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Ryuichi Abe
Edwin O. Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions
Department of East Asian Language and Civilizations, Harvard University. [URL]
*Great Fool – Zen Master Ryōkan: Poems, Letters, and Other Writings. With Peter Haskel. University of Hawaii Press, 1996.
The Weaving of Mantra: Kūkai and the Construction of Esoteric Buddhist Discourse
. Columbia UP 1999.

Mikael Adolphson <adolph[at]>
Associate Professor of Japanese History, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.
    I am interested in a wide variety of themes in pre-1550 Japan. I have focused on the secular power of religious institutions from the late Heian to the early Muromachi eras. My present project is an outgrowth of this work, as I now attempt to address the often controversial issue of armed monks and their supporters. Other projects currently in the making include a conference on the early Heian period and an Annales-type approach to Go-Shirakawa's age.
Publications: "Enryakuji: an Old Power in a New Era," in Jeffrey P. Mass, ed., The Origins of Japan's Medieval World: Courtiers, Clerics, Warriors and Peasants in the Fourteenth Century. Stanford UP 1997; The Gates of Power: Monks, Courtiers and Warriors in Premodern Japan. University of Hawaii Press 2000.

Valerio Luigi Alberizzi <v.alberizzi[at]>
PhD Candidate, Japanese Linguistics, Universita' Ca' Foscari di Venezia (Venice, Italy).
    My main interest is in the history of Japanese language, especially the evolution of the written styles (buntai). I am currently working on the wakan konkōbun of the Insei-Kamakura period through a study of Hōgen, Heiji and Heike monogatari.
* Now teaching at University of Bologna (2006).

Alari Allik <alari.allik[at]>
Completed Thesis on Kamo no Chōmei and his multiple authorial identities. Now studying at the University of Helsinki.

Timothy Amos
Tokugawa village history; Tokugawa status system
"Ambiguous Bodies: Writings on the Japanese Outcaste" PhD, The Australian National University, 2006. 

Line Palle Andersen
I am Danish and presently writing my MA-thesis at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. My thesis is about 'Masculinity in ink-paintings from the Muromachi-period'.

Anna Andreeva
I am continuing my studies as a third-year PhD student at Cambridge University, where I completed an MPhil degree. I work on Miwa Shintō and initiations on the kami matters in the Miwa tradition. My interests include Japanese religious practices of the medieval and early modern periods, particularly the honji suijaku thought, the Shingon mikkyō, as well as the various kami worship traditions and intellectual history of the shrines and temples. Currently I am on leave to work at the Kōgakkan University in Ise for three months. (2004/10)

Klaus Antoni <antoni[at]>
Professor for Japanese Studies, chair, Tübingen University, Germany
Klaus Antoni, born in 1953, is a Japanologist with special interests in the fields of culture anthropology and history of religious ideas in pre modern and modern Japan. In 1981 he completed his doctorate at the university of Freiburg (Germany) with a dissertation on problems concerning comparative Japanese mythology. In the same year he moved to the University of Munich, where in 1985 the habilitation (postdoctoral thesis and teaching qualification) for the field of Japanese studies took place. As habilitation thesis he presented a work on Miwa belief in ancient Japan. After professorships at the universities of Hamburg (1987) and Trier (1993) he took over the chair for Japanese Cultural Studies at the Institute for Japanese Studies of Tübingen University in 1998.
        Antoni's main points of research lie in the area of spiritual and religious history of Japan. He particularly inquires into the question of relationships between religion ("Shintō") and ideology in premodern and modern Japan, e. g. presenting an extensive study on the idea of kokutai (national polity) within the context of Shintō since Edo times, in the year 1998 (Shintō und die Konzeption des japanischen Nationalwesens (kokutai). [Shintō and the Concept of Japanese National Polity (kokutai)]. (Handbook of Oriental Studies, vol. V/ 8). Leiden: Brill, 1998).     
        Furthermore, he is interested in theories concerning Japanese culture (e.g. cultural stereotypes on Japan) as well as in the historical and present relationship between Japan and Asia.

Hiroshi Araki <hiroark[at]>
Associate professor, Graduate School of Letters, Department of Japanese Literature, Osaka University. My research is on medieval Japanese literature: Tsurezuregusa and other zuihitsu, and setsuwa or setsuwa bungaku, for example Konjaku-monogatari-shū, Ujishūi-monogatari, Shaseki-shū, Kokonchomon-shū. Other interests include kyōgenkigo, waka-dharaani, and Myōe Dream Diary.

Sonja Arntzen <sonja.arntzen[at]>
Professor, East Asian Studies, the University of Toronto
I have two main areas of research. The first one occupied the first twenty years of my career. It was the kanshi poetry of Ikkyū Sōjun 一休宗純 which culminated in Ikkyū and the Crazy Cloud Anthology, Tokyu U. Press, 1986. Then, I turned to Heian Women's literature, specifically producing a new translation of the Kagerō Diary, U. of Michigan Press, 1997. I am currently putting a tentative toe in Genji studies by trying an experimental translation of the Wakamurasaki chapter and preparing a conference paper on how the Kiritsubo chapter transforms Po Chü-i's Chang hen ge 長 恨歌.
*The Kagero Diary (1997); The Crazy Cloud Anthology of Ikkyu Sojun (1986); Ikkyu Sojun: A Zen Monk and His Poetry (1973).

Paul Atkins
I teach Japanese language and literature at the University of Washington.
My dissertation (Stanford, 1999) was a study of the noh plays of Komparu Zenchiku. Recent research has included the usagi texts (treatises on waka falsely attributed to Teika), the demon-quelling style (rakkitei) in Japanese poetic and dramatic theory, and chigo monogatari.
* Paul S. Atkins. Revealed identity: the noh plays of Komparu Zenchiku. Michigan monograph series in Japanese studies ; no. 55. Ann Arbor, MI : Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2006. xiii, 292 p. ISBN 192928036X.

Oliver Aumann
I am about to finish my Phd. in Japanology at the Institute for East Asian Studies at Munich University, Germany. I work in Japanese religion and my Phd. thesis is about the Problem of the "Self" in Shinran's Amida-Buddhism and Dogen's Zen-Buddhism. From 1994-1997 I studied at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, where I graduated as a Master of Arts (shūshi) in the Faculty of Literature (Ethics). Besides Amida-Buddhism and Zen, I am studying the Hokke-kyō and am especially interested in the Fuke-school of Zen.

Joshua Badgley
I am an amateur scholar in Virginia, interested mostly in Heian to Momoyama period history. I am extremely interested in historical reconstruction and re-enactment, espcially as pertains to clothing and armour. I also 'play' with the SCA, which is the only group I am familiar with that allows me to indulge myself in my Heian habits, but have long thought of trying to get a group together that would specifically focus on recreating Japanese history and giving educational demonstrations to the public.

Doris G. Bargen
*University of Massachusetts at Amherst
*A Woman's Weapon: Spirit Possession in The Tale of Genji (1997)

Tom Barker <tomwbarker[at]>
I am a graduate student at the University of Kansas. My main interest is international trade of precious metals in the Late Medieval and Early Tokugawa period.

Tara Barnett <tarabar[at]>
PhD candidate in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. General research area is the society and culture of the Tokugawa period, and current research interests involve the courtesan, the pleasure quarters, and the ways in which each influences and is influenced by the larger society through cultural attitudes toward art and leisure.
* Barnett, Tara Marlene. "Yugei: Idle Arts in Tokugawa Japan." M.A. Thesis, University of Alberta, 2000.

Christopher Baskind <wabishi[at]>
I'm part of a small circle of writers attempting to compose tanka in English. We've been researching on our own for the better part of a year, but lack strong connections to the academic community. Such ties would deepen our understanding of the tradition we're attempting to embrace. We run a pair of mailing lists. Our primary community is called Mountain-Home, and its archives are open. I would be very pleased if you'd have a look, by way of introduction:

James Baskind
Ph.D. Student in Japanese premodern literature at Yale. My primary interest is in classical poetry, particularly the wakan dialectic, as well as the poetry-Buddhism dialectic.

Michael Bathgate
Religious Studies Department, Saint Xavier University
My primary interest revolves around the meanings and uses of narrative and imagery in religious discourse, especially folklore and tale literature (setsuwa, ōjōden, etc). By extension, I have become increasingly interested in the intersection of elite and popular religious discourse, in their conflicts as well as their complementarity. One area that I would particularly like to explore in more detail is the early-modern movement to identify and eliminate religious ideas and practices described as "superstition" (meishin). A much-revised version of my dissertation (at the University of Chicago) was published as The Fox's Craft in Japanese Religion and Folklore: Shapeshifters, Transformations and Duplicities (Routledge, 2004).

Mikael Bauer 
affiliation = EALC, Harvard University
Research interests: premodern Japanese Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism and Sanskrit Studies.
Main interest: synthesis between esoteric and exoteric Buddhism in Heian Japan.

James C. Baxter <baxter[at]>
Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto. My research is on nineteenth- and twentieth-century history. I am interested in premodern studies because I occasionally teach about pre-Meiji matters and also because one of my duties at Nichibunken is to follow trends in current research in Japanese studies generally. Earlier I wrote about the process of national integration in modern Japan (The Meiji Unification through the Lens of Ishikawa Prefecture, Harvard University Council on East Asian Studies, 1994). Recently I have been investigating the role of private-sector banks in allocating resources in modern Japan. From a senior colleague who retired, I inherited leadership of a three-year (2000-2002) team research project, "Historiography and Japanese Consciousness of Values and Norms," and I have been looking at Meiji-period textbooks for Japanese history in connection with that. In April 2001, I became editor of Nichibunken's annual English-language journal Japan Review.

Alex Bay <fugetsu[at]>
I am currently researching a dissertation on the rise of scientific medicine in 19th century Japan at Kitasato Kenkyūjo Ishigaku kenkyūbu.

Clemente Beghi <beghi.pc[at]>
I am a PhD student at Cambridge University doing research on Japanese Buddhist Art History (especially that belonging to esoteric schools) and its relationship with society. I am now focusing on the Myoo and their rites.

Maiko Behr
PhD candidate, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
My M.A. thesis was a translation of the Taketori Monogatari in the context of a late Edo period commentary. Current research interests include: text/image relations in narrative albums and handscrolls, reception of Heian literature in the Edo period and later, gender and cultural production

Janine Beichman
Professor, Faculty of Literature, Dept of Japanese Literature, Daito Bunka University, Tokyo/Saitama. Research interests: Japanese poetry of all periods/genres, and Noh are the main ones. Am now teaching renga, Noh, women in modern Japanese literature. Have also taught, and may again, the Genji, Japanese theatre, Man'yōshū, haikai.
*Embracing the Firebird: Yosano Akiko and the Rebirth of the Female Voice in Modern Japanese Poetry (Hawaii, 2002); Masaoka Shiki: His Life and Works (Cheng & Tsui, 2002. Origin. pub. by Kodansha International in 1986); Beneath the Sleepless Tossing of the Planets: Selected Poems 1972-1989 (Asian Poetry in Translation. Japan; 17) by Makoto Ooka, trans. Janine Beichman.

Ross Bender
affiliation = University of Pennsylvania
I give occasional lectures on Shinto in Cameron Hurst's Pre-Modern Japanese History course at Penn. Currently I am working on a study of imperial pronouncements (senmyō, choku, shō) during the reign of Koken/Shotoku Tenno (749-769) and on a translation of the Senmyō with Peter Nosco.
1978 "Metamorphosis of a Deity: The Image of Hachiman in 'Yumi
Yawata' ". MN 33(2)
1979 "The Hachiman Cult and the Dokyo Incident". MN 34(2)
1980 "The Political Meaning of the Hachiman Cult in Ancient and Early Medieval Japan." Unpublished diss, Columbia University.  (
1983 "Correspondence (with A.N. Meshcheryakov)". MN 38(1)
1989 "Hojo River" - unpublished translation of the Noh play Hôjôgawa. (
1989 "Jesus". Pinchpenny Press. translation of "Iesu" by Yorifumi Yaguchi. (

John R. Bentley <jbentley1[at]>
Associate Professor of Japanese, Northern Illinois University
Ph.D. from University of Hawaii
Research interests: historical linguistics; Asuka-Nara era linguistics, literature, history; kokugaku (Kamo no Mabuchi, Motoori Norinaga). I am currently trying to finish a translation of Nihon shoki that has taken me almost ten years.
The Authenticity of Sendai Kuji Hongi: A New Examination of Texts, With a Translation And Commentary (Brill's Japanese Studies Library, 2006). //Historiographical Trends in Early Japan (Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press,  2002); A Descriptive Grammar of Early Old Japanese Prose (Brill's Japanese Studies Library, 2001); "A New Look at Paekche and Korean: Data from Nihon shoki." Language Research (36.2); "Toru in Old Japanese." Journal of East Asian Linguistics (8.2); "The Origin of Man:yoogana." BSOAS (vol. 64, pt 1, pp. 59-73).

Elliot Berlin <abelard[at]>
I am a Washington, DC-based filmmaker in development on a film about The Tale of Genji. This film will take an entertaining and informative approach to introducing Genji to Western audiences. [full text sent to list]

Monica Bethe
Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies, Otani University.
Interests: Noh/Kyogen in particular (practice & academic study, masks, costumes), Japanese theater, narrative, festivals in general. On a different track, textiles: making and historical research.
*Nō As Performance : An Analysis of the Kuse Scene of Yamamba (co-authored with Karen Brazell,1978).

David Bialock
Assistant Professor of Japanese literature at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. I work chiefly in the medieval period. Interests include Buddhist influences in Japanese literature and culture, comparative literature, poetry, translation. I am currently working on a book which examines The Tale of the Heike in relationship to Buddhist thought and problems of space, ritual, music, and other aspects of medieval Japanese culture.
* "Peripheries of power: voice, history, and the construction of imperial and sacred space in 'the Tale of the Heike' and other medieval and Heian historical texts" (PhD thesis, Columbia University, 1997); "Heike Monogatari" in in Steven D. Carter, ed., Medieval Japanese Writers, 1999, pp. 73-84.

Heather Blair
Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University.
My research interests focus on Japanese mountain religion during the Heian period.

Lara C. W. Blanchard
Henry Luce Assistant Professor of East Asian Art, Hobart and William Smith
Colleges, Geneva, New York.
    I am an art historian specializing in Chinese painting of the Song dynasty (960-1279), but I also teach classes on Japanese art. My research interests include text-image relationships and the construction of gender.

Beatrice M. Bodart Bailey
Professor of Japanese History, Faculty of Comparative Culture, Otsuma Women's University, Tama Campus, Tama-shi, Tokyo 206-8540.
    Most recent monograph is a new translation of Engelbert Kaempfer's manuscript Heutiges Japan (generally known as The History of Japan) published by Hawaii UP as Kaempfer's Japan: Tokugawa Culture Observed. Others include (with Derek Massarella, eds) The Furthest Goal: Engelbert Kaempfer's Encounter with Tokugawa Japan, and a Japanese translation of this volume: (Naka and Kobayashi trans.) Harukanaru mokutekichi Kenperu to Tokugawa Nihon no deai, Osaka UP, 1999; a volume which exists only in Japanese: (Naka, trans.) Kenperu to Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Chuukou Shinsho no. 1168, etc.
    Articles: a number in Monumenta Nipponica, many on the fifth Tokugawa shogun Tsunayoshi, his advisors (Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu), his various policies, Confucianism, etc. A biography of the fifth shogun is in preparation. [*Japanese titles here*]

William Bodiford
East Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA, Los Angeles CA
*Soto Zen in Medieval Japan (1993).
*web resource: EAST ASIAN BUDDHIST STUDIES: A REFERENCE GUIDE First Compiled by Robert Buswell, Revised and Expanded by William Bodiford

Cynthea Bogel <cjbogel[at]>
Assistant Professor of Japanese art and architectural history at the University of Washington (Seattle). I work chiefly on the history of Japanese Buddhist icons and imagery, especially those made for eighth-century temples and early Heian Shingon materials. See:
    Forthcoming in October, 2003, "The Objects of Transmission and the Subjects of History: Catalogue of Imported Goods (Shōrai mokuroku)," in a special issue of the Mt. Kōya, Bulletin of the Research Institute of Esoteric Buddhist Culture; "Canonizing Kannon: The Ninth-Century Esoteric Buddhist Altar at Kanshinji." (March, 2002) Art Bulletin; "A Matter of Definition: Japanese Esoteric Art and the Construction of a Japanese Esoteric History," Waseda Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 18, 1996.
    * My primary interests are in site- and ritual-specific meanings for icons and the ways in which visual aspects of material culture affect reception and function (visuality and visual authority). I am currently working on a book that examines early ninth-century imported goods, temples, and Buddhist icons associated with Kūkai.
* I've also published on ukiyo-e and contemporary textiles. See: Hiroshige: Birds and Flowers, co-author with I. Goldman New York: George Braziller, 1988 (German trans.) Hiroshige, Blumen und Vogel. Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 1988

Marjan Boogert
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. My research interest is Tokugawa period history; my dissertation focuses on daimyō society in Edo in the context of bakufu politics and the bakuhan system.

Christopher Bolton <bolton[at]>
Assistant Professor of Japanese, Williams College
My work centers on modern literature, particularly postwar fiction, Abe Kōbō, science and literature in Japan, and Japanese animation. I am coeditor of "Japanese Science Fiction," a special issue of journal Science Fiction Studies (Nov. 2002) and submissions editor of Mechademia, a new journal for writing about anime, manga, and related arts (U Minn Press).  A more detailed profile and list of my publications are available at

Robert Borgen <rborgen[at]>
I teach early Japanese history and literature--albeit pretty much all in English--at University of California, Davis. My research focuses on Heian history and literature, with a bit of religion on the side. I'm currently working on many projects, but not necessarily finishing all of them.
*The Distant Isle : Studies and Translations of Japanese Literature in Honor of Robert H. Brower (1996), ed. Borgen et al.; Sugawara no Michizane and the Early Heian Court (1986, pbk. edition 1994).

Adriana Boscaro <boscaro[at]>
Professor of Japanese Literature, University Ca' Foscari, Venice (Italy).
        My two main areas of research are Japanese pre-modern and modern literature and the cultural history of 16-18th centuries. Within the former, closer attention is given to the work of Tanizaki Jun'ichirō (some translations, the 1995 International Symposium in Venice, a bibliography), while in the latter I have worked on the impact of Christianity, on rangaku, on Hiraga Gennai and on the gesaku in general.
        Since 1988 I have been the editor of a translation series of Japanese Literature (Marsilio Publishers in Venice []) of which twenty-six volumes are out.
* Recent publications.
Translations: Katō Shūichi, Storia della letteratura giapponese (Nihon bungakushi josetsu, 3 vols.); Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Yoshino (Yoshino kuzu) and several short stories; Hiraga Gennai, La bella storia di Shidoken (Furyū Shidōken den); Taketori monogatari.
* A Tanizaki Feast: The International Symposium in Venice, (eds. A. Boscaro and A. H. Chambers), The University of Michigan, 1998; // Tanizaki Jun'ichiro kokusai Symposium, Tokyo, Chuokoronsha, 1997; // Tanizaki in Western Languages. A Bibliography of Translations and Studies, Ann Arbor, Univ.of Michigan, 2000; // Narrativa giapponese. Cent'anni di traduzioni, Venezia, Cafoscarina, 2000.

Antony Boussemart
In charge of the periodicals and the Japanese collection for the library of the Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient (EFEO) in Paris,I am a Ph.D. candidate working on Mt. Koya during the first years of Meiji, the main topic being to work out how the whole complex of Koyasan dealt with the anti-Buddhist movments (shinbutsu bunri and haibutsu kishaku).
* "Un temple bouddhiste au coeur de Paris," in F. Chappuis and F. Macouin, eds., D'outremer et d'Orient mystique, les itineraires d'Emile Guimet, Paris: Editions Findakly, 2001.

Richard Bowring
Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Cambridge, UK
Have worked mainly in Japanese literature to date but research interests have recently shifted to religion. Am now in the process of writing a history of Japanese religions, which will probably end up in two vols since I am 100,000 words in and have reached the 13th century
*Recent publication: The Religious Traditions of Japan 500–1600. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005, 463 pages. [Info. at CUP.]
Other books include: The Diary of Lady Murasaki (Princeton UP 1982/ Penguin Classics, 1996); The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan (co-editor with P.Kornicki, 1993); Murasaki Shikibu: The Tale of Genji, Landmarks of World Literature series (Cambridge U. P., 2nd edition, 2004).

Karen Brazell
I teach literature and theater at Cornell. Once translated Towazugatari and am still interested but not active in aspects of women's literature (another term [like "premodern"] I don't like much). Have been doing noh for years. Now I am involved in various exciting web-based projects on world theater and traditional Japanese theater. You will all be hearing more about these as soon as they are a bit more presentable.
*Traditional Japanese Theater: An Anthology of Plays (1998); Twelve Plays of the Noh and Kyōgen Theaters (1988); Confessions of Lady Nijō (1983).

Puck Brecher
I am a Ph.D. candidate at USC researching aesthetics and eccentrism as they pertain to modernization in 18th -20th century Japan.

John Breen
Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, Department of East Asia, SOAS, London. Head, Japanese Section, Department of East Asia, SOAS
Recent publications
"Nativism restored," Monumenta Nipponica, 55, 3 (2000); Shinto in history: ways of the kami, Curzon Press/Hawaii UP (edited with Mark Teeuwen), 2000; "Introduction: Shinto past and present" (with Mark Teeuwen) in ibid; "Ideologues, bureaucrats and priests: on shrines and temples in early Meiji Japan" in ibid; "Heretics in Nagasaki 1790-96" reprinted in S.Turnbull ed., Kakure kirishitan, hidden Christians (2 vols.), Japan Library, 2000.
* see fuller list of publications 1995-2000

Erin Brightwell 
I am an MA student in Chinese at the University of Washington.  My research interests include literature on the supernatural written in kanbun.

Dean Brink
I teach Japanese poetry (all periods), film and language at St. Martin's College in Washington State (assistant professor). I'm ABD at the University of Chicago, working with Norma Field and William Sibley. My dissertation is on the uses of verse in the formation of the Meiji nation and ideology. I look at the relationship of various Meiji texts to premodern waka, senryū, rakusho and karon, and examine poetry from the kanshi and waka of Yoshida Shouin through the shintaishi of Kitamura Tōkoku.

