs by Fosco Maraini

The "Hoppou shiryo database" at Hokaido University includes five of his photographs of Ainu elders (1954), e.g.

See also, for example: (shrine festival)

One of his most famous photographs of Japan shows a fireman posed on top of a bamboo ladder in the traditional dezome-shiki costume. The 1964 photograph is titled "la lotta col nulla" (the battle with emptiness):

Photographs of Fosco Maraini

--dressed in robes of a Jodo Shinshu priest:

Michael Watson

Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 14:24:20 +0900

From: Michael Watson <>

Subject: new members

The following seven new members joined us in the last week. Welcome to them all.

Janet Goff (independent scholar)

Matthew P. McKelway (Department of Fine Arts, New York University

David C. Moreton (Tokushima Bunri University)

Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

David Quinter (Stanford / Historiographical Institute, Univ. of Tokyo)

Sayoko Sakakibara (Historiographical Institute, Univ. of Tokyo)

Evelyn Schulz (Japan-Center, University of Munich)

I have taken the liberty of adding some web links and bibliography. These are prefaced by an asterisk.


name = Janet Goff <>

affiliation = independent scholar

profile = I am a writer and translator based in Watertown, MA (outside of Boston).

My present research interests include noh in general; the role of the fox and the concept of transformation in classical Japanese theater; and the history and culture of the Yamato area.

Publications: Noh Drama and the Tale of Genji (Princeton, 1991), Staging Japanese Theater and Music (translator and contributor), Acta Asiatica 73 (1997); "Foxes in Japanese Culture: Beautiful or Beastly?", Japan Quarterly, 44:2 (April-June 1997); "Conjuring Kuzunoha from the World of Abe no Seimei," Samuel L. Leiter, ed., A Kabuki Reader (2002), etc.

Matthew P. McKelway <>

affiliation = Department of Fine Arts, New York University

profile = wide-ranging research interests in Japanese painting & urban history 1500-1800; book forthcoming on folding screen and folding fan images of Kyoto (rakuchu rakugai zu), currently working on exhibition of 18th-c. painting from Kyoto.

David C Moreton <>

affiliation = Tokushima Bunri University

Visiting Assistant Professor at Tokushima Bunri Univeristy, Tokushima Japan.

My research area is the Shikoku pilgrimage route with a focus on the history of charitable giving (osettai), the history of non-Japanese pilgrims and reasons for the present-day popularity of this pilgrimage route. My main project at the moment is an English translation of the 'Visiting the Sacred Sites of Kukai: A Preparation Guidebook for Walkers of the Shikoku 88-Temple Pilgrimage Route' guidebook and mapbook.(Shikoku Henro Hitori Aruki Dogyo Ninin).


Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney <>

William F. Vilas Professor

University of Wisconsin, Madison

* Publications include the following: _Kamikaze, Cherry Blossoms, and Nationalisms: The Militarization of Aesthetics in Japanese History_ (2002); _Rice as Self: Japanese Identities through Time (1993); _The Monkey as Mirror: Symbolic Transformations in Japanese History and Ritual (1987).


David Quinter <>

affiliation = Ph.D. Candidate, Religious Studies, Stanford University

profile = Until summer 2005, I am undertaking dissertation research as a foreign research scholar at the Historiographical Institute (Shiryo Hensanjo), University of Tokyo. My dissertation topic is "The Shingon Ritsu School and the Manjusri Cult in the Kamakura Period." My primary research interests at present are medieval Japanese Buddhism, the Shingon Ritsu school (especially Eison, Ninsho, and Monkan), and the Manjusri cult in East Asia. I am also interested in various broader themes in religious studies and premodern Japan related to this research, including sainthood and hagiography; image cults and visualization practices; social welfare practices and hinin (outcasts) in medieval Japan; and state-protecting rituals, especially those connected with the Mongol invasions.

Sayoko Sakakibara <>

affiliation = Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo

I'm currently working at Historiographical Institute (Shiryo-hensanjo), University of Tokyo as a Postdoctral Fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science. I have been involved in Japan Memory Project (JMP) at the Shiryo-hensanjo, and working on the "Online Japanese-English Glossary of Premodern Japanese Historical Terms," which is one of the sub-projects of the JMP.

I have been interested in the structure of the Japanese view of China and Korean countries in the ancient and medieval period through the cult of Prince Shotoku linked to the international relations in the East Asian sphere.

* Online Glossary of Japanese Historical Terms:

Evelyn Schulz <>

affiliation = Japan-Center, University of Munich

Professor of Japanology, University of Munich. She obtained her Ph.D. in 1995 at the University of Heidelberg (topic of her dissertation: Diary of one who returned to Japan (Kichha no nikki) (1909) by Nagai Kafu: The conception of aesthetic counterworlds as a means of criticising Japan's modernization?). Specialized in modern Japanese literature, she is especially interested in the relationship between urban space and text as well as discourses on modernity and the city. Her recent work is her habilitation thesis Reports about the prosperity of Tokyo (Tokyo hanjouki): A genre of Japan's topographical literature and its images of Tokyo (published as "Stadt-Diskurse in den Aufzeichnungen ueber das Prosperieren von Tokyo (Tokyo hanjouki): Eine Gattung der topographischen Literatur Japans und ihre Bilder von Tokyo (1832-1958)", Munich 2004).

-- change of affiliation / address --

Dennis Hirota <>

affiliation = Professor of Shin Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University, Kyoto

Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 15:33:51 +0900

From: Kate Wildman Nakai <>

Subject: mn 59:1 and 59:2

Somewhat belatedly, let me draw to your attention the publication of the

first two issues of volume 59 of Monumenta Nipponica. Both contain articles

and reviews that should be of interest to pmjs members. 59:1 includes an

article by Karen Gerhart on paintings by Kano Tan'yuu of Tooshoo Daigongen

(Tokugawa Ieyasu) as he appeared in the dreams of his grandson, the third

shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu; and an article by Mark MacWilliams on the typology

of the myths of the Kannon "living icons" (reizoo) of the Saikoku pilgrimage

circuit as described in an Edo-period guide to the circuit. There is also an

extended review article by F. G. Notehelfer, Igor Saveliev, and W. F. Vande

Walle of the recent English and German translations of Kume Kunitake's

account of the Iwakura Embassy.

59:2 includes a discussion by Charo D'Etcheverry of the theme of midranks

romance and the role of the nurse in the Asukai subplot of the Tale of

Sagoromo, and an interpretation by Reinier Hesselink of the images and

social background of the Suwa Festival Screen, a large Edo-period screen

depicting the Kunchi festival in Nagasaki. There are two review articles:

one, by Rajyashree Pandey, on the volumes by Bernard Faure and Barbara Ruch

dealing with women and Buddhism, and the other, by Hiraishi Naoaki, on James

McMullen's study of Kumazawa Banzan.

For the specific titles of these articles and for the titles of the other

books reviewed and their reviewers, please see the MN website:

Kate Wildman Nakai


Kate Wildman Nakai, Prof. of Japanese History, Sophia University,

and Editor, Monumenta Nipponica

Monumenta Nipponica, Sophia University

7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554

Tel: 81-3-3238-3544; Fax: 81-3-3238-3835


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