Karen L. Brock
Associate Professor of Japanese Art History, Washington University in Saint Louis. Research interests: Japanese picture scrolls; aristocratic Kyoto from the 13th-16th centuries; "Saint" Myōe and Kōzanji (current project).
*see URL for publications

Philip C. Brown
Manager, Early Modern Japan Net
Department of History, Ohio State University

Steven T. Brown <stb[at]>
Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon.
In addition to my work on noh, which attempts to position it as a site of conflict framed by the mechanisms of patronage within which poetic, religious, political, and economic discourses are brought together in complex and innovative ways as an active, productive force in the theater of the medieval cultural imaginary, I have been busy editing a special issue of Women & Performance, a leading journal of feminist performance and theory out of NYU. The special issue of Women & Performance (due out this spring), which I hope will be of interest to pmjs members, attempts to reclaim a place for women in the history of Japanese performance. The issue will include work by Lynne Miyake on the performativity of Heian literary and poetic texts, Terry Kawashima on asobi, Sarah Strong on anonymous female performers and the legend of Ono no Komachi, Keller Kimbrough on the dissemination of Izumi Shikibu stories by bikuni from Seiganji and Kumano, Eric Rath on the history of female noh, Susan Matisoff on the role of arukimiko in the development of the sekkyōbushi narrative Oguri, as well as essays on contemporary performers such as Rio Kishida, Dumb Type, and others.
Theatricalities of Power: The Cultural Politics of Noh (Stanford UP, 2001). 209 pp; "Ominameshi and the Politics of Subjection," in The Noh Ominameshi: A Flower Viewed from Many Directions, ed. Mae Smethurst and Christina Laffin (Cornell Univ East Asia Program, 2003); "Staging Female Suicide on Otokoyama: New Historicist Readings of Power and Gender in the Noh Theater," in The New Historicism in Japanese Literary Studies, PMAJLS 4 (Summer 1998); "Theatricalities of Power: New Historicist Readings of Japanese Noh Drama," in Revisionism in Japanese Literary Studies, PMAJLS 2 (Summer 1996).

Todd Brown <jtbrown[at]>
Assistant Professor of Japanese Religions, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson.
Research interest: Premodern Japanese history and religion, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between patronage and sectarian development in medieval Buddhism. Other interests include pilgrimage; practices associated with the belief in mappo; the medieval "status system"; and pre-modern Buddhist didactic, hagiographic, and polemical works and their use in proselytization. My dissertation is a study of the evolution of the Jishū sect of Pure Land Buddhism from the late thirteenth through the mid-fourteenth century.

Shelley Brunt <shelley.brunt[at]>
Ph.D. Ethnomusicology student, Elder School of Music, The University of Adelaide, Australia. I'm a student of A. Kimi Coaldrake. My interests primarily lie in Japanese Popular Music and my thesis is on NHK's Kōhaku Uta Gassen. I would, however, like to brush up on my knowledge of pre-modern Japan.

Anthony J. Bryant <anthony_bryant[at]>
My interests are pre-Tokugawa. In no particular order, my interests are: sengoku Japan; the Mongol invasion; Bakin's Nansō Satomi Hakkenden; the Kamakura/Muromachi power shift; the Onin War; gunki mono; Japanese armour (design, construction, decoration). 
I've created some things specifically of interest in premodern Japanese classrooms .

Kenneth J. Bryson
A lifelong pursuit of interests in Japanese literature, art, and history and a chance encounter at a dinner in Atlanta resulted in my entering and receiving the grand prize in the English division of the Shizuoka Fifth International Translation competition in 2003. Unlike some of the previous grand prize recipients, I was unable to take advantage of the year's scholarship to study in Japan that comes with it; but the privilege of meeting the previous competition winners as well as the distinguished judges - including Donald Keene and Janine Beichman - and literary lights like Ogino Anna and Ooka Makoto has proved an inspiration to me. Despite my lack of academic credentials, I am looking forward to future challenges in the field of Japanese translation as the appropriate opportunities arise.

Heidi Buck-Albulet <buck[at]>
affiliation = University of Tuebingen
Selected publications:
    Emotion und Aesthetik. Das Ashiwake obune - eine Waka-Poetik des jungen Motoori Norinaga im Kontext dichtungstheoretischer Diskurse des frühneuzeitlichen Japan. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2005. (Dissertation, Tübingen 2002.)
    "Rhetorik, aussereuropäische; B. IV. Japan.". In: Rhetorik. Begriff-Geschichte-Internationalität. Hrsg. v. Gert Ueding. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2005. S. 278-283.
See also: bibliography online

Kristina Buhrman
Ph.D student in the Department of History, University of Southern California, focusing on pre-modern Japan.

Rose Bundy
Associate Professor, Japanese Language and Literature. Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo MI.
    Heian/Kamakura waka.
*Publications: "Fujiwara no Teika" in Steven D. Carter, ed., Medieval Japanese Writers, 1999, pp. 42-57; "Poetic Apprenticeship: Fujiwara Teika's Shogaku Hyakushu," MN 45: 2 (1990), 157-88; "Santai Waka: Six Poems in Three Modes," MN 49: 2 (1994), 197-228, 49: 3, 261-86; "Solo Poetry Contest as Poetic Self-Portrait: The One-Hundred-Round Contest of Lord Teika's Own Poems," MN 61:1 (2006), 1-58, 61:2 (2006), 131-192.

Stefania Burk stefania.burk[at]>
Assistant Professor of Japanese, University of British Columbia
Interests include medieval waka and anthologization, women's poetry/autobiography, and modern canonization of premodern texts and traditions.
    Current projects involve the late Kamakura imperial anthologies and a book-length study of Eifukumon-in.
    PhD dissertation: "Reading between the Lines: Poetry and Politics in the Imperial Anthologies of the Late Kamakura Period." (U.C. Berkeley, 2002). My master's thesis (1996) dealt with the development of Kyōgoku poetics in the 14th c. and the Kyōgoku poet, Eifukumon'in (1271-1342). This study also included a translation of the 200 poems in her "Eifukumon'in hyakuban onjikaawase."
UMI 3082142 (citation).

Susan Burns
I received my Ph.D from the University of Chicago in 1994 and presently teaching Japanese history at the University of Texas at Austin. My current research focuses on issues of gender, the body, and medical practice in the Edo period. Presently I am doing research in Japan and am affiliated with Ritsumeikan in Kyoto.

Lee Butler <lee_butle[at]>
I am spending the 2002-03 school year teaching at Colby College. I've also taught at the University of Alabama and Brigham Young University. Research interests include late medieval and early modern society and culture. I'm at work on a social history of Hineno no shoo during the early 16th century (based in large part on the diary of Kujō Masamoto) and a study of Tokugawa society and class (as understood through material culture).
Recent publications:
Emperor and Aristocracy in Japan, 1467-1680: Resilience and Renewal (Harvard University Asia Center, 2002); "Language Change and 'Proper' Transliterations in Premodern Japanese," Japanese Language and Literature: Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese (2002).

Patrick Caddeau <caddeau[at]>
 Director of Studies, Forbes College, Princeton University.
Appraising Genji: Literary Criticism and Cultural Anxiety in the Age of the Last Samurai (2006) [On the poet and nativist scholar Hagiwara Hiromichi (1815-63), his magnum opus Genji monogatari hyōshaku, and the impact of his work on interpretive theories in early modern Japan.] [SUNY Press link - first chapter]
    Areas of interest and research include: Genji commentary, criticism, and reception; early modern literature and interpretation from yomihon to shousetsu; the role of cinema, performance, and technology in the formation of cultural identity.  

Gary C. Cadwallader
My own field is Chanoyu, Chado = Tea. My background: B.A. at Trinity University in ancient medieval history then a Masters in Japanese language and literature under Roy Teele at UT Austin in 1975, received a Mombusho to U. of Osaka, just stayed in Kyoto and discovered Chanoyu. I studied at the Urasenke Headquarters non-Japanese students course, Midorikai everyday for 3 years ('79-82), then in the Japanese course, Urasenke Gakuen Chado Senmon Gakko for 2 more years ('82-84). Since then have been teaching Chanoyu at Urasenke, working for the Urasenke Foundation and since a recent restructuring, Tankokai, writing and editing the English language Urasenke Newsletter as well as other minor publications, giving presentations around the world as well as in Japan, and teaching at Urasenke, both lecture and o-keiko.

Chris Callahan <ctc2101[at]>
I am a Ph.D student in religion at Columbia University. I am interested primarily in Pure Land Buddhist hagiography.

David Cannell
Graduate student at University of California, Irvine.

Kevin Gray Carr
Graduate student in Japanese Art and Archaeology at Princeton. My main focus is medieval religious art, and I am currently in Japan (affiliated with Kyushu University this year) working on my thesis, which involves the art (particularly painting) related to the medieval cult of personality around Shotoku.

Carole Cavanaugh
Associate Professor of Japanese at Middlebury College. I work on projects involving Japanese film and have a life-long interest in Genji. As disparate as the two areas seem, they continually replenish each other in my research.

Christopher Celinski
I am currently an undergraduate student at University of Florida as a Japanese Language and Literature major. I will be attending UCLA in the fall for graduate school to continue to research The Tale of the Heike, specifically its textual transmission.

Anthony H. Chambers
I have been teaching Japanese literature and language since1971, and at Arizona State University since 1998. Since I've always taught in small programs, I've had to cover the entire range of Japanese literature in my courses. Most of my scholarly activity has concentrated on literary translation, especially of Japanese prose, and particularly the work of Tanizaki and Ueda Akinari. For what it's worth, my favorite among my Tanizaki translations is "The Reed Cutter" (Ashikari). I've also written a study of Tanizaki's fiction, The Secret Window.

Margaret H. Childs
*Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages, University of Kansas
Rethinking Sorrow: Revelatory Tales of Late Medieval Japan. Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan, 1991; "Genji, At Least, Was Not a Rapist: The Nature of Love and the Parameters of Sexual Coercion in the Literature of the Heian Court," in Proceedings of the Midwest Association for Japanese Literary Studies, vol. 4 (1998) 138-152; "The Value of Vulnerability: Sexual Coercion and the Nature of Love in Japanese Court Literature," in The Journal of Asian Studies, 54:4 (November 1999) 1059-1079.

Gail Chin
My position is Assistant Professor of Art History, Dept. of Visual
Arts, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
* Present research concerns Pure Land Buddhist paintings and images of the body in early medieval Japan. I am particularly interested in raigozu and a handscroll painting called Yamai no sōshi.
* "On Being Joyful about Dying: The Painting of The Descent of Amida and His Holy Multitude," Jacqueline Stone and Mariko Namba, eds. Death and Death Rituals in Japan (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, in progress); "The Gender of Buddhist Truth: The Female Corpse in a Group of Japanese Paintings," Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (Fall 1998), 79-121; "The Mukaekō of Taimadera: Salvation Re-enacted." Cahiers d'Extreme Asie. 8 (1995), 325-334.

Jessey J.C. Choo
I am a Ph.D student in the East Asian Studies Department at Princeton University. I received my MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto. I am interested in comparative political history of Nara Japan and T'ang China, focusing on the following aspects: 1. The marriage institution and the transference of (material or non-material) property through daughters; 2. The pattern in which royal women ascended to the throne and the reasons for the decline of female rulership; 3. Women's participation in religious/Confuican rites, espeicailly those held in the interest of the nation

Yuehtsen Juliette Chung
Juliette Chung is currently teaching "Chinese East Asia" in the History Department of MIT. She has taught a junior tutorial entitled, "Local/Global: East Asian Experiences" in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, Harvard University in Fall 2000. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago in 1999. Her dissertation, "Struggle for National Survival: Eugenics in Sino-Japanese Contexts, 1896-1945," was published with Routledge in Spring, 2002. It is a historical investigation of the relationship between science and society through the comparative study of eugenics movements as they developed in both Japan and China from the 1890s to the 1940s. Her eugenics project embodies a specific case study against a greater background of the global transmission of Western science. Her areas of interest include social Darwinism and Nationalism in East Asia, gender and science, women and social history, transnational history of science, ethnography of science, and intellectual and cultural history in East Asia. She holds an A.B. (1987) and an A.M. (1991) in History from Taiwan National University. She is currently finishing a manuscript entitled, Science and Social Nexus: Chinese Eugenics in a Transnational Context. Her current projects are an ethnography of Chinese eugenics, entitled "Better Life or Another Life?--Eugenics and Bioethics in China" and "Transnational Science: the Japanese establishment of Shanghai Natural Science Institute and the Knowledge of Taxonomy in China, 1923-1945."

Young-ah Chung
My primary research interests pertain to medieval courtly women's nikki. My current reseach is on Takemuki ga ki by Hino Nako (fl. 1330-50). An annotated translation of Book One is a part of my M.A. thesis (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Feb. 2003). I am currently a research student at Kyoto University and also being given much support by Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto.

Shayne Clarke
Department of Religious Studies
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Adam Clulow <ajc2009[at]>
I am a Ph.D student in Japanese History at Columbia University. I am currently working on the wako. I am also researching coastal and oceanic shipping in the Muromachi period.

Gina Cogan
I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Religion department at Columbia University. I study Japanese Buddhist nuns in imperial convents of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
* "Precepts and power: Enshoji, Buddhism and the state in seventeenth century Japan." PhD diss, Columbia, 2004. 299 pp. UMI 3138338.

Doron B. Cohen <dcohen[at]>
Doshisha University, School of Theology
I graduated from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and received an M.Th. from Doshisha University. Taught at both universities.
Main interests: literature (including Japanese classical and modern literature; poetry of all periods; modern fiction); religion (including Japanese religions, mainly modern Christianity); translation (practical and theoretical). Published some articles and book-reviews in those subjects.
Translate from Japanese into Hebrew (Murakami Haruki's Norwegian Wood; Tanizaki's The Key; poetry).
Current study: translations of the Hebrew Bible into Japanese.

Anne Commons
PhD (Columbia University) on the Man'yōshū poet Kakinomoto no Hitomaro.
* now teaching in Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta

James Coleman <antennaloop[at]>
Independent scholar, musician, Cambridge, MA
I am a reader of premodern Japanese literature & essays & scholarship on Japanese aesthetics. I am currently engaged in investigating how the aesthetics of Zuihitsu, Wabi, Sabi, & Yūgen could inform current practices in the composition of low volume, low velocity experimental music & improvisation.

Ellen P. Conant
Independent scholar
Research interests: Japanese art, particularly painting, from about 1750-1950. Special interest in Meiji painting, Japanese participation in national and international expositions, and foreign employees of the Meiji government (oyatoi).

Tom Conlan <tconlan[at]>
Assistant Professor of History, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.
I am a faculty member of the Department of History and the Asian Studies Program at Bowdoin college, specializing in pre-1600 Japanese history. My current research includes an examination of the nature of warfare in thirteenth and fourteenth century Japan and the judicial role of violence. Currently I am working on a reinterpretation of the Mongol invasions of Japan and a translation of Takezaki Suenaga's Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions. I have also just had an article published in the Journal of Japanese Studies concerning warfare in fourteenth century Japan and am revising my dissertation on fourteenth century warfare, which I expect to submit for publication in the near future. Future topics include the political role of Esoteric Buddhism in medieval Japan.
* "The Nature of Warfare in Fourteenth Century Japan: The Record of Nomoto Tomoyuki," Journal of Japanese Studies 25.2 (Summer 1999) [abstract] // In Little Need of Divine Intervention: Takezaki Suenaga's Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan. Ithaca, New York: East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2001. [Online: pp. 254-76 of study.] [Amazon link]// State of War: The Violent Order of Fourteenth-Century Japan. Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies, No. 46 (Michigan, 2003).

Lewis Cook <lcoqc[at]>
Associate Professor, Queens College, City Univ. of New York
Field: classical and medieval literature (with a special interest in poetics, literary pedagogy and commentary).
Current projects: preparation of a critical edition of Kokin Wakashū Ryōdō Kikigaki (Kasama Shoin, forthcoming).
Dissertation abstract on this site.
URL: Kokinshū at Japanese Text Initiative.

Joao Paulo Oliveira e Costa
Professor in the New University of Lisbon (Department of History). Main field of research - The Portuguese presence in Japan (16th and 17th centuries). I am the Editor of the Bulletin of Portuguese Japanese Studies. PhD dissertation "O episcopado de D.Luis Cerqueira e o Cristianismo no Japao" ("Christianity in Japan and the bishopric of Luis Cerqueira"), Lisbon, 1998. Main publications on Japan: "Portugal e o Japao: o seculo namban", Lisbon, 1993; "A descoberta da civilizacao japonesa pelos Portugueses", Macao, 1995; "O Cristianismo no Japao no seculo XVI. Ensaios de Historia Luso-Niponica", Lisbon, 1999.

Ive Aaslid Covaci
I am a PhD candidate in Japanese Art History at Yale University, currently writing my dissertation on the Ishiyamadera engi and the representation of dreams and visions in premodern Japanese art.

John Creamer 
PhD candidate at Yale University. My dissertation examines scribal culture, scribal patronage and textual commerce as it is described in Prince Sadafusa's "Kanmon nikki". I'm interested in textual commerce in Medieval Japan, copying and calligraphic hands, calligraphic lineages, and the place of imperial houses such as Fushimi no miya in the capital's scribal network. Other interests include the participation of performers such as biwa hōshi and sarugaku troupes in the network. My focus throughout graduate school has been premodern Japanese theater, particularly Noh. I wrote a MA thesis at the University of Hawaii on Komparu Zenchiku's use of Genji yoriai, their connection to Teika's "Okuiri" and Genji hikiuta, and the possible transmission of Teika's "Shui guso" to Zenchiku through Shōtetsu

Doris L. Croissant
I am presently studying the visual semantics of Genji illustrations, especially the representation of musical instruments in relation to gender and erotics. I am therefore very much interested in linguistic methods of evaluating metaphorical meaning in the Genji and other narratives. I teach Japanese art at Heidelberg University.

Barbara Cross
I have just begun a PhD at SOAS (London) under the supervision of Professor Gerstle on the relationship of gesaku fiction (focusing on the writer Shikitei Sanba) and kabuki. I also recently completed an MA in Edo literature at Kyushu University.

Cheryl Crowley
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature at Emory University in Atlanta. My research interests include early modern Japanese literature and art, classical Chinese poetry, and women's studies. I am now working on a book on 18th century haikai poet and painter Yosa Buson.

Claire Cuccio
Ph.D. Candidate, Japanese Literature, Stanford University
My interests include relationships between author-artist, text-image; literary and visuals arts magazines; zuihitsu.

Alan Cummings
I am currently a graduate student under Drew Gerstle at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and have just finished the first year of my PhD. My interests are in kabuki, especially bakumatsu and early Meiji. I did my MA at Waseda, on Mokuami's bakumatsu shiranamimono, and I am currently working on some of his Meiji plays at SOAS.
* Lecturer in Japanese Literature, SOAS. [Webpage]

Charo B. D'Etcheverry <cdetcheverry[at]>
Assistant professor of Japanese (classical language and literature) in Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin at Madison. Dissertation dealt with the influences of Rear Court literary production as manifested in three late Heian tales: Sagoromo monogatari, Hamamatsu chunagon monogatari, and Yoru (Yowa) no nezame. Additional interests include translation (Sagoromo), Muromachi tales, and the on-going transformations of the classical canon.
[Webpage, cv]

Liza Dalby <lizadalby[at]>
My academic training is in cultural anthropology, specializing in Japan (PhD Stanford 1978). But I have spent the last decade pursuing literary fieldwork in the Heian era while researching material for a novel about Murasaki Shikibu. The result, The Tale of Murasaki, is now out from Nan A Talese books of Doubleday.I have also created a website to go with the novel as an electronic addendum. Please visit
My earlier major books are:
Kimono- Fashioning Culture. Yale UP, 1993.
Geisha. University of California Press. Orig. 1983, reissued in paperback 1998.

Dennis Darling <ddarl[at]>
Educated at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (MA in Japanese Studies and Ph.D. in Japan's late-medieval history; Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Uesugi Kenshin: a study of the military career of a sixteenth century warlord"). Have a general interest in Japan's political and cultural history from Jomon to modern times and am concentrating my research on the politico-military history of the Kanto and Hokuriku regions during the Muromachi and Sengoku periods.

Julie Nelson Davis
I am currently a fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich and London, England, where I am completing my book on Kitagawa Utamaro. I teach East Asian art history, from 1600 to the present, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brett de Bary
Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature. Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University.
    Articles on modern Japanese fiction, Japanese feminism, Japanese film, postmodern criticism, Karatani Kojin, tenko; translations of works by Oe Kenzaburo, Miyamoto Yuriko, Karatani Kojin.
    Books : Longtime Californ': A Documentary Study of an American Chinatown (with Victor Nee) (1973); Three Works by Nakano Shigeharu (1979); Origins of Modern Japanese Literature (1993); Nationality no datsu kōzō (with Sakai Naoki and Iyotani Toshio) (1996); Deconstructing Nationality by Naoki Sakai, Brett De Bary, and Toshio Iyotani (Cornell East Asia, 2005).
    Areas of research: post-modern criticism, Japanese film, translation of Karatani Kojin, subjectivity in early postwar Japanese literature, the construction of the body in Meiji poetry and naturalist fiction.

Hugh de Ferranti <hbd[at]>
University of Michigan (joint-appointment in Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and Department of Musicology, since 1998)
    Some interests: biwa traditions (particularly moosoo/zatoobiwa and Satsumabiwa; performative aspects of katarimono; blind musicians in Japanese history; uses of traditional instruments and musical elements in modern compositional contexts (including J-pop).
    Some writings:
*"Composition and improvisation in Satsuma biwa." In: Musica Asiatica 6 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1991)
*"Relations between music and text in Higo biwa." In: Asian Music, theme issue on music in oral narrative, edited by Scott Marcus and Dwight Reynolds: v26/1,1995
*"Speaking of Yamashika: 'the last biwa hooshi' and his many voices." In: Repercussions, 3/1: 1994.
*"Senzaiteki ni tekusuto ni motozuite iru ooraru conpojishon" In: Nihon no Katarimono: Kootoosei, Koozoo, Igi , edited by Komoda Haruko and Alison Tokita ( Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2000).
*Japanese Musical Instruments (OUP 2000)

Pieter S. de Ganon
PhD candidate in Japanese history, Princeton University. Present research: social history of meat-eating in Japan.

Erika De Poorter
University of Leiden, the Netherlands.
*Publications include:
As the twig is bent: essays in honour of Frits Vos, edited by Erika de Poorter. Amsterdam: J.C. Gieben, 1990. 257 p; Zeami's talks on sarugaku: an annotated translation of the Sarugaku dangi : with an introduction on Zeami Motokiyo. Amsterdam: J.G. Gieben, 1986. 303 p. [Link is to reprint, Hotei Publishing, 2002] // De kraanvogel en de schildpad : vijf Nō en vier Kyōgen [The Crane and the Tortoise: Five Noh and four Kyogen]. Translated and introduced by Erika de Poorter. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1978. 178 p.

Charles De Wolf
Keio University, Tokyo.
Mandarins: Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa (Archipelago Books, 2006);
Tales Of Days Gone, by Charles De Wolf with woodcuts By Naoko Matsubara (2004). [Translations from Konjaku monogatarishū.]; Many other translations from Konjaku monogatarishū published inTransactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan;  "The Prince and the Pussycat"; "Glimpses of Go in Japanese Literature." 

William E. Deal
Severance Associate Professor of the History of Religion. Director, Asian Studies Program, Department of Religion, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Areas of Research/Writing:
- Nara/Heian/Kamakura Buddhism
- Tendai Pure Land discourse and practice
- religion and literature in the Heian period
* Handbook To Life In Medieval And Early Modern Japan (Facts on File, 2005).
* Theory for Religious Studies, by Timothy Beal and William E. Deal (Routledge, 2004)

Wiebke Denecke <wd2118[at]>
Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, New York.
Research Interests:
    Cultural history, thought, and literature of premodern China and Japan up to the 12th century, Japanese appropriations of Chinese culture, and strategies of cross-cultural comparison.
    Current Project: "Patterns of Literary History in Double-Faced Cultures: Versions from Early Japan and Ancient Rome." I examine how early Japanese authors and how Latin authors conceived of their own literature and literary history in the presence of the overwhelming reference culture China, respectively Greece, and how they set out to tell their own story through and against the power of the reference culture’s models of literary history.

Monika Dix <mdix[at]>
Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Fellow Sainsbury Institute SOAS, London.
Ph.D, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia.
Research interests: text and image relationship in medieval emakimono, especially representations of women in Buddhist narratives. My dissertation, completed in 2006, examined the development of Chūjōhime's legend and its importance in terms of reception history from a gender perspective. 

Lucia Dolce
Lecturer in Japanese Religions, Centre for the Study of Japanese Religion, Department of the Study of Religions, SOAS, University of London.
Research field: Japanese Buddhism. Research to date has focused on medieval Buddhism, in particular Nichiren, Tendai, esoteric Buddhism, shinbutsu shugo.
Nichiren and the Lotus Sutra: Esoteric Patterns in a Japanese Medieval Interpretation of the Lotus (Leiden: Brill,  2006).

Sharon Domier <sdomier[at]>
East Asian Studies Librarian, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003
Proud to contribute to AskEASL (Ask an East Asian Studies Librarian)

Maureen H. Donovan
Associate Professor / Japanese Studies Librarian, Ohio State University
Ohio State's Japanese Collection:
East Asian Libraries Coop WWW homepage:

John Dougill
Professor of British Studies at Ryukoku University in Kyoto with an interest in Kyoto culture and history. I have written occasionally on the subject, although it is not my main area of specialisation.

James Dorsey
Assistant Professor, Japanese, Dartmouth College. Research interests include modern Japanese fiction and criticism, literature during the 1930s and 1940s, medieval noh drama.

Chris Drake
Faculty of Literature, Atomi College, Niiza, Saitama, Japan. I'm interested in analyzing and translating renga, haikai, ukiyo-zōshi, especially Saikaku, gesaku, kyōka and zappai, 'Omoro-sōshi' songs, and Okinawan shaman songs. I'm also interested in hermeneutics, poetics, and theory of translation.
*Copying Bird Calls by Nishiyama Soin; Haikai on Love by Matsuki Tantan. Translated with introduction by Chris Drake. Vols. 4 and 5 respectively of "an episodic festschrift for Howard Hibbett" (Limited edition of 1000 copies. Order information:; Annotated translations of ancient shaman songs in: Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, Summer 1996 (Volume 8:1). [Excerpt]

Thomas Dreitlein
Koyasan University. I am an ordained practitioner of Shingon Buddhism at Mt. Kōya with some scholarly pretensions.

Jonathan Dresner <dresner at>
My research is on Meiji emigration and social history, but my interests for both research and teaching go back much further. I'm now teaching (asst. prof.) at University of Hawai'i at Hilo, responsible for all Asian history and a few sections of World, of course. Dissertation abstract:

Don Druick <ddjb[at]>
I am an independent culture worker and a playwright; I live in a small farm village, 100 km west of Toronto, Canada. A lifetime of independent research into premodern Japanese culture has touched upon many disparate topics; major threads in my work have included the presentational dramaturgy of the kabuki playwrights Kawatake Mokuami and Tsuruya Namboku IV; and the dramatic function of the nohkan ashirai repertoire. I am currently considering a play about the great yose performer, Sanyūtei Enchō.
Relevant publications:
THE GREAT KANTO EARTHQUAKE OF 1923, in The BC Monthly (1978) // MUSIC FROM DUN-HUANG, in Descant (Fall 1990, volume 21 number 03) // WHERE IS KABUKI?, Playwrights Canada Press (Toronto 1991) // MUENBOTOKE, in Canadian Theatre Review (Winter 1995, number 85).

Mary Dusenbury <mdusenbury[at]>
Center for East Asian Studies, University of Kansas
I am interested in cloth, color and costume, particularly their function in ritual and statecraft. My current research expands "Radiance and Darkness: Color at the Heian Court" (PhD dissertation, University of Kansas 1999) to include ancient and early medieval Japan. Some publications: Flowers, Dragons and Pine Trees: Asian Textiles in the Spencer Museum of Art (Hudson Hills Press: New York and Manchester, 2004); "The Kusagusa no some yodo: A Tenth Century Manual for Court Dyers in Japan." Bulletin du CIETA. Bulletin #80. (Centre International d'Etude des Textiles Anciens. Lyons, 2004); "The Art of Color" and "Kasuri" in William Jay Rathbun, ed. Beyond the Tanabata Bridge: Traditional Japanese Textiles (Thames and Hudson with Seattle Art Museum, 1993); the "Textiles, History of" articles in Kodansha's Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (1993) and Encyclopedia of Japan (1983).

Torquil Duthie <duthie[at]>
Assistant Professor, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh. Dissertation: Poetry and Kingship in Ancient Japan (Columbia University, 2005).
Recent publications: Poesía clásica japonesa: Kokinwakashū, Madrid: Trotta, 2005; [link 1 | link 2] [A translation of one hundred poems and the kanajo.]
Oomikoutoka ni okeru sakuchuu; shutai no nimensei,” Joudai bungaku, Nov. 2003.
Present research: Working on a book manuscript on poetry and kingship in late seventh and early eighth century Japan.

Sarah A. Dvorak
I am an MA candidate in the East Asian Language and Civilizations Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, currently studying at the Japan Foundation Center in Kansai, Japan for two months. My area of concentration is classical Japanese Women's Literature, with particular interest in tanka and private poetry collections. My thesis will be a translation of Sei Shōnagon's private poetry collection.

Walter Edwards <edwards[at]>
Institution: Tenri University, Department of Japanese Studies
Field of Research: Ancient Japan, Japanese archaeology
Publications include: "Event and Process in the Founding of Japan: The Horserider Theory in Archeological Perspective." Journal of Japanese Studies 9 (1983):265-295 // "Buried Discourse: The Toro Archaeological Site and Japanese National Identity in the Early Postwar Period." Journal of Japanese Studies 17 (1991):1-23 // "In Pursuit of Himiko: Postwar Archaeology and the Location of Yamatai." Monumenta Nipponica 51 (1996):53-79// "Mirrors on Ancient Yamato and Its Relation to Yamatai: The Kurozuka Kofun Discovery." Monumenta Nipponica 54 (1999):75-110 // "Contested Access: The Imperial Tombs in the Postwar Period." Journal of Japanese Studies 26 (2000):371-392 // "Forging Tradition for a Holy War: The Hakkō ichiū Tower in Miyazaki and Japanese Wartime Ideology." Journal of Japanese Studies 29(2) (2003):289-324.
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Thomas Ekholm <thomas.ekholm[at]>
Ph.D. Student, Gothenburg University
I study the connection between cha-no-yu, the tea ceremony, and the missionaries in 16th, 17th century Japan. I focus on the tea master and general Oda Urakusai, a brother to Oda Nobunaga.

Richard Emmert <emmert[at]>
Noh Research Archives, Musashino Women's University, Tokyo.
* I am an American who has studied, taught and performed noh drama in Japan since 1973. I am a certified Kita school noh instructor, and have studied all aspects of noh performance with a special concentration in movement and music. I am a professor at Musashino Women's University in Tokyo where I teach about Asian theatre and music. In Tokyo, I also direct a semi-intensive, on-going Noh Training Project for English speakers. For the past six summers, I have lead an intensive three-week Noh Training Project in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania sponsored by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Over the years I have led extended noh projects at several universities in Australia, England, India, Hong Kong and the United States, most of which have been with Kita Noh actor Matsui Akira. I have also co-authored with Monica Bethe a series of noh performance guides which have been published by the National Noh Theatre in Tokyo.
* National Noh Theatre Performance Guide Series by Monica Bethe and Richard Emmert: series of 7, in-depth, guides to Noh plays : Matsukaze, Fujito, Miidera, Tenko, Atsumori, Ema, Aoinoue.

Jordi Escurriola <jesans[at]>
I am from Barcelona, Spain. I have recently translated the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu into the Catalan language, and I am presently revising a former translation of mine of some Classical Japanese Tales for children. A few years ago I made an adapation of Sarashina no Nikki for the stage, also into Catalan.

Charlotte Eubanks <de13[at]>
Charlotte Eubanks is an assistant professor of Comparative Literature and Japanese at The Pennsylvania State University where she teaches courses in world literature, Japanese language and literature, Buddhist writings, and literary theory. Her research interests include Buddhist sermon-related writings, premodern Japanese literature, contemporary women's fiction, folklore, performance studies, and theories of orality.  She is currently working on a book length study of setsuwa.
*"Rendering the Body Buddhist: Sermonizing in Medieval Japan." PhD dissertation, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2005. 354 pp. [UMI no. 311185]

Yayoi Uno Everett
Assistant Professor, Emory University. I am a music theorist who specializes in cross-cultural studies in contemporary art music, with a particular focus on Japanese composers, e.g., Toru Takemitsu, Joji Yuasa, Yoritsune Matsudaira, Makoto Shinohara, who integrate resources of gagaku with Western contemporary musical idioms. My publication on Takemitsu appears in Hugh DeFerranti and Yoko Narazaki, eds., A Way Alone: Music of Toru Takemitsu (Tokyo: Academia Press, 2000). I am currently editing and contributing to a book, entitled Interface with East Asia: Cross-cultural Syntheses in Postwar Art Music (Wesleyan UP, forthcoming).

Nicole Fabricand-Person
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. Princeton University, (June 2001) in Japanese Art and Archaeology) My field of research is early medieval Buddhist art. Publication: "Demonic Female Guardians of the Faith: The Fugen Jurasetsunyo Iconography in Japanese Buddhist Art" in Barbara Ruch, ed. Engendering Faith: Women and Buddhism in Premodern Japan (Michigan, 2002).

William Wayne Farris <wwf1[at]>
Institution: University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Field of Research: Social and Economic history of premodern Japan, especially up to 1600.
Publications: Japan's Medieval Population: Famine, Fertility, And Warfare in a Transformative Age (University of Hawaii Press, 2006); Sacred texts and buried treasures : issues in the historical archaeology of ancient Japan (University of Hawai'i Press, 1998); Ancient Japan's Korean connection (Duke University, 1995); Heavenly warriors: the evolution of Japan's military, 500-1300 (Harvard University, 1992); Population, disease, and land in early Japan, 645-900 (Harvard Yenching Institute,1985).

Bernard Faure

My recent work is more focused on medieval Japan (and Japanese Tantrism) than this bibliography shows. I have just finished a book on Japanese Buddhism and Women (The Power of Denial: Buddhism, Purity, and Gender), due from Princeton next February [2003]; and I am trying to finish another one (tentatively entitled Resilient Spirits: Gods and Demons in Premodern Japan).

Andrey Fesyun
Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow, specializing in Japanese Buddhism. Translations from Dogen's "Shōbō genzō", several works by Kūkai. I am interested in Japanese philosophy (Nishida Kitarō), and have also translated essays of Mishima Yukio. At present translating the first part of "Mahavairocana Sutra".

Karel Fiala
*Fukui Prefectural University. Field of research: Heian and Kamakura literature. Translated Heike monogatari into Czech. Now translating Genji monogatari. The first volume of this translation has now appeared.
*Publications: Pribeh Prince Gendziho. Vol. 1. Prague: Nakl. Paseka, 2002. 380 pp; Bledy mesic k ranu : milostna poezie stareho Japonska ["Pale Morning Moon (=Ariake no tsuki): Love Poetry of Old Japan] (Prague, 1994) // Pribeh rodu Taira [Heike monogatari] (Prague, 1993). More biblio on db2 page.

Norma Field
I am in the Dept. of East Asian Languages & Civilizations at the University of Chicago. I used to work on the Tale of Genji and poetry of that and somewhat later periods. I don't know if I will ever do research again in premodern literature, but I find myself interested in it and am teaching Genji for the first time in many years.
*The Splendor of Longing in the Tale of Genji (1987) is out of print at amazon but said to be available at B&N. Among recent publications (all pbk. editions): The Comfort Women : Colonialism, War, and Sex (1999, co-editor); From My Grandmother's Bedside: Sketches of Postwar Tokyo (1997); The Emptiness of Japanese Affluence (co-author, 1996); In the Realm of a Dying Emperor: Japan at Century's End (1993)
* The Splendor of Longing in the "Tale of the Genji" (Princeton University Press, 2006). Paperback reprint, originally published in 1987.

David Lee Fish <fish[at]>
Associate professor of music and Asian studies at St. Andrews College in North Carolina and director of St. Andrews College Japanese Festival Ensemble. Research area: kagura (performing arts of Shinto). Member of Wakayama Shachu kagura guild (Tokyo).

Patricia Fister
Associate Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
I am continuing to do research on women artists of the Edo period. I am particularly interested in Buddhist nuns who were involved in the creation of art (sacred and secular) and have been researching works in the collections of imperial convents in Kyoto and Nara.
* Japanese Women Artists, 1600-1900 (Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 1988);  パトリシア・フィスター著『近世の女性画家たち: 美術とジェンダー』 (思文閣出版, 1994) Webcat.

Philip Flavin
Ph.D., Music, University of California at Berkeley, 2002.
My primary interest is in Edo period music, particularly sōkyoku-jiuta. After finishing my undergraduate education, I attended the Seiha Ongakuin in Tokyo to pursue my interest in koto and shamisen. After completing my studies at the conservatory, I remained in Japan studying and performing koto and shamisen. After returning to the States in 1990, I entered the U.C. Berkeley Music Department's graduate program in 1992. My research thus far has focused on a specific genre within sōkyoku-jiuta known as sakumono - a specifically humorous genre. Other interests include the history of the Tōdōza and the position of the blind musicians in Edo period society, humor studies in Japan, and the print culture of the Chinese literati and the guqin. From 2003 to 2005, I was a visiting researcher at the Kyoto University of Fine Arts. During this time, I also began to explore Noh (utai and shimai) and Chikuzen biwa.

Peter Flueckiger
Assistant Professor of Asian Languages & Literature, Pomona College
Tokugawa literature.
* "Poetry, culture, and social harmony in eighteenth-century Japanese literary thought: The Sorai school and its critics (Ogyu Sorai, Dazai Shundai, Hattori Nankaku, Kamo no Mabuchi, Motoori Norinaga)." PhD, Columbia University, 2003. 351 pp. UMI 3088327.

Joshua Fogel 
affiliation = York University
all aspects of Sino-Japanese cultural interactions, modern Chinese and Japanese history, historiography.
Traditions of East Asian Travel (Berghahn Books, 2006)
Politics and Sinology: The Case of Naitou Konan (1866-1934) (Harvard, 1984)
Ai Ssu-ch'i's Contribution to the Development of Chinese Marxism (Harvard, 1987)
Nakae Ushikichi in China: The Mourning of Spirit (Harvard, 1989)
The Literature of Travel in the Japanese Rediscovery of China, 1962-1945 (Stanford, 1996)
lots of translations and edited volumes

Barbara Brennan Ford
Curator, Department of Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
*"Tragic Heroines of the Heike Monogatari and Their Representation in Japanese Screen Painting," Orientations (Feb., 1997), pp. 40-57; East Asian lacquer: the Florence and Herbert Irving collection, eds. James C.Y. Watt and Barbara Brennan Ford. Metropolitan Museum of Art/Abrams, 1991; Japanese art from the Gerry Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, eds. Barbara Brennan Ford, Oliver R. Impey. Metropolitan Museum of Art/Abrams, 1989; The Arts of Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987

James Ford <fordj[at]>
I teach East Asian Religions at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. My research focuses primarily on medieval Japanese Buddhism. I am presently completing a manuscript on Jōkei (1155-1213) of the Hossō school and issues related to the interpretation of "Kamakura" Buddhism. I have a particular interest in kōshiki liturgical texts and the importance of "place" in Japanese religiosity. I presently serve as Executive Secretary of the Society for the Study of Japanese Religions (
* Jokei and Buddhist Devotion in Early Medieval Japan (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Steve Forrest
I am teaching at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst while (after something of a hiatus) wrapping up my translation of Noin hoshi shū into a complete dissertation (Harvard). My active research interests are 1) waka and karon, especially mid- to late Heian, and 2) travel and landscape in literature, especially the [Toh]Oku region and Ezo. Genji monogatari has pulled me in too, though I sit on the fringe and merely contemplate manuscripts for calligraphic enlightenment.
* Forrest, Stephen Michael. "The model life of an eccentric poet: Noin Hoshi and 'Noin shu'." PhD, Harvard, 2005. 437 pp. UMI 3174097.

Michael Dylan Foster <michael.foster[at]>
PhD Stanford.
I am an Assistant Professor of Japanese in the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages at the University of California, Riverside. My research interests include both premodern and modern literature with a particular focus on folklore studies (minzokugaku) and folkloric "texts." Presently I am working on several projects that explore attempts to define, classify and interpret supernatural creatures (yōkai) and phenomena--in early encyclopedias, anthropological works, art, and literature.
* Morphologies of mystery: Yokai and discourses of the supernatural in Japan, 1666--1999. PhD Stanford, 2003. 356 pp.  UMI 3104220.

Amy Franks
Yale University

Sarah Fremerman
I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Religious Studies at Stanford University, specializing in medieval Japanese Buddhism, specifically the cult of Nyoirin Kannon as it developed in Japan.

Bjarke Frellesvig
University Lecturer in Japanese Linguistics, University of Oxford
Official Fellow in Oriental Studies, Hertford College
Main research interests: Japanese historical linguistics
* A case study in diachronic phonology: the Japanese Onbin sound changes. Aarhus, Denmark : Aarhus UP, 1995. - 168 p.
ISBN 87-7288-489-4

Karl Friday
Dept. of History, University of Georgia
Publications include: Hired Swords: the Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan (Stanford, 1992), Legacies of the Sword: the Kashima-Shinryu & Samurai Martial Culture (U. Hawaii, 1997), "Valorous Butchers: the Art of War during the Golden Age of the Samurai" (Japan Forum 5.1 [1993]), and "Pushing Beyond the Pale: the Yamato Conquest of the Emishi and Northern Japan" (Journal of Japanese Studies 23.1 [1997]); Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan (Routledge, 2003).

Harald Fuess <hfuess[at]>
German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo - DIJ Tokyo. My main research interest is in the history of Japanese society with special emphasis on family relations. I have completed a book manuscript on the history of divorce (1600-1940) and wrote several articles on fatherhood,i.e., "A Golden Age of Fatherhood? Parent-Child Relations in Japanese Historiography," Monumenta Nipponica 52, 3 (Fall 1997). Also, I edited a book entitled The Japanese Empire in East Asia and Its Postwar Legacy (Iudicium 1998). At the DIJ I organize a monthly study group on Japanese History throughout the ages, and all those interested are welcome to attend. The current schedule of presentations until the summer is posted on

Naomi Fukumori
* Assistant Professor, Ohio State University. Premodern Japanese literature and language.
Publications: Re-visioning History: The Diary-Type Passages in Sei Shonagon's Makura no soshi," Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese (1997)

Mark Funke
I am a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Sydney. My field of research is religion and politics of the Nara period. I have a particular interest in the influence of the Hachiman cult on the politics of this period.

Douglas S. Fuqua
I am a Ph.D candidate in Japanese History at the University of Hawaii. I am currently conducting research for my dissertation at the University of Tokyo's Historiographical Institute until March 31, 2002. My research topic is maritime exchange in East Asia during the time of the "kentōshi."

Daniel Gallimore <gallimore_daniel[at]>
Lecturer in English at Japan Women's University, Tokyo
My doctorate at Oxford was on Japanese translations of Shakespeare, and I am now researching the pioneer of Shakespeare translation in Japan, Tsubouchi Shōyō (1859-1935).

Amaury A. Garcia 
affiliation = Center for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de Mexico
I am a PhD Candidate from El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City.
My main interests are Edo period visual culture, mainly chonin culture's image production. Also, the various relationships between images and power structures, image control and censorship. I've been working with ukiyo-e prints and Edo period society, and currently I am finishing a research about the discourses and control on makura-e prints.
    "Cultura popular y grabado en Japón" (Popular culture and the prints in Japan). El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico, 2005.
    "Desentrando lo pornografico: las estampas makura-e" (Unscrambling the pornographic: the makura-e), in Anales. No. 79. Instituto de Investigaciones Esteticas, Mexico, 2001. etc.

David Gardener
Stanford Ph.D. in 1995. Currently in Religion Dept. at Colorado College. I work primarily in Nara and Heian Buddhist materials. I've published several pieces on, and continue to work on, the life and writings of Kūkai.

Aileen Gatten
Position: Researcher, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, U.S.A.
Publications: Translator, A History of Japanese Literature by Jin'ichi Konishi, 3 vols., 1984, 1986, 1991; "The Order of the Early Chapters in the Genji monogatari," HJAS 41, 1981; "Fact, Fiction, and Heian Literary Prose," MN 53, 1998; etc.
Interests: Heian prose fiction, Heian social history, textual criticism, paleography.

Suzanne Gay
Associate Professor, East Asian Studies, Oberlin College, Ohio
Area of research: late medieval (1350-1550) urban history.
Monograph: The Moneylenders of Late Medieval Kyoto (University of Hawaii Press, 2001)

Arunas Gelunas
Ph.D. student in Kaunas [Lithuania], dealing with the history of ideas. Have also studied suibokuga at the Tokyo Geidai, in theory and in practice.

Lisette Gebhardt <L.Gebhardt[at]>
Fields of research: Japanese literature in its relationship with thought and religion; history of thought; identity discourses in Japan and the shaping of the image of an 'indigenous' Japanese culture; Japanese intellectuals; New Age in Japan (for more information on this research project see: url)
* Publications: Christentum, Religion, Identität. Ein Thema der modernen japanischen Literatur, F.a.M.: Peter Lang, 1999; Japans Neue Spiritualität. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2001; "Report from a research on the 'intellectual ikai' of contemporary Japan", in: JAWS. Japan Anthropology Workshop Newsletter No.33, 2001; "The Other World in the Light of a New Science - Spiritism in Modern Japan", in: Linhart, Sepp und Susanne Formanek (Eds.): Popular Japanese Views of the Afterlife. Vienna: University of Vienna (forthcoming).

Adrian Gerber <Adrian.Gerber[at]>
University of Berne, Switzerland. Currently working in a non-academic field, teaching part-time University of Berne. Master (lic. phil.) in German and Swiss Pre-modern History, Sociology and Political Science in Berne. PhD at Chuo University, Tokyo (Prof. Minegishi Sumio), SOAS, London, and Berne (Prof. Peter Blickle). PhD: "Gemeinde und Stand. Eine Annäherung an die Geschichte der zentraljapanischen Ortschaft Oyamazaki im Mittelalter" (to be published end of 2002 at Lucius and Lucius) analyses the medieval history of the jinin of Oyamazaki by putting emphasis on the specific extra cultural position.
        My fields of interest are concepts of comparative social science ("double hermeneutics"), history of Japanese research, conceptual history (Begriffsgeschichte), as well as local history of modern Japan, community, local power, trade, etc.

Andrew Gerstle <ag4[at]>
I teach Japanese literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and am currently Director of the AHRB Centre for Asian and African Literatures. My research is focussed on Tokugawa-period drama and literature. I have recently published, Chikamatsu: Five Late Plays (Columbia UP, 2001). My current project is on Osaka Kabuki of the early nineteenth century. The focus is on the visual representation of actors and the actors relations with society.
* Three recent publications: 'Heroic Honor: Chikamatsu and the Samurai Ideal', HJAS, vol. 57, no. 2 (Dec. 1997); 'Gidayū botsugo no Chikamatsu' in volume eight of the ten-volume Iwanami Kōza: Kabuki, Bunraku, 'Chikamatsu no jidai (Iwanami Shoten, 1998); 'Takemoto Gidayū and the Individualistic Spirit of Osaka Theater', in Osaka, The Merchants' Capital of Early Modern Japan, ed, by J. McClain and Wakita Osamu (Cornell, 1999).
*18th Century Japan : Culture and Society (2000); Rediscovering Bashō by Stephen Henry Gill, Andrew Gerstle (1999); Circles of Fantasy: Convention in the Plays of Chikamatsu (pbk. reprint 1996)

Rolf Giebel <rwgiebel[at]>
My chief interest is in Tantric/Esoteric Buddhism (not necessarily confined to Japan), and I am currently engaged in translating several of Kūkai's works for the BDK Tripitaka. However, my work as a free-lance translator involves a considerable amount of work related to premodern Japan, and so I have a strong interest in all fields of premodern Japanese studies. Most recent publications: "A preliminary textual study of the Susiddhikara-sutra with Sanskrit reconstructions of fourteen verses" Tōhōgaku 99 (2000) [in Japanese]; Two Esoteric Sutras (BDK English Tripitaka 29-II, 30-II). Berkeley: Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, 2001.

Robin D. Gill <robingil[at]>
(Key Biscayne, Florida). I am an independent writer with seven books published in Japan/ese,* all of which have nothing to do with my current interest: understanding and sharing the wit of premodern Japanese poetry. My writing focuses on selected themes (kigo) in hokku/haiku, which I divide into meaningful sub-themes (As opposed to the phenomenological categories found in Shiki's Bunrui Haiku zenshū). Working through the layers of meaning and tracing the development of lines of metaphor, not to mention catching allusions and borrowing, take me back to the Man'yōshuū and over to senryū. To adapt a phrase from someone's haiku on neko-no-koi, my passion takes me vertically and horizontally everywhere. The first two translation-filled essays (books-to-be) of what should be dozens of spin-offs from a large work (kokuraisan=in praise of olde haiku) in progress, concern sea cucumber haiku and fly (hae/hae-uchi) haiku, or "fly-ku." The former took me back to the Kojiki, which has a setsuwa for the mouth of the namako. The latter includes a major discovery I made in book 24 of the Yanagidaru, a senryu Issa refit for his famous yare utsu na poem.
*Books include: Goyaku Tengoku (Hakusuisha), which explores some patterns of mistranslation caused by cultural stereotyping while pursuing the mistranslation of Peter Farb's Word Play, Han-Nihonjinron (Kousaku-sha), which challenges reductionist assumptions on the relationship of culture and nature in Japan and in the Occident (fudōron), and Eigo-wa Konna-ni Nippongo! (Chikuma-bunko), which deconstructs the antithetical stereotypes of the English=Japanese language. (Books most easily found through Worldcat: au "Robin Gill," lang "Japanese."). Recent publications available from
Rise, Ye Sea Slugs! (A collection of haiku on namako.) // Topsy-Turvy 1585, by Luis Frois, ed. Robin Gill. (ISBN 0-9742618-1-5) 740 pp; Topsy-Turvy 1585: The Short Version (Paraverse Press, 2005). 460 pp.

Hank Glassman
Assistant professor, Haverford College.
My principal interests are late medieval Japanese religious culture, gender history, otogizōshi, and the Jizō cult.
"The Tale of Mokuren: A Translation of Mokuren no soshi" in Buddhist Literature, vol. 1 (1999): 120-161. (translation) // "'Show Me the Place Where My Mother Is!': Chuujoohime and Pure Land Buddhism in Late Medieval Japan" in Richard Payne, ed., Shining Throughout the Six Realms: The Cult of Amitabha (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, forthcoming 2001); "The Nude Jizoo at Denkooji: Notes on Women's Salvation in Kamakura Buddhism" in Barbara Ruch, ed. Engendering Faith: Women and Buddhism in Pre-Modern Japan (Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, forthcoming 2000); Minamoto Junko, "Buddhism and the Historical Construction of Sexuality in Japan" in U.S.-Japan Women's Journal, no. 5 (1993): 87-115. (translation); "The Religious Construction of Motherhood in Medieval Japan" (PhD dissertation, Stanford University. PDF version online).

Carol Gluck <cg9[at]>
Columbia University. My main field of research is modern Japanese history, but the early modern (and to some extent, the medieval) period is central to my current work on historiography. I am also interested in comparisons with "early moderns" elsewhere, particularly in the fields of social and cultural history.
Japan's Modern Myths (Princeton, 1987).

Andrew Goble <goble[at]>
Head, Department of Religious Studies, Associate Professor of Japanese History, University of Oregon.
Current research: Illness, mortality, and medical concepts in medieval Japan, illness and treatment in the 16th century.
* Kenmu: Go-Daigo's revolution. Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1996. (Harvard East Asian monographs 169)

Brian Goldsmith
Ph.D. student at Stanford working on late medieval history.  My studies center on the institutional and economic history of Echigo in the Sengoku period.

Janet R. Goodwin
Research field: early and medieval Japanese history
I'm retired from the University of Aizu, but still teach now and then in the History Department at UCLA. In the past I've worked on Buddhist institutions, especially their social and economic aspects (see Alms and Vagabonds : Buddhist Temples and Popular Patronage in Medieval Japan, University of Hawaii Press, 1994). Currently I'm doing research on sexuality and deviance in medieval Japan. I'm also a co-editor of H-Japan.

Marco Gottardo
I am a PhD student in Chinese and Japanese Religions at Columbia University, specializing in Tokugawa period popular forms of religious practice. I am also very interested in the interaction of sciences (western and asian) and religions at the popular level, again mostly during the Tokugawa period.

Patricia Graham <pgraham[at]>
affiliation = University of Kansas
My research interests are mainly in Japanese art of the Early Modern period and later, especially literati and Maruyama-Shijo schools of painting, arts for the sencha tea ceremony, and Buddhist arts and sites of worship.
Selected Publications:

Ivan Grail
Graduate student, Harvard University
I am broadly interested in classical and medieval poetry and monogatari as well as translation. My more specific research interests include Heike monogatari reception and literary adaptations (especially parodies) through all periods as well as Heike poetry.

Bettina Gramlich-Oka
Wesleyan University/University of Tübingen
I am affiliated with University of Tübingen in Germany and am currently living in Huntington Beach, CA, working on my doctoral dissertation. I study Tokugawa history and my thesis will be a biography on Tadano Makuzu, her thoughts and her time, and the intellectual and political world seen through her eyes, with special interest in the network among the people she and her father (Kudo Heisuke) knew. My master's thesis was about cholera epidemics during Bakumatsu, and is therefore not really related to my new topic, yet I still deal with rangaku to some extent.
Publication: "Solitary Thoughts: A Translation of Tadano Makuzu's Hitori Kangae," trans. Janet R. Goodwin, Bettina Gramlich -Oka , Elizabeth A. Leicester, Yuki Terazawa, and Anne Walthall, [Part 1] Monumenta Nipponica 56:1 (2001), 21-38. [Part 2] Monumenta Nipponica 56:2 (2001), 173-79.

Maribeth Graybill
Senior Curator of Asian Art
University of Michigan Museum of Art.
Research field: Japanese painting, especially portraiture and narrative
Gender and power in the Japanese visual field , edited by Joshua S. Mostow, Norman Bryson, Maribeth Graybill (University of Hawaii Press, 2003).

Gabi Greve
Medical Doctor (1975)
Student of Buddhist Art at Heidelberg University (Germany)
Writing about Buddhist art (in German) see:
doing research about Bodhidaruma (Daruma San) see:
Resident in Japan since 1982

Caitilin Griffiths
I will be starting my PhD in Japanese History in September 2001 at the University of Toronto.

Claudia Grimm
I am a postgraduate student of Japanology in Cologne, Germany, and my fields of specialization within Japanology are literature, art and Buddhism. Right now I am doing research on the "Ten Oxherding Pictures" in Zen-Buddhism in Kyoto at the International Research Institute of Zen Studies (IRIZ for short, "Kokusai Zengaku Kenkyuujo") located within Hanazono University.

Gerald Groemer 
I am professor of Japanese Music History and Ethnomusicology at University of Yamanashi.  Currently my research focuses on blind female musicians (goze), street performers of Edo, and small-scale kabuki theater in Edo.

Niels Gülberg
Associate Professor, School of Law, Waseda University. I have worked on Heian "nikki bungaku" (German translation and study of the Tōnomine shōshō monogatari which is a mid-Heian guide for letter-writing for noble ladies, not a diary), on "wakan hikaku bungaku" (the influence of kanshi-poetry on waka) and on setsuwa bungaku (German trans. of the Kohon setsuwa shū). Recent interests are Buddhist literary texts in Japanese which were used in various rituals (hyoobyaku, ganmon, kyooke, wasan, and kooshiki), Japanese Buddhist apocryphes (gikyō) and the institutional history of temples and shrines. As a result of a three-years-research, I started an online- catalogue of manuscripts and early prints of kōshiki-texts, linked with a fulltext-database which solves the problem of pre-modern texts in a software-free way. The database can be found at:
* Buddhistische Zeremoniale (kōshiki) und ihre Bedeutung für die Literatur des japanischen Mittelalters. Münchener ostasiatische Studien, Band 76. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 1999. 318 pp. ISBN: 3-515-071474; Zur Typologie der Mittelälterlichen Japanischen Lehrdichtungen: Vorüberlegungen anhand des "Kohon Setsuwashū." Müchener Ostasiatische Studien, Band 28. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 1991. 186 pp. ISBN: 3-515-05856. [Author's dissertation from Munich, 1990. Contains annotated translation of two books of Kohon setsuwashu.]
*Niels Gülberg also goes by the internet-friendly name "Guelberg"

Mark Hal <markhall[at]>
I am an archaeological curator at the Niigata Prefectural Museum. In addition to helping with the exhibits and curation issues, I write the museum's English web pages (, and do research on the chemical composition of Japanese earthenware pottery (primarily Jomon and Medieval periods).
* New and forthcoming publications: "Pottery Styles during the Early Jomon Period: Geochemical Perspectives on the Moroiso and Ukishima Pottery Styles," Archaeometry, Vol. 43, 2001, pp. 59-75. (You can download a copy here) // "Classification Maximum-Likelihood Clustering: An Example using Compostional Data from Kasori E Pottery, Bulletin of the Niigata Prefectural Museum of History, Vol. 2, pp. 7-22; "Review of King Croesus' Gold: Excavations at Sardis and the History of Gold Refining," forthcoming in Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin. (Ah yes, there is some relevance, thanks to the Edo period gold mines on Sado Island) // "An ICP-MS Study of Jomon Pottery." Poster presentation at the 2001 18th Annual Meeting of the Nihon Bunkazai Kagakukai [Japanese Society for Scientific Studies on Cultural Property], June 24th-25th, 2001; (with Hideaki Kimura) "Quantitative EDXRF Studies of Obsidian in Northern Hokkaido," forthcoming in the Journal of Archaeological Science; (with Ushio Maeda and Mark Hudson) "Pottery Production on Rishiri Island: Perspectives from X-Ray Fluorescence Studies," forthcoming in Archaeometry; (Habu, Junko and Mark E. Hall) "EDXRF Analyses of Jomon Pottery from Honmura-cho and Isarago Sites," Anthropological Science, Vol. 109, pp. 141-166.

Sakurako Handa <shanda[at]>
I am a fifth-year graduate student in the East Asian Studies Dept. at Princeton University, focusing on Early Modern Japanese History. I am working with Prof. David Howell on a dissertation concerning urban society and urban life in 19th Century Osaka. While doing my research in Osaka, I was affiliated with Osaka City University and Prof. Tsukada Takashi's kinsei-shi graduate seminar. The materials for my research range from documents generated at the level of urban neighborhoods (such as the population registers and mizuchō) to kabu-nakama documents, municipal decrees, diaries, leaflets, travelogues. While my work is still in process, I am envisioning a complex portrait of pre-Restoration Osaka, from the perspective of urban commoners and the different levels at which they related to urban life... the neighborhood, social relatinships and networks generated by commerce, vis à vis the city magistrate, and the 'idea' of the city of Osaka generated in the sphere of shared information, knowledge, and culture.

Thomas Hare
Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Specialization: Japanese literature through the fifteenth century, with special emphasis on rhetoric and stylistics, Buddhism in Japanese culture, dramatic literature and dramaturgy, and the music of Noh drama. Cultural studies of ancient Egypt.
*Hare, Thomas, Robert Borgen, and Sharalyn Orbaugh, eds. The Distant Isle: Studies and Translations of Japanese Literature in Honor of Robert H. Brower . Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan, 1996; Zeami's Style: The Noh Plays of Zeami Motokiyo . Stanford: Stanford UP, 1986. [pbk reissue 1996] // more biblio at Stanford URL

Thomas Harper
Former (now retired) Lecturer in Japanese, University of Leiden
Principal Interests: Genji monogatari and its reception; Akoo Vendetta
Secondary Interests: Classical grammar; military history; Pacific War
Current Project: A narrative of the Akō vendetta
On the back burner: The Genji Apocrypha; a classical grammar.

Phillip Tudor Harries
The Queen's College and the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford University.
* The Poetic Memoirs of Lady Daibu [Kenreimon'in ukyo no daibu shu] (Stanford, 1980).

Norman Havens
Department of Shinto Studies and Institute for Japanese Culture & Classics at Kokugakuin University. My area of interest is the Ise cult and early modern popular religion; I've been doing a series of translations for Kokugakuin in recent years, including work on the Shintō jiten.

Graham H Healey
I am Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies and Academic Director of Distance Learning at the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield. I have taught courses on the Evolution of the Japanese Language and on Classical Japanese Literature from time to time over the last twenty-odd years. I am currently teaching a module on Postwar Japanese Cinema on the MA in International Cinema run by the University's Department of English Literature, and am developing an interest in Nō, Kabuki and Bunraku in Japanese film. Most recent publication: The Iwakura Embassy, 1871-73. Five Volumes. The Japan Documents, Tokyo, 2002. Co-editor-in-chief, translator of Vol 2, co-translator of Vol 5.

Amy Heinrich
Director of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University, and trained in modern Japanese literature, especially tanka, but moving back into medieval waka.

Gustav Heldt <heldt[at]>
University of Virginia
Areas of interest include early and medieval Japanese literature, cultural history, and gender studies.
Publications: "Saigyō's Traveling Tale," Monumenta Nipponica 52:4 (Winter 1997). *JSTOR // "Fujiwara no Shunzei," entry in Steven Carter, ed., Medieval Japanese Writers , Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 203 (Brucolli, Clark, Layman: 1999); Numerous translations of noh plays for the National Noh Theatre in Japan, academic articles on medieval Japanese poetics, gender and Japanese history; Contributing to Haruo Shirane, ed., Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, beginnings to 1600.

Peter Hendriks <Peter.Hendriks[at]>
Australian National University, Canberra.
historical Japanese linguistics, history of Japanese dialects

Valerie Henitiuk
I am a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta (Canada), currently on a research fellowship at Kokugakuin Daigaku in Tokyo. My dissertation project deals with boundary images (both real and metaphorical) in women's writing, with a focus on Heian literature. My work has been published in META, the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, and elsewhere.
* "Translating Woman: Reading the Female through the Male." [On translations of Kagerō nikki, pdf file of 1999 journal article.]

Jason Herlands <herlands[at]>
I am currently in the PhD program at the University of Michigan, working out a dissertation topic on transgression and perversion that crosses the (artificial) modern-premodern divide. I am interested in the politics of gender transgression and literary representations of such in the Genji, Heike, and Torikaebaya monogatari (among others), and am considering contemporary authors' uses of transgression--a la sex-drugs-&-rock-n-roll, for example--in their works.

Christian M. Hermansen <Christian_Hermansen[at]>
Researcher at the NCC (National Christian Council of Japan) Center for the Study of Japanese Religions. Co-editor of the center's journal Japanese Religions. I have completed my Ph.D. in Japanese history with a dissertation on hinin in early modern Osaka which was accepted by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. I am interested in the social and political history of Japan and the relation with religion and religious practices, not only in the premodern but certainly also in the modern era.
* "The Hinin Associations in Osaka, 1600-1868." Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies 15 (2001). [abstract]
* "On the Translation of God," English translation of "Kami no honyaku kō" by Suzuki Norihisa (part one) in Japanese Religions vol. 26 no. 2 (July 2001).
* "Rashōmon - Daemonernes Port," Danish translation of Kurosawa Akira's manuscript for "Rashōmon" in Asiatiske skrifter no. 8.

Barrett J. Heusch
Graduate student at UC-Berkeley.

Robert Hewitt <rsh2109[at]>
First year PhD Candidate of the Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, East Asian Languages and Cultures, whose primary interest in in Edo Period literature and Subculture.

William J. Higginson <wordfield[at]>
I've been translating (mostly haiku), writing (poems of many kinds), and writing popular works about haiku for 35+ years. The Haiku Handbook continues to sell. Recent works include the pair The Haiku Seasons (a "monograph" on nature in trad. J. poetry) and Haiku World (1000+ haiku from 600+ poets in 50 countries, arranged as a saijiki). Also co-translated with Tadashi Kondo two modest contemporary haiku collections. Currently working on a project for the Japanese Text Initiative at the University of Virginia. Co-author, with Kris Young Kondo, of a translation of Yamamoto Kenkichi's "500 Essential Japanese Season Words." <URL>.
Further bio and selected publications:

Masaki Hirano
Assistant Director, Japan Foundation New York Office. Please visit for more information on the Japan Foundation's programs.

Dennis Hirota <dhirota[at]>
Professor, Department of Shin Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University
Research interests in Buddhist thought and Japanese arts and aesthetics (chiefly nō, renga, and chanoyu), Japanese Pure Land Buddhist traditions. Publications include Wind in the Pines: Classic Writings of the Way of Tea as a Buddhist Path (Asian Humanities Press, 1995); No Abode: The Record of Ippen (rev. ed. University of Hawaii Press, 1997); Tannishō: A Primer (Kyoto: Ryūkoku University, 1982); Shinran: An Introduction to His Thought (with Yoshifumi Ueda; Kyoto: Hongwanji International Center, 1989); Plain Words on the Pure Land Way: Sayings of the Wandering Monks of Medieval Japan (Ichigon hōdan; Kyoto: Ryūkoku University, 1989); The Collected Works of Shinran (head translator; Kyoto: Jōdoshinshū Hongwanji-ha, 1997); Toward a Contemporary Understanding of Pure Land Buddhism (editor; SUNY Press, 2000). In Japanese: Shinran: Shukyō gengo no kakumeisha (Hōzōkan, 1998).

Scot Hislop <lbcsah[at]>
Visiting Fellow, Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore.
Field: Japanese poetics and literary theories, premodern Japanese history, focusing on Edo period. 
* "In defense of skinny frogs: The poetry and poetics of Kobayashi Issa," PhD, Cornell University, 2002. [UMI]

Nathan Hopson <naynay[at]>
Recently completed my MA at Sheffield University. Research interests include all things Hiraizumi.

H. Mack Horton <hmhorton[at]>
Professor of Classical Japanese literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley. B.A. Williams College, 1974; M.A. Harvard University, 1981; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1989. My interests include Japanese poetry (particularly linked verse and Man'yōshū), diary literature, oral-performative arts, translation theory and practice, and premodern Japanese architecture. My publications include The Journal of Sōchō (Stanford, 2002), its companion volume, Song in an Age of Discord: The Journal of Sōchō and Poetic Life in Late Medieval Japan (Stanford, 2002), and Traversing the Frontier: The Silla Envoy Poems in Man'yōshū (forthcoming from Harvard). My translation-adaptations include Naito Akira's Edo: The City that Became Tokyo (Kōdansha, 2003) Nishi Kazuo's What is Japanese Architecture? (Kōdansha, 1985), and Hashimoto Fumio's Architecture in the Shōin Style (Kōdansha, 1981) I am currently at work on a book of essays on linked verse and on an annotated translation of Man'yōshū.

Thomas Howell
Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania, on the practices of reading, writing, and compiling in early and medieval Japan, with a focus on setsuwa and the Konjaku monogatari shū. Interested in textual and oral authority, authors and anonymity. Currently working on the Hōbutsushū.

Yumiko Hulvey
Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, African & Asian Languages & Literatures, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
Fields of research: Heian and Kamakura prose and poetry, specializing in Chūsei Joryū nikki bungaku; translating and tracing intertextual allusions to the classical literary canon in narratives by Enchi Fumiko (1905-86); examining sources for the origin of negative female images such as the yamauba with feminist re-interpretations of the Japanese creation myth, etc.
Education: 1989 Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Oriental Languages Dept: Diss. "The Nocturnal Muse: A Study and Translation of Ben no Naishi Nikki, a Thirteenth-Century Poetic Memoir."
Publications: Translations of three narratives by Enchi Fumiko in Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing , University of Hawai'i 1994, 1997, and 1998; Four entries in Japanese Women Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook , ed. Chieko Irie Mulhern, 1994; "The Intertextual Fabric of Narratives by Enchi Fumiko" in Japan in Traditional and Postmodern Perspectives, ed. Charles Wei-Hsun Fu and Steven Heine, 1995; "Ben no Naishi" in Medieval Japanese Writers , ed. by Steven D. Carter for Dictionary of Literary Biography series, 1999.
*Sacred Rites in Midnight: Ben no Naishi Nikki. Cornell East Asia Series. 2005.

G. Cameron Hurst III
Professor of Japanese and Korean History at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of its Center for East Asian Studies.
* Publications: Insei: Abdicated Sovereigns in the Politics of Late Heian Japan, 1086-1185 (Columbia UP, 1976). Armed Martial Arts of Japan: Swordmanship and Archery (Yale UP). Co-translator of Fukuzawa Yukichi's Outline of a Theory of Civilization, and co-author with Stephen Aldiss of Samurai Painters.
* Chapters contributed to: Cambridge History of Japan, Medieval Japan: Essays in Institutional History, Court and Bakufu in Japan: Essays in Kamakura History, and The Fourteenth Century: Origins of Japan's Medieval World.

Janet Ikeda
Associate professor, Dept.of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Washington and Lee University, Virginia. My interests are in waka studies and its relation to warrior culture in the sixteenth century. I did my doctoral dissertation at Princeton Univ. on the poet-warrior Hosokawa Yūsai.

Leo Alexander Imai
The Queen's College, University of Oxford
I am currently writing a D.Phil thesis entitled "The Poetics of Ki no Tsurayuki from a Comparative Perspective". I hope it will contribute to informing the teaching of karon in Japanese Studies programmes in the West.

Megumi Inoue
The School of Asian Studies, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
"Oshichi, the greengrocer's daughter: A cultural history of sewamono, 1686--1821." Ph.D., University of Washington, 2004. 302 pp. 

Chris Isherwood
Mombusho scholar studying modern Japanese Lit under Prof Komori at Tokyo University.

Itasaka Noriko 板坂則子 <itasaka[at]>
Senshu University
I specialize in Japanese kinsei literature, the literature and culture of the Edo Era, in particular gesaku writing, focussing on Kyokutei Bakin--the author of Hakkenden & Yumiharizuki. I am interested in how Edo literature and culture are related to foreign literatures and cultures, and in what ways they are unique.

Gergana Ivanova
University of Toronto
MA in Japanese Linguistics, MA in International Studies
Currently a MA student in Japanese Premodern Literature
My main interest is Makura no Sōshi. I am working on its four textual traditions.

Nobumi Iyanaga 彌永信美 <n-iyanag[at]>
I am an independent researcher in Buddhist studies. My major area of interest is Buddhist mythology from India to Japan, focusing on medieval Japanese Buddhism and culture. I did also some work on the history of the image of Orient in Occidental world from ancient times up to the Sixteenth century and published a book (in Japanese) on this issue.
Some of my publications:
Daakinii et l'Empereur. Mystique bouddhique de la royaute dans le Japon medieval, VS [Versus], no. 83/84 -- Quaderni di studi semiotici, maggio-dicembre 1999 --, special issue with the title "Reconfiguring Cultural Semiotics: The Construction of Japanese", edited by Fabio Rambelli and Patricia Violi, p. 41-111 (web version) // Le Roi Maara du Sixieme Ciel et le mythe medieval de la creation du Japon, Cahiers d'Extreme-Asie, IX, 1996-1997, Memorial Anna Seidel. Religions traditionnelle d'Asie orientale, II, (Kyoto) p. 323-396; Daikokuten (Mahaakaala), Hobogirin, VII, Paris, Tokyo, 1994, p. 839-920; Daijizaiten (Mahe"svara) Hobogirin, VI, Paris, Tokyo, 1983, p. 713-765. Gensoo no tooyoo (Imaginary Orient), Tokyo, Seido-sha, 1987 [reissued 1996]; Daikokuten hensoo -- Bukkyoo shinwa-gaku, 1 (Variations on the Theme of Mahaakaala. Essays on Buddhist Mythology, I), Kyoto, Hoozookan, 2002; Kannon hen'yoo-tan -- Bukkyoo shinwa-gaku, 2 (Metamorphosis of Avalokite"svara. Essays on Buddhist Mythology, 2), Kyoto, Hoozookan, 2002. [Japanese title in notes] For these two volumes, there is a special web site here.
I have a web page at: where you will find more complete bibliography and a link page.

Terrence Weyl Jackson
I am affiliated with Indiana University and am currently at Tokyo University working on my doctoral dissertation. I study Tokugawa Japan and my thesis is relate to the social politics and ties within the intellectual world during that period. I am particularly interested in rangakusha and the history of science in Japan.

Sandra Jacobs <kitsune[at]>
Santa Barbara, California. My primary areas of interest are Heian culture and gender studies, Japanese folklore and mythology, and Japanese art.

Michael Jamentz
A former gakusha no tamago, now just a rotten egghead, I reside in Kyoto. As a lapsed academic, I continue to work on a dissertation that I currently liken to Zeno's arrow, increasingly finely calibrated and never reaching the mark. The focus of my dissertation is the cultural legacy of poet, historian, and painter? Fujiwara Michinori, Shinzei, and his descendants in the 12th - 13th centuries. Shinzei, the de-facto ruler in the mid-12 century, came from a family of lower-ranking nobles who were also Confucian scholars and bureaucrats associated with the Insei regimes of the period. Members of the Shinzei ichimon were waka and kanshi poets, and creators and defenders of monogatari. They have been associated with the production of the Heike monogatari, various emaki and ornamental sutras, and the sculpture of the Kei-ha. They also occupied the abbacies of Daigoji, Tōdaiji, Tōji, Kōfukuji, Kōryuuji, Seiryōji, Hōryūji, Kizomizudera, and Ishiyamadera, Regeō-in, etc. and led several important Buddhist schools. (Perhaps you can imagine some of the problems of the dissertation. If it happened in the 12-13th century, this family was involved.) I spend my days teaching, translating and attempting to document the extent of Shinzei ichimon's influence, including their intimacy with the imperial house (particularly the Nyoin), their creation of various literary genres of shoudou, Buddhist preaching, (particularly the work of Chōken of Agui), their association with the image of Fugen bosatsu and the Jūrasetsunyo (often related to their preaching). I am happy to report this work is now just about to be completed in my next lifetime.

Jinno, Hidenori
Lecturer at the School of Letters, Waseda University
My main research area is monogatari bungaku of the Heian Period. Up till now I have done the research on mainly the style, narrator, narrative voice and the "writing" of The Tale of Genji. Now I am interested in problems concerned with readership and reception of monogatari, and the development of medieval commentaries on Genji monogatari.

Jacques Joly <jolyjacq[at]>
Professor, Eichi University, Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan.
My main interest is in the History of Thought in Japan. My Ph. D. (Doctorat de Lettres in Far Eastern Studies) at the University of Paris 7 in 1991 analysed the idea of shizen in the thought of Andō Shōeki 安藤昌益] a mid-Tokugawa Confucianist thinker. This study was later expanded in order to include a more precise survey of the 18th Century Confucian discourse in Japan, especially that of Ogyu Sorai. I also started to study the Japanese history of thought from the Meiji era up to contemporary issues, as well as some of their ideological avatars (such as constitution of Toyoshi - Japanese type orientalism), a move which required me to investigate more intensively the Japanese history--and more precisely the political history --of the 19th and 20th centuries. In this regard, I devoted myself to translating (in French) the main works of Masao Maruyama (1914-1996) such as: Nihon seiji shisōshi kenkyū, under the French title of Essais sur l'histoire de la pensee politique au Japon (Vol I : 1996). Currently, I am supervising a project of translating Selected Works of Masao Maruyama.
Le Naturel selon Ando Shoeki: Un type de discours sur la nature et la spontaneite par un maitre-confuceen de l'epoque Tokugawa: Ando Shoeki (1703 -1762). Vol 1, Paris: College de France, Maisonneuve et Larose, 1996. 550 pp.

Robert A. Juhl <AD552[at]>
I have a Ph.D. in Chinese and a number of publications on historicalChinese phonology, which I wrote in the 1970s. Since the 1980s, I have been a professional translator and writer in Japan (a partial list of my publications, academic and other, is here).  However, I am gradually withdrawing from business and returning to research. Recently I have been working on a study of the spectacular aerial and terrestrial phenomena that took place at Enoshima in AD 552, according to the Enoshima Engi. My current project is a geomythological search for similar phenomena recorded in myths and folktales of Japan and southern China. I welcome e-mail from anyone interested in geomythology.

Reiko Kamei
First year PhD student in Asian Studies at UBC

Edward Kamens <edward.kamens[at]>
Professor, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University, New Haven CT.
My research is on premodern poetry and prose (various periods and genres).
*Utamakura, Allusion, and Intertextuality in Traditional Japanese Poetry (1997)
Approaches to Teaching Murasaki Shikibu's the Tale of Genji (pbk., 1994)
The Buddhist Poetry of the Great Kamo Priestess: Daisaiin Senshi and Hosshin Wakashū (1990)
The Three Jewels : A Study and Translation of Minamoto Tamenori's Sanbōe (1988)

Patti Kameya <pkameya[at]>
 Assistant Professor, Department of History, Kent State University. My dissertation focused on the intersection between ideas of virtue and eccentricity as portrayed in Kinsei kijinden (Eccentrics of our times, 1790) by Ban Kokei.  Additional and tangential interests include Okinawa, gender, early modern cultural exchange, and folklore studies.

Janice S. Kanemitsu<jskanemitsu[at]>
I am a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley. My research interests are reading and writing by women in the Edo period.

Beth Katzoff
I am an Assistant Librarian and Head of Public Services for Asia Collections at Kroch Asia Library, Cornell University. I have a PhD in modern Japanese history from Columbia University, but would like to be included in the pmjs list so that I can see what sorts of needs premodernists have when it comes to using their libraries.

Kanechiku Nobuyuki <knck[at]> 兼築信行
Faculty of Letters, Waseda University.
My research is on medieval waka, and Fujiwara Teika, in particular.

Kawazoe Fusae 河添 房江
Professor, Tokyo Gakugei University 東京学芸大学 教育学部 教授
Research area 研究テーマ
Genji monogatari, Heian literature generally, study of Heian literature and culture, study of sexual differences in Heian literature
源氏物語を中心とした平安文学 平安文学と文化学の研究 平安文学における性差の研究
Main publications 主要著書
A History of Rhetoric in Genji monogatari (Kanrin Shobo, 1998)
『源氏物語表現史ー喩と王権の位相ー』 翰林書房、1998
Gender and Culture in Genji monogatari - The Birth of Women's Writing (Chikuma Shobo, 1998)
『性と文化の源氏物語ー書く女の誕生ー』 筑摩書房 1998
Co-editor with Mitamura Masako and Matsui Kenji of journal "Genji Kenkyu" (vols. 1-10), published by Kanrin Shobo, 1996-2005
源氏研究 1〜10、 三田村雅子・河添房江・松井健児 共編 翰林書房 1996〜2005
home page:
publications [url]

Marc Peter Keane <info[at]>
I am presently a visiting scholar in the East Asian program at Cornell University but am "normally" a garden designer and writer. I lived in Kyoto for 18 years, returning to the US in 2002 to teach at Cornell where I built an experimental teahouse and garden with students ( I am presently doing research for a book on the beginnings of the Japanese tea garden.
Publications: Japanese Garden Design (1996); Sakuteiki (2001); The Art of Setting Stones (2002)

Adam L. Kern <adamkern[at]>
Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, Harvard University
My work focuses on the popular literature and visual culture of early modern Edo. Having recently completed a study (with annotated translations) on the kibyoshi entitled Manga from the Floating World, I have two projects on the boiler: a monograph, emanating from my dissertation, on the professionalization of authorship in the gesaku of  Santō Kyōden; and a more general book on the popular culture of Edo-period Japan. My courses include a large introductory lecture course entitled "Japan Pop from Basho to Banana," a course called "Japanese Literature 123: Manga," and graduate seminars on various topics and texts in their original Edo-period kuzushiji form.
*Manga from the Floating World: Comicbook Culture and the Kibyoshi of Edo Japan (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2006).
*Blowing Smoke: Tobacco Pipes, Literary Squibs, and Authorial Puffery in the pictorial comic fiction (Kibyoshi) of Santō Kyōden (Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, 1997). 542 pp. [ [UMI]
*New Directions in the Study of Meiji Japan , ed. Helen Hardacre with Adam L. Kern (Brill, 1997).
*New Directions in the Study of Meiji Japan , ed. Helen Hardacre with Adam L. Kern (Brill, 1997).

Timothy D. Kern <timkern[at]>
Associate Professor, in the Office of Research Exchange at Nichibunken. My professional responsibilities are to find out what is going on in Japanese studies and coordinate research with institutions and scholars, in and outside Japan. I received my MA from the Univ. of Osaka, in Comparative Culture and my thesis was on Kyogen. Interests range from setsuwa, monogatari, folklore, anthropology and popular culture. Pertaining to pre-modern Japan, I am presently looking into the function and meaning of the 'road' in narratives.

Robert Omar Khan
Visiting Lecturer in Premodern Japanese at the University of Texas at Austin. My research interests focus on the monogatari written in the style of the Tale of Genji, especially those of the 12th and 13th centuries. I wrote a study and translation of the late 12th century monogatari Ariake no Wakare as my dissertation at the University of British Columbia (1998. I also have a strong comparative interest in medieval European courtly narrative, deriving from an earlier incarnation as a romance phililogist a decade or more go. One of my current research projects is a comparative study of the similar cluster of themes and narrative structures found in Ariake no Wakare and Le Roman de Silence (Old French, 13th century).
*Portions of the Ariake no Wakare translation can be found in Stephen Miller, ed., Partings at Dawn (1996); Dissertation abstract online // url at University of Texas

Kikuchi Shin'ichi <kikuchi[at]>
Professor of Konan Women's University, Kobe
Field: Japanese literature, early modern (Edo/Tokugawa) - modern (Meiji) ,
kanazoshi, buhenbanashi, koudan, dodoitsu, historical novels [*Japanese notes*]

Cornelius J. Kiley <ckiley1[at]>
affiliation = Villanova University, retired
born 10/24/29
PhD Harvard University 70
contributor, v. 2, Cambridge History of Japan
author of several monographs on ancient and medieval Japan

Soo Kim <sooki[at]>
I am a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley studying Japanese art history.

Keller Kimbrough
I am an assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Bolder. I completed my Ph.D. at Yale University in 1999. My dissertation is titled "Imaging Izumi Shikibu: Representations of a Heian Woman Poet in Medieval Japan" [Dissertation abstract online]. I am most interested in the Buddhist literature of medieval Japan, including setsuwa, otogizoshi, and illustrated temple and shrine histories, and I am currently revising my dissertation for publication as "Izumi Shikibu and the Literature of Medieval Japan." I have an article (titled "Voices from the Feminine Margin: Izumi Shikibu and the Nuns of Kumano and Seiganji") coming out in vol. 12:1 #23 of Women and Performance, and I am now finishing up the revisions for a second article, tentatively titled, "Forging Identity: Sei Shonagon and the Matsushima Diary."
*The PhD thesis contains translations of four otogizoshi: "Koshikibu," "Koshikibu (beppon)," "Izumi Shikibu," and "Kotohara."

Ayako Kinoshita
Ph.D Candidate at Meiji University. Heian Literature
I am studying the relation between "The Tale of Genji" to its notes in medieval kanbun writings and thought in the era of Saga and Uda. I am also participating in the project of "Genjimonogatari Kochusyaku Database" (the Database of the old commentaries of "The Tale of Genji") at The National Institute of Japanese Literature.

Lorinda Kiyama <kiyama[at]>
Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University. Fulbright Fellow, Nagoya University
M.A. (Stanford, 1998) was on Taira Yasuyori's Hobutsushu (A Collection of Treasures).
Research on shodo bungaku (performative preaching), late Heian through Muromachi periods.
Publication: translation of Saigyo's "Jigokue o mite" in the Fires edition of Two Lines: "On Seeing a Painting of Hell," Two Lines: A Journal of Translation (1999): 119-133.

Susan Blakeley Klein
Associate Professor, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of California, Irvine
Publications: Allegories of Desire: The Esoteric Literary Commentaries of Medieval Japan (Harvard UP, forthcoming 2000); Ankoku Butoo: The Premodern and Postmodern Influences on the Dance of Utter Darkness (1989); "Woman as Serpent: The Demonic Feminine in the Noh Play Dojoji" in Religious Reflections on the Human Body, edited by Jane Marie Law (Indiana UP, 1994); Translation of Kakitsubata, published in 12 Plays of the Noh and Kyogen Theaters , edited by Karen Brazell (1989)
*further details on webpage at Univ. of California, Irving.

Keith Knapp <Keith.Knapp[at]>
History Department. The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. My field of research is the social and cultural history of early medieval China. Although all my research has been on China, I'm keenly interested in premodern Japanese history, particularly the Kofun and Heian periods as well as setsuwa literature. At some point, I hope to write something about the history of Chinese filial piety stories in Japan.

Komoda Haruko
*Heikyoku specialist. Recent publications include:
"Kyoto daigaku-zou "Heikyoku mabushi" ni tsuite," Toyo ongaku kenkyu no 55 (1990.8), // "Heikyoku no kyokusetsu to ongaku kouzou," Heike biwa - katari to ongaku, Hitsuji shobou, 1993; "Heikyoku (Nagoya no dentou)," Anata ga yomu Heike monogatari 5 Dentou to keitai, pp. 57-72, Yuseido, 1994; "Nagoya heikyoku no ryuuha wo megutte," Toyo ongaku kenkyu no. 62 (1997.8), pp. 1-20. [*Japanese titles*]

Kondo Miyuki <mkondo[at]>
Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, Division of Japanese Culture Studies, Faculty of Letters, Chiba University, Chiba
Field : premodern poetry and prose
Publication: Iwanami Kouza Nihonbungakushi 2, ed. Kubota Jun et al., Iwanami Shoten, 1996 // Home Page:
[*Japanese notes*]

Kondo Yasuhiro <yhkondo[at]>
Professor of Japanese Linguistics, Dept. of Japanese Literature, College of Literature, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo
Field: Japanese grammar
Publication: Nihongo Kijutsu Bunpo no Riron (A Theory of the Descriptive Grammar of Japanese), Hituzi Syobo Publishing, Tokyo, 2000. ISBN4-89476-122-X)
Home Page:
[*Japanese notes*]

Peter Kornicki <pk104[at]>
Professor of Japanese history and bibliography. Faculty of Oriental Studies, Cambridge University. In 1998 I published The book in Japan: from the beginnings to the nineteenth century (Leiden, Brill) and am now working on (1) Tokugawa medicine and medical publishing, and (2) the Hyakumanto dharani, especially the connections with queenship in the Nara period and the political uses of print and Buddhism.
*Religion in Japan : Arrows to Heaven and Earth (1996, co-editor with I.J.McMullen); Meiji Japan : Political, Economic and Social History, 1868-1912 , 4 vols. (editor, 1998); Early Japanese Books in Cambridge University Library : A Catalogue of the Aston, Satow and Von Siebold Collections (co-editor with N. Hayashi,1991); The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan (co-editor with R.J.Bowring, 1993)

Frederic Kotas
Japanese Bibliographer, Wason Collection on East Asia, Cornell University My dissertation (University of Washington) was on the several Heian ojoden. I am interested in setsuwa literature, the relationship between Buddhism and the arts, hell and paradise in Japanese literature.

Chiaki Kotori
Boston College. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education.
I am also seeking some information on Japanese modern history.

Tzvetana Kristeva
Department of Culture Resources, University of Tokyo
* Tsubetana Kurisutewa. Namida no shigaku: ōchō bunka no shiteki gengo . Nagoya daigaku shuppankai, 2001. 475 pp; Namida no katari: Heian-cho bungaku no tokushitsu. [Narrating tears : discourse in Heian literature ] (Kokusai nihon bunka senta, 1995), 24p . In Japanese; Po sledite na chetkata: iaponskata liricheska proza X-XIV vek (Sophia, Bulgaria, 1994, 1993) 313 p; "A sleeve is not just a sleeve (in Early Japanese Culture)," Semiotica, vol. 93, 1993 (3/4), Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 297-314.

Kubota Komei <kubota[at]>
Professor of Kanda University of International Studies.
My specialty is ethics, history of Japanese ethical thought.
Publication: Ooken to ren'ai [Kingship and Love], Pelikan-sha,1993. In Japanese.

Lisa Kuly
I am a PhD candidate at Cornell University. My research focuses on rituals of childbirth in Japan. From June 2006 to June 2007 I am a visiting researcher at Bukkyo University, Kyoto.

Lynne Kutsukake
Japanese studies librarian at the University of Toronto Library

Christina Laffin <christina.laffin[at]>
Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Department of Asian Studies [url].
Currently researching Japanese medieval travel diaries by women and the conditions surrounding their production. Interested in medieval poetic practices, women's history, and theories of travel, gender, and autobiography.
* The Noh Ominameshi: A Flower Viewed from Many Directions, ed. Mae Smethurst and Christina Laffin (Cornell Univ East Asia Program, 2003). 362 pp.
* "Women, Travel, and Cultural Production in Japan: A Socio-Literary Analysis of Izayoi nikki and Towazugatari." PhD dissertation, Columbia University, 2005.

Robert André LaFleur <lafleur[at]>
I am an associate professor of East Asian history and anthropology at Beloit College in Wisconsin, and will be at Waseda University for the 2002-2003 academic year.

Jeroen Lamers
Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, currently Industrial Counsellor to the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Seoul. My academic interests primarily lie with the Azuchi-Momoyama period, the Three Unifiers and especially Oda Nobunaga, and the early European sources regarding Japan, in particular the Jesuit studies of the Japanese language. Published works include a political biography of Oda Nobunaga (Japonius Tyrannus: The Japanese Warlord Oda Nobunaga Reconsidered, Hotei Publishing, 2000), and a partial translation of Joao Rodriguez's Great Grammar (Treatise on Epistolary Style: Joao Rodriguez on the Noble Art of Writing Japanese Letters, Michigan University, Center for Japanese Studies, 2002). Currently I am working with Jurgis Elisonas (the former George Elison) on a English translation of the Shinchō-Kō ki ("Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga"), the first and most important Japanese-language biography of Oda Nobunaga.

Koenraad Lamote
I am a graduate from the University of Sheffield, department of East Asian Studies (SEAS). Earned my MA in Advanced Japanese Studies. The focus of my MA thesis was on the Teaching of Ethics (shuushin) in The Meiji Era. This study was not based on textbook samples, but rather on the actual homework produced by the students of that era. To my knowledge, the above has never been tried before. My main area of interest is education in Meiji and late Tokugawa periods.

Wayne Lammers
Literary and cultural translator, Portland, OR, USA. After teaching undergraduate and graduate Japanese language and literature (mainly classical) for 8 years , I decided to become a freelance translator--initially working primarily as the translator for Mangajin magazine. Since the magazine suspended publication, I have worked broadly on literary, cultural, language education, general business, and manga materials. My dissertation was on Fujiwara Teika's experiement with fiction, Matsura no Miya Monogatari. Most of my other literary work has been in modern literature, but both in that work as well as in cultural and manga materials I encounter frequent need for my premodern expertise. []
*The Tale of Matsura: Fujiwara Teika's Experiment in Fiction (1992) // trans. of Ooka Shohei, Taken Captive : A Japanese Pow's Story (1996)// trans. of Shono Junzo, Still Life and Other Stories (1992); Evening Clouds (2000)

Douglas Lanam
I am currently a Ph.D student in Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia,  The main focus of my research is Meiji-Taisho women's literature.

Andrea Landis <landisan[at]>
 I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. My area of interests include late Edo and early Meiji fiction and book history. 

Scott Langton
East Asian Languages & Literatures, University of Oregon. PhD in Modern Japanese Literature from Ohio State University (2000). Dissertation research dealt with jidai shousetsu written in the early 20th century, focusing on three authors--Nakazato Kaizan, Osaragi Jirō, and Yoshikawa Eiji. Although my research has focused primarily on modern literature & culture, I am interested in pre-modern literature & culture as well--monogatari, waka, noh, kabuki, renga, haiku, senryū, ukiyo zōshi, jōruri, etc.

William Lee <lee[at]>
I am an assistant professor at Minnesota State University-Akita, a branch campus of the Minnesota State system in Akita, Japan. I teach courses on Japanese literature, theater, and other aspects of Japanese culture to mosty American students who come to Akita for one or more semesters of study. My doctoral research (McGill University, 1996) was on Genroku Kabuki. Current research interests include kabuki, the folk performing arts, traditional Japanese architecture, and (not related to the topic of this list) popular culture.

Elizabeth Leicester
I am a doctoral candidate in Japanese history at UCLA, working with Herman Ooms. My dissertation has the tentative title, "Underclass Prostitution in Tokugawa Japan: Sexual Economy, Political Discourse, Social Practice." The chapter on which I am currently working looks at the establishment of an official pleasure quarter in 1820 Kanazawa as part of the fiscal reforms of Kaga domain. Using commentaries from various sectors, including the Confucian scholar of political economy, Kaiho Seiryo, I look at how prostitution and the sexuality of lower class women were discussed in the political arena, and what ramifications this discourse had for policy and practice.
* "Solitary Thoughts: A Translation of Tadano Makuzu's Hitori Kangae," co-translator. Part I, Monumenta Nipponica 56:1 (Spring 2001); Part II, Monumenta Nipponica 56:2 (Summer 2001).

Linda K. Letten
I am a PhD candidate at Latrobe University (Melbourne). My supervisor is Dr Raj Pandey. My area of particular interest is the representation of women in otogi zoshi in the Muromachi period. Presently, I am thinking about periodization, termininology, world views and historiography. I translated Yokobue Zoshi as part of my master's thesis several years back (at the U of Hawaii) and would be interested in knowing what other otogi zoshi have been translated. I understand that several people have worked on them as part of their doctoral dissertations.

Jan Leuchtenberger
Assistant professor of Japanese in the Department of Language and Literature at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma. Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2005.

Robert W. Leutner <rleutner[at]>
Associate Professor of Classical Japanese Language and Literature, University of Iowa *

Gregory P. Levine <gplevine[at]>
I teach in the Dept. of History of Art at the University of California at Berkeley. My research focuses on premodern Buddhist art and architecture in Japan, specifically the visual culture of the Zen Buddhist monastery Daitokuji in Kyoto.
"Jukoin: Art, Architecture, and Mortuary Culture at a Japanese Zen Buddhist Temple." Ph.D. diss., Princeton Univ., 1997. [Dissertation abstract] // Review: Joseph Parker, Zen Buddhist Landscape Arts of Early Muromachi Japan (1336-1573). Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999. Journal of Asian Studies 58/4 (Nov. 1999):1150-1153; "Switching Sites and Identities: The Founder's Statue at the Japanese Zen Buddhist Temple Korin'in." The Art Bulletin. (Forthcoming, Mar. 2001)

Michael Lewis
* Professor of History, Michigan State University.

Michelle Li
Postdoctoral fellow in premodern Japanese Literature, Institute of International Studies and the Department of Asian Languages, Stanford.
I received my Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in May 2000 with a major in pre-modern Japanese literature and minors in pre-modern Chinese and Japanese religions with an emphasis on Buddhism, and pre-modern Japanese history. My focus in recent years has been on the grotesque and other modes of representation centered on the physical body in ancient and medieval Japanese literature. I am especially interested in the places in texts where religion, history, and literature meet. The book I am close to completing, Unfinalized Bodies: Reading the Grotesque in Setsuwa Literature, develops a theory of the grotesque in short tales from the Konjaku monogatari shū and other collections compiled between the tenth and fourteenth centuries. (It is a reworking of my dissertation.) In addition to my years at Princeton, my academic background includes a master's degree from Ochanomizu University in Tokyo in modern Japanese literature, particularly from the Meiji and Taisho- periods. I have also lived and studied in Beijing, where I began formal training in Chinese. The first time, in 1989, was during an especially intriguing period, during the student protests and military crackdown by the government in and around Tiananmen Square. Chinese language and culture, including Chinese tale literature and its relationship to Japanese tale literature, remain side passions of mine.

Daniela Lieb <unrinin[at]>
Working at the university of cologne, dept. of japanology, research-field: classical japanese literature, history.

LIM Beng Choo <jpslimbc[at]>
Assistant Professor, Japanese Studies Department, National University of Singapore.
Field: Premodern Japanese theater, especially noh in the late medieval period. Current projects: social interactions among noh performers and other members of late medieval Japan; Interpretation and translation of noh plays into Chinese and English.
* "Kanze Kojiro Nobumitsu and Furyu Noh: A study of the late Muromachi noh theater." Ph.D. dissertation, Cornell University, 1977. Abstract on this site.

Ethan Lindsay
I am a Ph.D. student in the department of Religion at Princeton University.  My focus is Buddhism in premodern Japan, and I plan to research the stories and practices surrounding "living" Buddhist statues such as the Seiryoji Shaka.

Scott Lineberger
PhD student at Columbia University. For my dissertation I am analyzing the influence of print culture on early Edo haikai and poetic commentaries, specifically the works of Kitamura Kigin and Matsunaga Teitoku.

Yukio M. Lippit <ymlippit[at]>
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Japanese Art History program at Princeton University, currently nearing the end of a two-year research stay in Tokyo (affiliation: University of Tokyo). My dissertation concerns the rise of an antiquities painting market, the practice of painting authentication, and the production of the earliest Japanese painting histories during the late 17th century.

Nicola Liscutin
[Formally with] German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo - DIJ Tokyo []
Although my interests now are indeed more in modern (contemporary) women's literature, there are still strong connections (and lingerings?) of my "premodern period" - a PhD thesis on sekkyobushi (Cambridge) that needs to be rewritten for publication with Stanford UP, four years of teaching classical literature at SOAS, a translation with students of a Hiraga Gennai text that awaits finishing and editing, PLUS a strong interest in anything that is new and exciting in premodern literature studies.

Liu Yujen
2002 M.A. in Ming Paintings and Buddhist Art, Graduate Institute of Art History, National Taiwan University, now working in the National Palace Museum,Taipei.

Tullio Lobetti <tullio_lobetti[at]>
MA in Japanese Language and Literature (University of Turin, Turin)
MA in Japanese Religions (SOAS, London)
Currently PhD Student at SOAS, department of Study of Religions
Main Resarch Topic: Ascetic practices in Japan
Other interests: Esoteric Buddhism; Japanese new religious movements; the concept of "death" and its cross-cultural religious implications.

Angus Lockyer <al21[at]>
Dept of History, SOAS
Lecturer in the History of Japan. My own research and teaching focuses mainly on the 19th and 20th centuries, but I am also interested in broader questions of method and interpretation--periodization (early modernity, the usefulness of the medieval), scale (national as opposed to local, regional, and world histories), and others.

Karin Lofgren
unaffiliated researcher, architect
My area of research is the Muromachi-Edo period merchant architectural context of Kyoto. I cover a broad spectrum including politics, social studies and economy to mention a few ingredients. I particularly concentrate in the aesthetic ideals among the chonin and how they formed their architectural surroundings/housing. The different habits around formal representation and meetings have a central role in my research, f.ex. how the arts/artifacts and habits around "tea" transformed the appreciation of space. My Ph.D. dissertation was presented in 2003 "Machiya - the Architecture and History of the Kyoto Town House".
I am also practicing architect specialized in wooden constructions.
Work in progress: Editing my thesis into a book.

William Londo <wfl[at]>
I am a Ph.D candidate in Japanese history at the University of Michigan. The topic of my dissertation is the development of the religious complex on Mt. Koya in the course of the 11th century. I have just returned from four years in the Kansai where I did the research for my dissertation and was part of the editorial staff of the journal Japanese Religions.
*Bill has kindly provided a "Hobogirin" font with many useful diacritics for Windows and Macintosh. See the resources page for instructions and download links.

Tom Looser
Degree in cultural anthropology from Chicago; I currently teach at McGill.
My research interests include Edo-era theater and cultural history, and contemporary Japanese culture (including film, anime and new media).

Monica Lopez (Monica Liliana Lopez Arrieta)
Argentina. My area of interest in Japanese studies is related to literature and oriental philosophy. I am a physician doing some studies on oriental philosophy and Japanese language.

Bryan Lowe
I am a PhD student in the department of Religion at Princeton University.  I am interested in interactions between Buddhism and indigenous beliefs in the Nara and Heian periods particularly as seen as an exchange between the capital and the provinces.

Patrick Luhan <PBL32[at]>
I am a first year graduate student at Columbia University under the advising of Haruo Shirane. My main area of interest is early modern Japanese literature. My previous research has focused on kabuki but my interests extend to issues related to the creation of texts, literary communities and collective understandings, fantasy, and the interaction of text and image.

David Lurie <DBL11[at]>
Assistant Professor of Japanese History and Literature
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

Ian MacDonald
Ph.D. candidate in Japanese in the Department of Asian Languages at Stanford University.
The working title of my dissertation, which is still in the research stage, is, "Parody of a Classical Japanese Poetry Canon: Interpretation, Contextualization, and Translation." I am looking at the genre called "douke hyakunin isshu" or "mojiri hyakunin isshu" (as well as "hyakunin isshu uso koushaku") which flourished in the 17th-early 19th centuries, but continued even in Meiji and, indeed, still survives today. [keywords in Japanese] I started out principally in modern literature, but my interest in parody and satire took me from contemporary writers such as Ogino Anna to Edo gesaku. Last year I spent ten months studying at Shizuoka University with Konita Seiji, an Edo scholar, who introduced me to Santo Kyoden's work in the Hyakunin Isshu parody genre. I have always had a strong interest in translation, and in 1997 I won the First International Translation Competition in Shizuoka, which took me to Shizuoka University.

Dylan McGee
Princeton, Comparative Literature
Edo Literature and Translation Theory. Canon Formation. Yomihon. Morishima Churyo, Ueda Akinari, Takebe Ayatari, Santo Kyoden, Kyokutei Bakin.

Levi McLaughlin
PhD student at the Department of Religion, Princeton University. I am interested in new religious movements in the modern era and their connections to premodern traditions and practices. BA, MA University of Toronto, research student University of Tokyo 2000-2002, Research Assistant at the Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics, Kokugakuin University, 2002-2004.

Tamaki Maeda
Ph.D. Candidate, Art History, University of Washington.
I am currently writing my dissertation on Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924), focusing on his hybridization of yamato-e and literati painting. In the course of my research, I became interested in the construction of yamato-e since the Heian period to the modern era.

Lawrence E. Marceau <l.marceau[at]<
Senior Lecturer in Japanese, University of Auckland
My ongoing research interests include, but are not limited to, woodblock-printed books and publishing in early modern (Edo/Tokugawa) Japan, the relationship between literary thought and literary expression during the early modern period, cultural contacts between Japan and Yi Dynasty Korea and between Japan and Qing Dynasty China, the Nagasaki School of Chinese-style painting, the "bunjin" aesthetic in Japanese arts and letters, wagaku as a poetic movement, and the yomihon as a prose narrative subgenre.
* Takebe Ayatari: A Bunjin Bohemian in Early Modern Japan. Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan Press, 2004.
* The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams and Substance. Harry N. Abrams, 2001 (contributer).
* "Literati consciousness in early modern Japan: Takebe Ayatari and the bunjin," PhD thesis, Harvard University,1989. 279p. UMI
* [keywords in Japanese]

Federico Marcon
I am a PhD candidate in Japanese History at Columbia University, and expect to receive my degree in May 2007. My dissertation, "The Names of Nature: Intellectual Communities and Practices of Natural History in Early Modern Japan," directed by Professor Carol Gluck, is a history of Japanese honzōgaku (usually translated as "materia medica" or "pharmacology," but better described as "natural history" because of its broad scope) in the Tokugawa period (1603-1867) and reconstructs the social and intellectual processes that led to the formation and institutionalization of natural history as an autonomous discipline by the late-eighteenth century.
    My interests are: intellectual and cultural history of early modern Japan; history of Japan; East Asian history; comparative intellectual history of Japan and Europe; comparative social history of knowledge; history and philosophy of science; history of
philosophy; history of East Asian religions; history of the book.

Elizabeth Markham
Research Professor, Center for Research in Ancient Asian Musics, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, University of Arkansas.
    I am an ethnomusicologist working in early East Asian Musics, especially in the deciphering and analysis of the earliest sources - musical notations and singers' manyoogana text-copies - for Japanese Court Song. A second interest lies in historical interrelationships between the Court repertories of Gagaku and the Temple traditions of Buddhist Chant and their significance for the development of Japanese music in general. I am also involved in two collaborative projects: a newly established Ancient Asian Musics Preservation Project at the Library of Congress and the Tang Music Project (publication series Music from the Tang Court' [Cambridge UP]). My most recent paper is entitled "The concept of a `Basic Melody' in early Japanese court music: evidence in a Buddhist notation?", in Studia instrumentorum musicae popularis, ed. Erich Stockmann, Leipzig, June 2000.

Teresa Martinez Fernandez <teresamarfer[at]>
I am now at SOAS doing an MA in East Asian Literature. My main interests are Genji Monogatari and Heian period literature in general. At present I am writing my MA dissertation on "enclosures", textual appearances of the fence "kaki" and its variants, as in "kaimami", in some works of the Heian period and in Kojiki. As an element of this I am presently looking for information about the Ise priestess and the nature of her office in relation to the emperor.

Kirk Masden
Kumamoto Gakuen University. I am not a specialist in premodern studies. My primary interest is in modern Japanese history, particularly after the Meiji period. I have a strong interest in Nihonjinron (which often alludes to premodern Japan) and in that sense am particularly interested in following the discussions of specialists in premodern studies.

Susan Matisoff <matis[at]>
Professor of Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley. Main interests: medieval through early Edo period narrative and dramatic literature, primarily: Heike Monogatari, Noh, Kowaka-mai and Sekkyo-bushi.
*The Legend of Semimaru, Blind Musician of Japan (1978)

Valentina Marziali
Graduate student of Japanese in the East Asian Languages And Literatures Department at "Università La Sapienza di Roma" (Rome, Italy). My main interest is in Japanese philology/classical literature and theatre. My dissertation was on Heike monogatari's historical episode of monk Shunkan and the different ways it has been described from XIVth till XXth century in the various manifestations of Japanese literature and theatre: war tales, novel, poetry and no, bunraku and kabuki theatre. I concentrate on translation: in June 2001 I published a translation in Italian of Shunkan by Kurata Hyakuzo, Asia Orientale, XVI, pp. 27-98.

Stacie Matsumoto
Ph.D. candidate in premodern Japanese history and religions at Harvard University.

Sachiko Matsushita 松下佐智子
PhD candidate, Faculty of Japan Centre, East Asian Studies, The Australian National University.
I am interested in Japanese classical literature. I am writing my dissertation, 'A Study of The Tale of Genji focusing on interior monologue.'

Thomas McAuley <T.E.McAuley[at]>
Lecturer in Japanese, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, UK.
Research Interests: Classical Japanese linguistics/literature, especially the nature of the linguistic and literary features used in prose to convey the author's intended meaning(s) to readers.
Current Activities: At the moment I am engaged in writing a combined Classical Japanese grammar textbook and reader for Curzon Press and will be launching a website in May to put 2001 Waka on the Web as part of the Japan 2001 celebrations.
Publications: "The changing use of honorifics in Japanese literary texts," in (2001) Language Change in East Asia, Curzon Press: 47-69

Dan McKee
I am in the first year of a masters/PhD program in Japanese literature at Cornell University. I am currently working on the Fukutomi Zōshi Emaki, and am interested in the conjunctions of the literary and visual arts, humor and the rise of commoner culture. My interests span from Muromachi through Edo Japan.

Meredith McKinney <meredith[at]>
Lived in Kyoto for approximately 20 years, and returned to Australia in 1998 to begin a PhD on Saigyo Monogatari at the Japan Centre at the Australian National University (due for completion late 2001). In 1998 my translation of Saigyo Monogatari ("The Tale of Saigyo") came out in the Michigan Papers in Japanese Studies series (no. 25). I've also translated and published a number of short stories and poems from the field of modern Japanese literature (one of which, "Ravine", has won this year's Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Japanese Literary Translation Prize). Once the thesis is out of the way, I'm contracting with Penguin Classics to do a new translation of "The Pillow Book".
* The translation of "The Pillow Book" was published in autumn 2006. It is not yet available in the U.S. but can be ordered from sites like [link] or [link]. /ed.

Peter A. McMillan
Kyorin University, Tokyo.

James [I.J.] McMullen
University Lecturer in Japanese, University of Oxford; TEPCo Tutorial Fellow in Japanese, Pembroke College.
* Japanese Confucianism. Idealism, Protest, and the Tale of Genji: The Confucianism of Kumazawa Banzan (1619-91) (Oxford UP, 1999) // Genji Gaiden : The Origins of Kumazawa Banzan's Commentary on the Tale of Genji (OUP, 1991)

Christopher M. Mayo
MA student in Japanese language and literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Kansas.
My interests include:
*the development of writing in early Japan
*the history of Japanese law, particularly the penal codes

Lori Meeks <meeks[at]>
Assistant Professor of Buddhism, University of Southern California
My primary area of research is Buddhism in the Heian and Kamakura periods. I am especially interested in social history, particularly in the relationships between and among gender roles, family structures, social class, and Buddhist institutions. My dissertation, which I defended at Princeton in 2003, was a study of the Kamakura-period Shingon-Ritsu nuns' revival movement centered at the ancient Nara nunneries Hokkeji and Chuguji. [2004/9]

Wolfgang Michel
*Institute of Languages and Cultures / Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University, Fukuoka-City, Japan

Midorikawa Machiko 緑川真知子
I was trained at Waseda University, where my PhD thesis (2005) was on English translations of Genji monogatari. I teach Genji monogatari as an adjunct lecturer (hijōkin) at Waseda University, Kantō Gakuin University, Meiji Gakuin University.
Publications include: "Coming to Terms with the Alien: Translatiions of Genji Monogatari" (Monumenta Nipponica 58:2 [Summer 2003]) , pp. 193-222.

Maria Chiara Migliore
Ph.D. February 1996, 'Gli statuti dei documenti ufficiali (kushiki ryō) del periodo di Nara (710-785),' Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples.
My main interest is in Japanese literature in Chinese of Nara, Heian and early Kamakura periods. In this moment I am concentrating in the utilization of Chinese sources in Kara monogatari and in other works of early Kamakura period (as for example Mōgyōwaka and Hyakuei waka).
* Il viaggio a ritroso.Genesi e tipologia dei diari di viaggio medievali giapponesi. Il Tōkan kikō (Diario di un viaggio a oriente), a cura di Maria Chiara Migliore, Napoli, Istituto Universitario Orientale, Dipartimento  di Studi Asiatici, collana "Serie 3", 8, 2002. This contains the Italian translation of Tōkan kikō, anonymous, 1242?, with an introduction, appendix and bibliography.

Yulia Mikhailova <yulia[at]>
Professor at Hiroshima City University, Faculty of International Studies.
Before I moved to Japan in 1996 I was interested in intellectual history of Tokugawa Japan, in particilar, in Motoori Norinaga, and also did some research on rites and ceremonies related to the imperial institution of ancient Japan. At present because I have to teach some subjects on Russo-Japanese relations, I do research on mutual Russo-Japanese images through graphic representations. The period of study is modern, not premodern Japan. But I want to keep in touch with those scholars who study premodern Japan, as I have some topics unfinished. I have translated some works of Kada Arimoto, but have not yet prepared them for publication. I am also happy to know that my old friend Tom Harper is also a member of PMJS.
Selected Publications: "Motoori Norinaga: Life and Work" , "Social and Political Ideas of Japan in the Period from 1860s to 1880s" (both in Russian). Recent articles: Images of Enemy and Self: Russian 'Popular Prints' of the Russo-Japanese War (Acta Slavica Iaponica, 16, 1998); Japan and Russia: Mutual Images, 1904-39, in The Japanese and Europe. Images and Perceptions, ed. by B. Edstrom, Japan Library, 2000.

Herschel Miller
Ph.D. candidate in premodern Japanese literature, Columbia University.
My principal areas of interest are: Buddhism in premodern literature, particularly in relation to gender issues; and henge/henshin (people transforming into animals, deties, etc. and vice-versa).

Ian Miller
Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University. Modern cultural and intellectual history.

Mary Cender Miller
Ph.D. student in Japanese (Heian studies) at Indiana University

Stephen D. Miller <smiller[at]>
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Editor and one of the translators of Partings at Dawn: An Anthology of Japanese Gay Literatur e (Gay Sunshine Press, 1996). My interests revolve around a number of things: literature and Buddhism, classical poetry, the imperial poetry anthologies, expressions of gay male sentiments in Japanese culture (lit, film, TV), the thorny problem of translation (how to do it and doing it), and the teaching of bungo at the university level. I am (still) working on a manuscript on the relationship between Buddhism and the sub-genre of waka known as shakkyōka.  Right now my focus is on the "Aishō" book of the Shūishū.  Most recently I've worked on some collaborative translations of a Noh play (Shunzei Tadanori) and 7 shakkyōka with the poet Patrick Donnelly.

Christine Murasaki Millett <cmmillet[at]>
Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.
Areas of interest: Conceptions of death, grief, loss, and pilgrimage in the premodern Japanese literary ( especially the Genji Monogatari and other classical works) and religious traditions. Other interests include the poetic and religioussignificance of Basho's travel journals and classical allusions.
Publications: "Bushclover and Moon: A Relational Reading of Oku no hosomichi", Monumenta Nipponica, Vol.53:3, 1997; "Inverted Classical Allusions in Higuchi Ichiyo's Takekurabe," US-Japan Women's Journal (Nichibei Josei Janaru), Vol.14,1998

Jonathan Mills < <jonzaemon[at]>
I completed a master’s course at Tokyo Gakugei University in 2002, having written my dissertation on the sources used in the jōruri Kanadehon Chūshingura. I am currently living in Tokyo and am working on research concerning the relationship between the Heike Monogatari and eighteenth-century jūruri. I also participate in a research group which focuses on transcription of and research about the kusazōhi genre.

Lynne Miyake <lmiyake[at]>
Associate Professor of Japanese, Pomona College. My graduate school training was in Heian nikki bungaku and my dissertation was on a litte known work, Tonomine Shosho monogatari. I have since branched out a little and do work on Heian prose narratives and on poststructuralism, narratology, feminist studies, and cultural studies.

Avia Belle Moon
I studied Japanese art at the University of California at Santa Barbara, as well as at Kanazawa College of Art in Ishikawa Prefecture. I have been studying the Japanese language for over ten years now. I have been researching the Heian Period for the last four years and have just completed a novel. Before that I was a freelance journalist for The Japan Times; I have written a few articles on Japanese arts and culture, which you may read, along with the excerpts from my novel at OydsseaPress.

D. Max Moerman <dmoerman[at]>
Assistant Professor of Japanese Cultural History Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures Barnard College, Columbia University

Luke Morehouse <whysper_seed[at]>
Graduate student of Japanese in the East Asian Languages And Literatures Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I concentrate on translation and interpretation, but all aspects of Japanese cultural, social, religious, and literary history interest me. Recent translation projects include: Gyoga Manroku (Stray Notes While Lying on My Back) by Masaoka Shiki, and some short stories by Murakami Haruki.

Laura Moretti
Ph.D. candidate at Universita' Ca' Foscari di Venezia (Venice, Italy) from April 1999 to April 2001 at Tokyo University. My field of research is Edo period literature, focusing at the moment on the development of intertextual practices within the group of the so-called "nise monogatari" belonging to the early kanazoshi.

David Moreton
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). <url>

Hideyuki Morimoto
University Library, University of California, Berkeley
Field of Research: information and library studies, especially: informetrics; information retrieval system evaluation; and transborder flow of information (including retrieval of Japanese studies information)

Shigeki Moro <moro[at]>
Ph.D. candidate in Buddhist studies under Dr. Koyu Tamura (Japanese Buddhism/Tendai Buddhism) and Koitsu Yokoyama (Yogacara Buddhism) at Toyo University, Tokyo. My dissertation is on the Shugo-kokkai-sho which is the most comprehensive text of the debates between Saicho and Tokuitsu. (Hoping to finish up this year!) I am interested in the Japanese Yogacara school (Hosso-shu), especially its teachings (or interpretations) on eka-yana (ichijo).
I am also interested in the computerization in the East Asian studies. I participate in SAT and INBUDS as the web master.
Lists of my papers and books are available in Japanese and English on:

Robert E. Morrell
Prof. Emeritus, Japanese Literature, Dept. of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Box 1111, Washington University in St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
Interests: Buddhism in medieval Japanese literature: setsuwa, kana hogo, shakkyoka, Kamakura's Tokeiji, etc.
Publications: Sand and Pebbles (Shasekishu) (1985) // Early Kamakura Buddhism: A Minority Report (1987) // (with Earl Miner and Hiroko Odagiri), The Princeton Companion to Classical Literature (1985) // (with J. Thomas Rimer) Guide to Japanese Poetry ; articles, reviews, etc.

Samuel C. Morse <scmorse[at]>
Department of Fine Arts, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
My research focuses on the Buddhist sculpture of the Heian and Kamakura periods as well as the ritual use of Japanese Buddhist art. With Anne Nishimura Morse I am author of Object as Insight--Japanese Buddhist Art and Ritual (Katonah, NY: Katonah Museum of Art, 1996). I also serve as chair of the Board of Directors at the Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art at the Clark Center in Hanford, California.

Leith Morton <morton at>
Professor, Foreign Language Research and Teaching Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology. My prime area of interest is from Meiji onwards but in recent years my research has also included waka (from Man'yooshu onwards) and haiku.
Publications: Modernism in Practice: An Introduction to Postwar Japanese Poetry (Honolulu: Univ. of Hawaii Press, 2004) // // Modern Japan: The Insider View (Melbourne: Oxford Univ. Press, 2003) // (edited volume) Takamizawa, Junko 'My Brother Hideo Kobayashi' (Sydney: Univ. of Sydney East Asian Series & Wild Peony Press, 2001)//
'The Canonization of Yosano Akiko's Midaregami', Japanese Studies(Australia) Vol. 20 No.3 (2000), pp.237-254 // 'The Clash of Traditions: New Style poetry (Shintaishi) and the Waka Tradition in Yosano Akiko's Midaregami (1901)' in The Renewal of Song: Renovation in Lyric Conception and Practice, (eds.) Earl Miner and Amiya Dev (Calcutta: Seagull Books, 2000), 104-144; "A Two-Legged Mongrel: The Art of Haikai," Ulitarra No. 8 (1995), pp.124-150; "Courtly Love in France and Japan: An Introductory Study" in Variete: Perspectives in French Literature, Society and Culture ed. Marie Ramsland (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang,1999), pp. 307-324; An Anthology of Contemporary Japanese Poetry (New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1993) [O.P.]
* Also, I am current editor of the Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia and would welcome submissions from pmjs members to our journal (all submitted articles are subject to anonymous refereeing): Journal Website

Helen E. Moss 
affiliation = IchiFuji-kai Dance Association, Ltd.
With IchiFuji-kai, I'm a performer and licensed teacher of Japanese classical dance in the Souke Fujima tradition, and also lecture at workshops and performances.  As an independent scholar, I'm interested in history, Kabuki theatre, costumes and costuming, makeup, kimono dressing and sewing, fans and props, textile design and production, etc.

Joshua Mostow <jmostow[at]>
Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
I work in the areas of premodern Japanese literature and art. Particular interests include: inter-art relations (between poetry and painting); Heian nikki; issues of gender and sexuality in Heian and Edo periods; reception history and cultural nationalism. My current project is a reception history of the Ise monogatari, with particular attention to the illustrative tradition--from the Heian period up to manga.
For list of publications, etc., please see
* At the House of Gathered Leaves: Shorter Biographical and Autobiographical Narratives from Japanese Court Literature (Hawaii, 2004). 211 pp // Pictures of the Heart: The Hyakunin Isshu in Word and Image (Hawaii, 1996).

Paul Murphy
I am a journalist for the English-language Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo with a strong interest in Japanese religion and politics.

Mari Nagase <marihs47[at]>
Ph.D candidate, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. Currently engaged in completing my dissertation, which discusses the emergence of women kanshi writers in the late Edo period, particularly introducing works of Hara Saihin, Ema Saiko, and Takahashi Gyokusho. 

Mary Louise Nagata <mnagata[at]>
I have recently been hired as Assistant Professor of East Asian History at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. I continue as a membre associé at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Centre de Recherches Historiques (EHESS/CRH) in Paris. As a former member of the EurAsian Project for Population and Family History, much of my work in the last 5 years has been in the family and demographic history of early modern (kinsei) Japan. I also work on labor and business using "hokonin ukejo"and other related documents. At present I have several projects in progress. I am working on the demography of several Kyoto neighborhoods around 1820-1870 using "Shumon aratame cho." I also use this type of document for Kyoto and other areas asavailable to research name changing and its relation to family, work and community structures. My latest project is a case study of an inheritance case in Kyoto 1819-1834 involving an adopted heir, a divorced wife and her son, one or more concubines (mekake) and their children and the suit brought by the former concubine against the new head in the magistrates court. There appears also to be a connection to the Eta Hinin and early developments in their emancipation. Another area I do not focus on much for research, but has proved an interesting supplementary source is katarimono from the kabuki tradition Tokiwazu school.
Mary Louise Nagata, Labor Contracts and Labor Relations in Early Modern Central Japan (London and New York: Routledge-Curzon 2005).
Other recent publications:
(1998) "Name changing patterns and the stem family in early modern Japan: Shimomoriya," in Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux and Emiko Ochiai eds HOUSE AND THE STEM FAMILY IN EURASIAN PERSPECTIVE/Maison et famille-souche: perspectives eurasiennes, Proceedings of the C18 Session Twelfth International Economic History Congress, pp. 291-319; (1998) co-author with Chiyo Yonemura, "Continuity, solidarity, family and enterprise: What is an IE?"in Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux and Emiko Ochiai eds HOUSE AND THE STEM FAMILY IN EURASIAN PERSPECTIVE/Maison et famille-souche: perspectives eurasiennes, Proceedings of the C18 Session Twelfth International Economic History Congress, pp. 193-214, // (1999) "Why Did You Change Your Name? Name Changing Patterns and the Life Course in Early Modern Japan," THE HISTORY OF THE FAMILY An International Quarterly, Volume 4, Number 3, pp. 315-338; (1999) "Balancing Family Strategies with Individual Choice: Name Changing in Early Modern Japan," JAPAN REVIEW, 11, pp. 145-166; (2001) "Labor Migration, Family and Community in Early Modern Japan," in Pamela Sharpe ed. WOMEN, GENDER, AND LABOR MIGRATION, London and New York: Routledge Press.[Published June, 2001] // Forthcoming, "Family Strategies in Stem Family Businesses in Ealry Modern Kyoto, Japan," in Eugenio Sonnino ed. LIVING IN THE CITY, Universita di Roma, La Sapienza; Forthcoming, "Leaving the Village for Labor Migration in Early Modern Japan," in Franz van Poppel and Michel Oris eds LEAVING HOME IN EURASIAN PERSPECTIVE, (NIDI? or Cambridge).

Kate Wildman Nakai <kw-nakai[at]>
Professor of Japanese History, Sophia University, and Editor, Monumenta Nipponica.
I teach premodern Japanese history in the Faculty of Comparative Culture, Sophia University, and since 1997 have served as editor of Monumenta Nipponica. Most of my time these days seems to be taken up with matters related to the journal, but I continue to have a primary interest in intellectual history, particularly various dimensions of the reception of Confucianism in Japan and the ongoing reinterpretation of the kamiyo myths.
Publications: trans. of Women of the Mito Domain: Recollections of Samurai Family Life by Yamakawa Kikue (Univ. of Tokyo, 1992) // Shogunal Politics : Arai Hakuseki and the Premises of Tokugawa Rule (1988) [*Japanese*]

Ellen Nakamura
Lecturer in Japanese, University of Aukland, New Zealand. [url]

Haruko Nakamura
Japanese cataloger and subject librarian.

Tamah Nakamura
Kyushu University, International Student Center
Education: M.Ed., M.A. (Human Development); Ph.D. (candidate in Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate Institute)
Courses taught: Gender and Contemporary Japan, Gender in a Comparative Perspective, Intercultural Communication, Movement Education Part-time lecturer for both international (one year abroad program) and Japanese students.

Nakamura Yasuo
My field of research is historical tales (rekishi monogatari) but I am interested in a variety of texts with a strong historical flavor, from historical documents and diaries, to war tales (gunki). In the case of waka, this means I find kodai waka are of greater interest. I read The Tale of Genji as a monogatari which has many historical elements. My main research on Japanese literature, however, in terms of an actual work, I do anything to do with databases of Japanese literature. In particular I am recently more involved in making databases out of actual old materials (kotenseki) than in creating full-text databases. Please do look at the Koten collection series published by Iwanami.
Profile at NIJL [link in Japanese at top of page]

Chieko Nakano <chiekon[at]>
Ph. D student , East Asian Studies, The University of Arizona,
areas of interest: art, religion, and popular culture in medieval Japan.

Steven G. Nelson <snelson[at]>
Professor, Department of Japanese, Hōsei University.
After undergraduate study in musicology at the University of Sydney, I came to Japan in 1980 and have been here since. Graduate work at Tookyoo Geijutsu Daigaku (Tookyoo National University of Fine Arts and Music); archival work for many years at the Research Archives for Japanese Music of Ueno Gakuen University (Tookyoo). I began with a vague interest in the early music notations of gagaku; this has expanded to a broad interest in the pre-Meiji history of the non-theatrical classical musical arts, especially gagaku, shoomyoo, heike-biwa and jiuta-sookyoku (koto/shamisen music). I work mainly with primary sources (music notations and writings on music in the broades sense). After four years as Associate Professor at the Research Centre for Japanese Traditional Music, Kyooto City University of Arts, in April 2004 I took up the position of Professor in the Department of Japanese, Hosei University, Tookyoo, where I teach undergraduate and postgraduate classes on Japanese music history, the traditional performing arts, and the translation of Japanese classical literature into English. My 2004 undergraduate seminar focusses on literary and musical studies of the Heian-period saibara repertoire. Other major fields of interest include Heian-period diaries, ceremony and ritual in the Tendai and Shingon sects, and medieval setsuwa and gunki literature.

Laura Nenzi
Ph.D. candidate in Japanese history, University of California Santa Barbara [Professor Luke Roberts].
Currently working on a dissertation about female travelers in the Edo period. From January 2001 to August 2001 I was a foreign researcher at the Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo. I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Venice, Italy, with Prof. Adriana Boscaro.

Jamie Newhard <jamie.newhard[at]>
Arizona State University
Ph.D (Columbia University). Dissertation on medieval and early modern Ise monogatari (and to a lesser extent Genji monogatari) scholarship, focusing on commentators' handling of genre issues.

Jeff Newmark
Working on medieval texts with David Bialock at the University of Southern California. Translated selections from the Enkyō-bon variant of Heike.

David Neilson
I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Oregon studying under Andrew Goble. My MA thesis was a reexamination of the last decade of the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Specifically, I was attempting to discover aspects of his personal life which may have contributed to his decline in his final years. My primary interests lie in the Sengoku period and I anticipate that my dissertation will deal with aspects of the process of unification.

Kai Nieminen <kaiminen[at]>
Finnish translator & poet. Born in 1950.
Discovery of Japanese literature 1971. No academic curriculum, because no teaching of written Japanese nor Japanese literature available in Finland at that time. Private studies, the slow and rocky road. Japan Foundation Fellowship in Japan 1979-80. Since 1975 published some 30 translations of Japanese literature, both classical, eg. Tsurezuregusa, first third of Genji monogatari (working on the rest right now), Basho's travelogues and haibun prose, poetry by Ikkyu and Ryokan, some no and kyogen plays; and modern, like -- to drop names -- Kokoro by Soseki, Sasameyuki by Tanizaki, Tsugaru by Dazai, Tenohira no shosetsu by Kawabata, Kitchen by Yoshimoto. I'll send a complete bibliography to Michael Watson although I'm unhappy to know it won't serve you much -- all my translations are into Finnish. My basic interest lies in classics, but time and again I've been flirting with modern literature, too.
13 books of poetry in Finnish. A collection translated into English ("Serious Poems", by Anselm Hollo; published by Rain Taxi, June 2000); a selection translated into Japanese ("Mori de dare ka ga...", by Jun'ichir kura; published by Honda kikaku, April 2000).
*lengthier bibliography online

Akihiko Niimi <zheyan[at]>
I am studying Japanese literature at Waseda University graduate school, and teaching Japanese at Waseda Koutou Gakuin high school. My main interest is the changes in monogatari texts and the history of "kochūshaku". I am currently working on textual criticism of Utsuho monogatari and Genji monogatari.
Web pages: kokugo no jikan Genji monogatari kochūshaku data base:

Takashi Nishiyama <tnishiya[at]>
 Currently I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT (completed Ph. D from the Ohio State Univ). My research area is the history of modern Japan, with an emphasis on the social history of technology during the 20th century. I am interested in how the rise/demise of the imperial empire influenced technology transfer in Japan before, during, and after World War II. As a case study, I look at how and why the Japanese engineering community responsible for wartime kamikaze aircraft (such as the Zero fighter) was reborn as the creators of the Bullet Train.

Sachie Noguchi
Formerly Japanese Bibliographer and Coordinator of the Japan Information Center (, East Asian Library, University of Pittsburgh. Also Co-director of the Japanese Text Initiative ( Now at Columbia University.

Peter Nosco <peter.nosco[at]>
University of British Columbia (Asian Studies).
BA Columbia 1971; BA/MA (hon) Cambridge Univ. 1973/77; PhD Columbia 1978.
I work on the intellectual and social history of Edo-period Japan, with interests in Confucianism, nativism, popular culture, underground religious movements, and the construction of personal and collective identity. Since 2003 I am Professor of Asian Studies at UBC and Head of that Department.

Denise O'Brien
Dept. of Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia.
I am a cultural anthropologist (Ph.D., Yale, 1969). I taught at our Tokyo campus (Temple University Japan) from 1985-91. I have been working on Heian culture and liteature, especially 10th/11th C women's writings, for the last several years. For more details check our dept. web page. I also am co-founder and manager (with Ted Bestor) of EASIANTH, an electronic discussion group for anthropologists interested in East Asia.
*home page:

Yasuhiko Ogawa <ogw5ootori[at]>
Professor, Department of Japanese Literature, College of Literature, Aoyama Gakuin University
My main areas of research are the study of "Man'yoshu", the history of classical scholarship in Japan, and Japanese bibliography (especially about ancient scrolls). I am currently undertaking: 1) studies of "Man'yoshu" as an ancient scroll (investigation into its manuscripts, research into form and presentation of ancient Chinese and Japanese scrolls, restoration of its original book, explanation of its editorial method and political intention, and a study of its historical significance), 2) investigation into annotated books of "Man'yoshu" and learned books about "Man'yoshu" written from the 10th to 19th century, so as to explain the history of classical scholarship in Japan, 3) re-intepretation of poems in "Man'yoshu" from an historical viewpoint.
研究分野:『萬葉集』および萬葉学史(古典学史)、古代巻子本の書誌学的・書物史的研究。現在、『萬葉集』の伝本の歴史的検討、7〜8世紀の日本の書物文 化における画期的事件としての『萬葉集』の捉え直し、装丁・料紙・書をも含めての『萬葉集』原本(巻子本)の復元を進めている。
*A Study of Sanjonishi Sanetaka's Own Handwriting "Ichiyosho" (a classed book of "Man'yoshu" compiled by Sanetaka in the 15th century). Ed. Group for the Study of "Man'yoshu" in the Medieval Period (a joint work). Tokyo: Kasama Shoin, 1997. *'Dori' (Essence of Things) and 'Monsho' (Visible Traces of Acts): Sengaku's Intellect in "Man'yoshu Chushaku [Annotated Book of "Man'yoshu"]." Man'yoshu Kenkyu vol.23 (1999). *"The Layout of the Original Book of "Man'yoshu": The Height of Waka Poem and its Preceding Explanation." Journal of Faculty of Humanities (Japan Women's University) 51 (2002).

Chie Ohba
Temple University.

Mieko Okamoto <mjo6[at]>
Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, The University of Tokyo. My current research interests encompass the discourses on gender, the city, and the suburbs in the 1920s and 1930s.

David Olson
Technical translator. Translated text for the CD-ROM "Kokuhou Butsuzou" ("Buddhist Images: A Guide to National Treasures of Japan")

Keiko Ono
Princeton University, East Asian Studies
Lecturer in bungo and kambun.
I currently also offer the Reading course for Japanese in Academic Style.

Herman Ooms
I teach Tokugawa History at the University of California, Los Angeles. I was encouraged to join pmjs by former students, especially since my current research (previously anchored in what could be argued to be Early-Modern Japan) has shifted to a decidedly pre-modern time period: seventh- and eighth-century Japan, where I am researching, speading a rather wide net, matters related to ideology: ceremonies, kami affairs, Daoist elements and the like.
* home page at UCLA

Elizabeth Oyler
Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Area of specific interest: Heike monogatari & medieval narrative.
Publications: Swords, Oaths, and Prophetic Visions: Authoring Warrior Rule in Medieval Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2006. [abstract and chapter 1 at Press] //  "Daimokutate: Placatory Ritual and the Genpei War." Forthcoming, Oral Tradition; "Giō: Women and Performance in the Heike Monogatari." Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 64.2 (December, 2004), 341-366; "The Heike in Japan." Oral Tradition. 18.1 (March 2003), 18-20. [Project Muse]

David Pacun
Assistant Prof. of Music Theory, Ithaca College
Currently researching the music Yamada Kosaku performed, published and composed (for Michio Ito) during his visit to the US (1917-1919).

Pedro P. Palazzo de Almeida
Student, School of Architecture, University of Maryland
I have begun studying Japanese architecture in 1999, and plan on doing more consistent research as my proficiency in the Japanese language improves. My main area of interest is the architecture of the Yayoi, Kofun/Asuka and Hakuhou periods, especially concerning religious buildings.
Published with Assistant Professor Sandy Kita the Course Packet for Arts of Asia (Fall 2001 edition). Course Packet for Arts of Japan (Spring 2002 edition) is in the works, also in collaboration with same professor.

Jesse Palmer
affiliation = University of California at Irvine
I am in my third year in UC Irvine's Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, East Asian Critical Studies emphasis, working on transnational Buddhist communities in East Asia.  My research focuses on the interaction between Japanese and Chinese Buddhism and the deployment of the signifier of Chinese-ness in Japan from Nara-Heian period through the Kamakura.  Within this framework, I am particularly interested in the travel narratives of the Japanese monks and the way these were utilized in Japan, the material culture and the exchange of goods that accompanied the various diplomatic and religious missions from Japan to China, as well as issues of orthography, particulary the kanbun/kana dichotomy.

Raj Pandey
I am senior lecturer in Japanese Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne. I recently published a book on the works of Kamo no Choumei. The book is entitled Writing and Renunciation in Medieval Japan . I am currently working on representations of women in medieval writing. I am focusing on women's sexuality, the notions of fujou ( impurity), itsutsu no sawari and so on in order to understand how women's potential for Buddhist enlightenment came to be articulated. I shall concentrate on setsuwa literature and the various ojouden. I would very much appreciate feed-back and suggestions.
*home page

Antje Papist-Matsuo <antjepapist[at]>
I work and teach as a research associate at the newly established department of East Asian Art History at the Fine Arts Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin. Currently I'm doing research on the typological development of negoro lacquerware as topic of my PhD thesis (advisor Prof. Roger Goepper, Cologne). I'm also interested in the applied arts of Edo period and Japanese art after WW II (Gutai and later).
Publications: (entries on Japanese lacquers, ceramics, prints and sword fittings): Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Hrsg.), Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Berlin, München/London/New York 2000. (English version Museum of East Asian Art Berlin, Munich/London/N.Y. 2001) (with Khanh Trinh); "Modernes Mäzenatentum. Klaus Friedrich Naumann und das Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, SMPK, Berlin", Ostasiatische Zeitung, Neue Serie, Nr. 1, Frühjahr 2001, S. 8-21; "In neuem Glanz. Ein schwarz lackierter Speisebehälter mit Perlmutter-Dekor aus dem frühen 18. Jahrhundert", Ostasiatische Zeitung, Neue Serie, Nr. 2, Herbst 2001, S. 25-34.

Helen Sian Elizabeth Parker <Helen.Parker[at]>
I am a Lecturer in Japanese in the School of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. My main area of interest is the traditional performing arts and the relationships between them. I am also interested in the use of multimedia resources in research on Japanese theatre. I am nearing completion of my current project, Progressive Traditions, which is a monograph and accompanying CD ROM on relationships between noh, kabuki and bunraku, examining the treatment of the Funa Benkei and Ataka/Kanjincho plots in these genres with reference to their historical background and contemporary performance. I maintain a website, Japanese Theatre in the 21st Century and a related e-mail discussion list (see website for details). Both are intended for people interested in Japanese theatre as academics, performers, theatre-goers or any combination thereof.

Ingrid J. Parker
Associate Professor of English & Foreign Languages (retired) at Norfolk State University (VA) and author of mysteries set in 11th century Japan.
My undergraduate background is from Germany (I read and write German), my graduate degrees from the U.S. None of it involved Japanese studies. I began research into 11th century Japan about 20 years ago because of a professional interest in the literature. However, by the mid-eighties I was reading for background for historical mystery novels set in Heian Japan. I know little Japanese and read only translations. My current interests pertain broadly to the culture and history of the period. I'm trying to learn as
much as I can. My academic research/publication is on the poet Shelley. The fiction is listed below:
Short stories:
"Instruments of Murder" (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Oct. 97); "The Curio Dealer's Wife" (AHMM Nov. 97); "A Master of Go" (AHMM Dec. 98); "Akitada's First Case" (AHMM July/August 99) Shamus Award winner in 2000; "Rain at Rashomon" (AHMM Jan. 2000); "The New Year's Gift" (AHMM April 2001); "Welcoming the Paddy God" (AHMM Dec. 2001), and two other stories are scheduled for publication in 2002.
Novels: Rashomon Gate* (June 2002, St. Martin's Press); The Hell Screen (Spring 2002, St. Martin's Press).
* the title was chosen by the publisher!

Kendal Korach Parker
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Asian Art
Research interests include Genji-e and Muromachi through Edo period Buddhist temple painting programs.

S. Lyle Parker
Ph.D candidate, Philosophy Department, Gakushuin University.
My field is Japanese intellectual history focussing upon the development of warrior thought -- both ethical and strategic. I am currently researching buke kakun from the Kamakura period through Sengoku. My other research interests include oraimono, and the transmission history of Chinese military thought in Japan.

Emanuel Pastreich <epast[at]>
Assistant professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Emanuel Pastreich works on 18th century Japanese literature, particularly novels. His dissertation concerned the reception of Chinese vernacular narrative in Korea and Japan (17-19 century). He has spent almost six years doing research in Japan, two years in Korea and one year in Taiwan. His work emphasizes a comparative approach to pre-modern Japanese literature that takes into account literature in the rest of East Asia. He has been assistant professor of Japanese literature at the University of Illinois for two years.

Rachel Payne
Lecturer, Department of Asian Studies, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
D.Phil. (Oxford) on Theatre Reform in Meiji Kabuki completed in December 2001
Field: Japanese drama and cultural history
Current project: History of Japanese theatre patronage, Noh masks in Western collections, Meiji theatre reforms.

Tim Pennington <tim[at]>
I'm a grad student in Japanese linguistics at UW-Madison, interested mostly in Japanese pedagogy. I was in Japan for about four and a half years, working a variety of jobs from day labor to technical translation.

George Perkins
Associate Professor at Brigham Young University. Ph.D. from Stanford back when Leland was still alive.
My area of specialty is Medieval Japanese literature, I guess. My translation of Masukagami finally appeared last year. I'm thinking about maybe doing a translation of "Heiji monogatari" next (with a colleague at Waikato University in New Zealand, Mike Roberts) if we finally decide no one else is already doing it, and the dissertation out of Berkeley is not to be published finally. (If any of you know, please let me know.)
*The Clear Mirror: A Chronicle of the Japanese Court During the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) (Stanford, 1998).

Lynette Perkins
My PhD is in Political Science, but I am currently doing a translation (J to E) that has led me to research Edo period authors.

Gian Piero Persiani <gp2029[at]>
PhD student at Columbia University. Interests include premodern poetry and poetics, social history, philosophy of language, theory of literature.

Gregory M. Pflugfelder
Assistant Professor, EALAC/History, Columbia University
Publications: // Seiji to daidokoro: Akita-ken joshi sanseiken undōshi (1986) // "Strange Fates: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Torikaebaya Monogatari" (MN 47.3, 1992) // Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950 (Univ. of California Press, Sept., 1999)

Quitman E. Phillips
Professor of Japanese Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison specializing in the late medieval period. My focus has recently shifted from the Kano and Tosa schools toward art related to popular religious practices.
Major publication: The Practices of Painting in Japan, 1475-1500 (Stanford, 2000)

Alexander Philippov
*St-Petersburg, Russian Federation.

Joan Piggott
Gordon L. Macdonald Professor of Pre-1600 Japanese History & Director of the Project for Premodern Japan Studies. History Department. University of Southern California. I work in the areas of classical kingship, church-state relations, family and gender history, temple/estate history, and urbanism. I have recently published The Emergence of Japanese Kingship and "Chieftain Pairs and Corulers: Female Sovereignty in Early Japan" in Tonomura, Walthall, & Wakita eds., Women and Class in Japanese History . Dorothy Ko, JaHyun Haboush, and I are editing a volume of essays on gender and Confucianism in premodern East Asia; and I am currently working on two additional volumes--a new edition of Richard Miller's Japan's First Bureaucracy and a volume of translated and annotated historical essays tentatively entitled, Capital and Countryside in Early and Classical Japan, 500-1200. I have also completed a translation of the Shin sarugakuki that I plan to publish with several essays concerning aspects of Heian urbanism circa the year 1000. I wish that I could say the latter would be ready in the second millenial year but I fear that would be too optimistic.

Adrian Pinnington
Waseda University.

Noel Pinnington <noelp[at]>
affiliation = Kyushu University and University of Arizona
Asst Professor of Japanese Literature, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson. [Now 
Research Interests: Pre-modern Japanese intellectual and literary history.
Teaching: Pre-modern Japanese literature and language.
Work in progress: Death in the Japanese Literary Tradition.
Traces in the Way: Michi and the Writings of Komparu Zenchiku, Forthcoming from Cornell East Asia Series.
A handbook of approaches to teaching about Japan to non-Japanese, (co-edited with Richard Bowring), Kyushu University Press, 2001.
"Crossed Paths: Zeami's transmission to Zenchiku," Monumenta Nipponica, 52:2 Summer 1997. [JSTOR]
"Invented origins: Muromachi interpretations of okina sarugaku," Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 61:3, 1998. [JSTOR]
* URL at Department of Contemporary Asian Cultural Research, Kyushu University.

Morgan Pitelka <mpitelka[at]>
Assistant Professor, Asian Studies and History, Occidental College, Los Angeles
My focus is Japanese history, particularly premodern Japan and its modern afterlives. I am currently working on two projects. The first is a monograph, tentatively titled Tokugawa Ieyasu: Shogun, Deity, National Hero, focusing on three interconnected stories: the cultural and social practices of Tokugawa Ieyasu; the social lives of objects he collected in the Tokugawa period; and Tokugawa Yoshichika's founding of the Tokugawa Art Museum in 1935. The second project is an edited volume titled Alternative Histories of the Samurai: Cultural and Social Practices of "Warriors" in Premodern Japan.
Publications: Morgan Pitelka. Handmade Culture: Raku Potters, Patrons, and Tea Practitioners in Japan. University of Hawai'i Press, 2005. Morgan Pitelka, ed. Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History, and Practice. RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. Jan Mrazek and Morgan Pitelka, eds. Situating Asian 'Art Objects' in Ritual, Performance, and the Everyday. Under advance contract to the University of Hawai’i Press. Morgan Pitelka. "Tea Taste: Patronage and Collaboration among Tea Masters and Potters in Early Modern Japan." Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Fall-Winter, 2004; "Raku Ceramics: Tradition and Cultural Reproduction in Japanese Tea Practice, 1574-1942," Ph.D. diss., Princeton University, 2001. [abstract`]

Miika Pölkki
I am a graduate student at the University of Helsinki. I am researching the patterns of associative thinking in classical Japanese literature (main text being Makura no sōshi). Main research interest: Classical literature, Edo-period parodies of classical texts, and general theory of poetics

David Pollack
University of Rochester
Currently working on a project, provisionally entitled "POWER, SPECTACLE, THEATER, STAGE DESIGN, URBAN DESIGN," examining the relationship between the city of Edo and the art and theater that reproduced it -- not merely the city on stage and in art and lit, but the city AS stage and art and lit.

*Reading Against Culture : Ideology and Narrative in the Japanese Novel (1992); The Fracture of Meaning : Japan's Synthesis of China from the Eighth Through the Eighteenth Centuries (1986, O.P.); Zen Poems of the Five Mountains (1985)

Clare Pollard <cpollard[at]>
Curator of the East Asian Collections, The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (
My doctoral research was on Makuzu Kozan and Meiji ceramics, but I am now particularly interested in Edo period emaki and ehon and illustrated printed books.

Michael Pye <pye[at]>
Professor of the Study of Religions at Marburg University, Germany, until retirement in 2004. Guest Professor at Otani University, Kyoto (2005-2008). Sometime President of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR, 1995-2000). BA/MA Cambridge Univ., England, PhD Leeds Univ., England, Dr Theol h.c. Univ. of Helsinki, Finland. Main fields of interest: Buddhist studies, history of Japanese religions, contemporary Japanese religions, comparative study of religions. Not an expert in pmjs, but a learner. Books very broadly relevant to the list: Skilful Means, A Concept in Mahayana Buddhism (2nd ed. Routledge 2004), translations from Tominaga Nakamoto (1715-46) in: Emerging from Meditation (Duckworth and Univ. of Hawaii Press 1990). 

Aragorn Quinn
 I am an MA candidate in Japanese at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I am currently researching Japanese-English translation and translation theory.

Charles J. Quinn <quinn.3[at]>
East Asian Languages & Literatures
The Ohio State University
History of Japanese, teaching early texts/language; present-day language pedagogy
Situated Meaning: Inside and Outside in Japanese Self, Society and Language (ed. with Jane M. Bachnik, Princeton 1994), articles on historical topics.

Hari Raghavacharya
Dept. of Japanese Literature, Faculty of Letters, Hokkaido University
Phd candidate in Japanese philology. Currently engaged in completion of my dissertation on "Philological study of Tsurayukishu". Compiled a database of major manuscripts of TSURAYUKISHU, kana by kana, recording errors (individual and collective) in manuscripts compared against a base manuscript. Areas of interest, Waka, Classical dictionaries.

Robert B. Rama < rrama[at]>
I am a PhD candidate at University of Michigan doing research at the University of Tokyo on the reception and adaptation of Wang Yangming thought in Japan. I will examine the close connection between Tokugawa studies of Chinese social philosophies and the traces of medieval Zen poetics first formulated by Shunzei and Teika (among others) that continued to serve as a vital force in the primary education of urban-based thinkers in the early Tokugawa period. Literature and philosophy were not distinctly separate enterprises for thinkers as Sorai and Jinsai, and this is true as well for thinkers such as Banzan and Miwa Shissai, who were interested in Yangming thought. Shissai's translation of Yangming's work, bearing as it does the mark of an education centered on poetics, thus provides an example of how ethical and aesthetic ideals did not operate independently in the Tokugawa period.
* Liars Monks and Tengu: A Graded Reader for Students of Japanese. Crestec Publications, 1988.

Fabio Rambelli
* Department of Cultural Studies , Sapporo University

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen
Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
*Heart's Flower : The Life and Poetry of Shinkei (1994)

Christian Ratcliff
I'm in the Ph.d program at Yale. I am working on the nature of cultural commodification in the medieval period, especially the relations between literary and non-literary pursuits (right now, kemari). My focus is on the thirteenth-century figure Asukai Masaari.

Eric Rath
I am assistant professor of premodern Japanese history at the University of Kansas. My speciality is late medieval and early modern (16th-18th centuries) cultural history broadly defined to include the performing arts, thought and food. I am currently completing a manuscript on the professionalization of noh theatre from the time of Zeami to the modern period focusing on how ritual, myths, and secret writings have helped to form the ethos of the noh profession. My next project is on secret writings and popular discourse on food in the early modern period. I have studied and perform noh dance and chanting, shoulder-drum (kotsuzumi), and nagauta shamisen.
*See longer bio. with bibliography at University of Kansas [url]

Vyjayanthi Ratnam see Vyjayanthi Ratnam Selinger

Rein Raud
Professor of Japanese Studies (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Acting Professor of Asian and Cultural Studies (Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn, Estonia). The "cultural studies" mean what the words initially meant and not what they have come to mean.
Main research interests: classical literature, worldviews and history of ideas, general theory of culture. My book The Role of Poetry in Classical Japanese Literature (Tallinn, 1994) deals with the poetic language of the Kokinshū and with its influence on the initial stages of development of Japanese prose.
*The Role of Poetry... (Tallinn, Estonia: Eesti Humanitaarinstituut, 1994) was reviewed in German by Klaus Vollmer in NOAG 153 (1993),113-116.

Jacob Raz <razjac[at]>
at present: chairman, dept. east asian studies, tel aviv university [nearly 500 students of japanese and chinese studies, including languages]
B.A. tel aviv university, asian philosophy
M.A. tel aviv university, japanese aesthetics
PhD studies, Waseda University; PHD, tel aviv university, PhD dissertation: Actor-audience relationship in the japanese traditional theatre.
- 1977 - to date, teaching of various subjects on japanese culture, theatre, poetry, aesthetics, philsophy [esp. zen], and anthropology.
- publications on japanese theatre, aesthetics, folklore, anthropology [a major book in japanese: The anthropology of yakuza, published by Iwanami Shoten], and zen buddhism.
- translated, with annotation and commentary, zen buddhist texts from chinese and japanese in to hebrew, as well as japanese classic and modern literature, poetry, diaries and so on [at present, translating Basho's Oku no hosomichi]
- researching and teaching zen buddhism and psychotherapy.
- history of zen practice for over thirty years. Leading a zen dojo in Israel.

Julia Reuß [Reuss] <Julia-Reuss[at]>
Museum Service Cologne, Germany

Cris Reyns-Chikuma
Visiting Assistant Professor at Colorado College. I have a Ph.D. in French (but really in comparative literature, comparing the concept of holocaust in French, American and Japanese literatures); I am now finishing my Masters in Japanese. At the same time I am looking for a job in comparative literature. I am now teaching a course on "Japanese Literature" and another class on "Orientalism: Japan/France/America" at CU Boulder. I am primarily interested in Japanese cinema. And I am co-organizing a colloquium on "Japanese Women Filmmakers" to be held in October 2000 at CU Boulder and CC (Colorado).

Kenneth L. Richard
Siebold University of Nagasaki, Dept. of Multi-Cultural Studies. Major field for years has been the monogatari of the late Heian period, post-Genji. See 'Mama Trauma in The Tale of Genji' in Mothers in Japanese Literature (UBC, Asian Studies 1997). Author of Depilautumn and other Poems by Nakahara Chuya (Univ. of Toronto-Joint Centre 1981), Night Blooming Plums-Poems from Yosa Buson (Aliquando Press 1988). A translation of 'Desert Dolphin' by Masahiko Shimada appears in Oxford Book of Modern Japanese Short Stories (Oxford 1997). He promises to have his web site for Japanese Literature on line again, with gratitude to Michael Watson for listing it on his site, as soon as Siebold University, new in 1999, can find 5mb or so of available bandwidth. Working since 1971 at the University of Toronto in Canada, Ken Richard has taken up a broader range of courses in Comparative Culture in Nagasaki. In Sept.1999 he spoke at the conference at UBC in Vancouver, Canada in honour of Prof. Kinya (Ken) Tsuruta on 'Sadakichi Hartmann (1867-1944)-From Dejima Boy to the Bundy Drive Boys,' first in a series of reports on the cross-cultural contributions of those born, raised, repatriated, or who passed through Nagasaki.

E. Michael Richards
research and performances of new music by Japanese composers including Akira Nishimura, Joji Yuasa, Tokuhide Niimi, Masataka Matsuo, Mamoru Fujieda. co-organizer, with Kazuko Tanosaki, of Music of Japan Today 2003 in Baltimore and Washington DC -

Andreas Marcel Riechert <riechert[at]>
PhD candidate, Tübingen University, Germany.
Research interests: Edo period historical linguistics, confucianism ( esp. Kaibara Ekken);  knowledge modelling, description logic; cognitive science, semantics; natural language engineering (esp, classical Japanese).

Jeremy Robinson <robinsonj[at]>
Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature at Washington & Lee University.  My primary area of specialization is premodern Japanese poetry, particularly that of the Man'yoshu, but my research interests are broad, including the role of humor in Japanese literature, the relationship between literary and performance genres, and works which combine text and image.
    PhD from Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. My dissertation concerned the selective adaptation of Chinese philosophy and literary norms in the poetry of the Man'yoshu poets Yamanoue Okura and Otomo Tabito.

Kenneth R. Robinson
I am Assistant Professor of History at International Christian University, in Tokyo. My research focuses on foreign relations in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, particularly Korean-Japanese relations.

Laurel Rasplica Rodd
East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
I have worked on both Buddhist literature and waka, have published a translation of Kokinshu, am nearly done with a first draft of Shinkokinshu, and am working when I can find time on Yosano Akiko as well. I've been too busy chairing our department at Colorado and serving as President of ATJ for the past few years to make much progress on my writing, but I am pleased to be working with graduate students in our new MA program now. Classes with them are a lot more fun than meetings!
*Kokinshu: A Collection of Poems Ancient and Modern (1984)

Roy Ron, Ph.D <jmp7a[at]>
Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo <>
Interests and research: medieval military history: Kamakura warriors, also working on sengoku warriors and warfare.

Brian Ruppert
I am Assistant Professor of Japanese Religions at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My major area of interest is early medieval Japan, focusing on the development of popular religion and esoteric Buddhism. My studies in popular religion focus on the development of Buddha relic veneration and of ritual exchange in early medieval Japan. My studies in esoteric Buddhism are concentrated on the development of scriptural treasuries in early medieval Japan. [url]
Recent Publications:
Jewel in the Ashes: Buddha Relics and Power in Early Medieval Japan (Harvard University Asia Center, Harvard UP, 2000). [info]

Barbara Ruch < bruch[at]>
Professor Emerita, Columbia University (retired in 1999 from teaching) (medieval Japanese narrative literature and cultural history; otogi zoshi; Nara ehon; etoki; heikyoku; women in Japanese literature, language, and culture; female religious experience in pre-Meiji Japan, etc.). Currently, still continuing as full-time Director of the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies at Columbia, where since 1989 we began, and since 1994 have focused almost exclusively on the sorely neglected area of religion, history, literature, and art represented in Japan's thirteen remaining Imperial Buddhist Convents (monzeki amadera in Kyoto and Nara). This work led also, since 1999, to a project of restoration and conservation of the rich archives and secular and religious art treasures held by these convents, which we run jointly with the World Heritage Foundation of Tokyo (Hirayama Ikuo, president). This spring of 2002 we are in the process of renovating and furnishing a new Resource Center in Kyoto, at Daikankiji, the bodaiji of generations of imperial princesses who became abbesses of nearby Daishoji monzeki convent. This small house next to the hondo has been donated to us as the Kyoto office for these research and conservation projects and will be devoted to encouraging the study of the literature, paintings and calligraphy created by these eminent nuns, to the imperial treasures they hold as artifacts, fabrics, utensils, etc., as well as to the histories and biographies of imperial convents and nuns from earliest eras up through the traumatic (for imperial nuns) years of the Meiji Restoration. I am eager to hear especially from scholars employed in the Kansai area as well as students there (or heading there) for graduate work, whose research interests touch on and whose work would therefore benefit from the sort of documents, paintings, nuns' portraits, calligraphy, fabrics, utensils, games, rituals, and customs, etc., emerging from our study of imperial convents. For related matters see the Institute's homepage at which includes related publications. Watch for our new Institute supported book: Engendering Faith: Women and Buddhism in Premodern Japan due out the fall of 2002 from the University of Michigan (Center for Japanese Studies) Press, edited by B. Ruch.

Bonaventura Ruperti
Professor, Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia Orientale, Universita Ca' Foscari di Venezia.

Paul Rouzer 
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Although I have worked and published in the field of Medieval Chinese literature, I have been drawn increasingly of late to kanshibun. I am currently researching the poetry of Rai San'yō and his generation.
Related Publications: "Early Buddhist Kanshi: Court, Country and Kūkai." Monumenta Nipponica, vol. 59, no. 4 (Winter 2004).

Ikuko Sagiyama
Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, Florence University, Italy.
My main area of research is Japanese classical literature, especially Court poetry (waka). My last publication is a Italian translation of Kokinshū. With some italian scholars, I am currently trying to organize a research team to work on Man'yōshū.
*Kokin waka shu. Raccolta di poesie giapponesi antiche e moderne
. Testo giapponese a fronte. [Facing Japanese (character text, not romanization)] 688 p. Milano: Ariele, 2000. ISBN 8886480458]

Tatsuo F. Saile <sanka[at]>
I am a graduate student focusing on pre-modern Japanese literature and Buddhist Studies at the University of Califonia, Berkeley. My primary area of interest is the relationship between Japanese literature and Japanese religion, particularly Buddhism. In attempting to understand and define this relationship more closely, I have worked on a number of different authors, genres, and time periods over the last several years, including 17th century setsuwa and kana zōshi, nō drama, and the waka poetry of the Sōtō-zen monks Eihei Dōgen and Taigu Ryōkan. My other interests include the development of the genre of secular ghost stories in Japan during the 17th and 18th centuries, early medieval Japanese setsuwa collectionss, and particularly the evolution, both doctrinal and ritual, of the various branches of Japanese esoteric Buddhism (mikkyō).
* 永平道元, 大愚良寛

Sakurai Yōko
Faculty of Letters, Komazawa University
area of research: medieval literature, Heike monogatari in particular.
* Heike monogatari no keisei to juyō 平家物語の形成と受容. Kyūkō shoin, 2001.

Jonah Salz <jonah[at]>
Ryukoku University
Director, noho theatre group. Adviser, Traditional Theatre Training
Professor, comparative theatre, Ryukoku University
Ph.D. Performance Studies, NYU

Jordan Sand
Social and culture historian of modern Japan, in the History and East Asian Languages and Cultures departments at Georgetown University. Main areas of interest: history of architecture, urban and domestic space, material culture, museology.

Asuka Sango <asango at>
I am a Ph.D candidate in Japanese Buddhism at Princeton University. My major area of interest is early medieval Japan, focusing on the relationships between Japanese Buddhist schools (especially Shingon esoteric school) and popular religions.

Stuart Sargent
I teach "Japanese Literature, Culture, and Society" at Colorado State University. [url] My research is in Chinese poetry (late 11th century), but I recently published an article on Bashoo and Chinese poetry in Delos. The article was adapted from a paper I presented at ICAAS in 1998.

Edith Sarra
*Associate Professor, Indiana University. Japanese language, classical Japanese literature, feminist literary theory.
*Fictions of femininity: literary inventions of gender in Japanese court women's memoirs. Stanford UP, 1999.

Minae Savas
I am a graduate student at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University. My major is Heian and Medieval literatures. I am generally interested in women's issues in pre-modern literature. For my thesis, I studied Noh play "Eguchi" with focus on the protagonist, yujo. For my dissertation, I would like to explore issues such as gender, sexuality, desire, power, exploitation, and so forth in mainly Heian Nikki literature and Medieval Setsuwa and Noh texts.

Bernhard Scheid <bernhard.scheid[at]>
I am a research fellow at the Institue for Asian Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, doing research on medieval and early modern Shinto.
My main publications are a book on Yoshida Shinto, published in 2001 (for an English abstract see; and a book on my previous research project, which deals with the conditions of old age as mirrored in Japanese medieval literature, published in 1996 (see
My CV in English is available at

Anna Schegoleva
I am a PhD student in Japanese religions at SOAS, University of London. In my prospective paper I am planning to look at the Japanese ghost stories, mainly new urban myths, with respect to folk beliefs and premodern concepts of the supernatural. Besides, I am interested in tracing the motifs in all kinds of kowai hanashi and visual interpretations of supernatural beings. My graduation paper at the Japanese Studies Dept. of the Oriental Institute, St. Petersburg, was devoted to tengu and their image evolution through Japanese cultural history. Other interests include: musha-e prints and Kuniyoshi school, mythology and folklore, fieldwork theory and method, censorship in art etc.

John Schmitt-Weigand
I am currently studying as a research student in the field of late medieval literature at Kanazawa University (Bungakubu/Kokubungaku kenkyuka). I was originally enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the University of Frankfurt am Main (Germany) where I also took my Master's degree in 1998. My main field of interest is late medieval fiction (so-called otogizoshi) in general and more particularly the question what changes these texts underwent (in their language, narratological structure, didactic contents etc.) during their reception and commercial exploitation as material for illustrated Nara ehon booklets and woodblock print editions in the 17th century. I am also interested in all questions concerning the relationship of text and picture in illustrated manuscripts, (picture scrolls, booklets) and other forms of illustrated literature. It would be a great pleasure to get into contact with anybody sharing these interests or doing research in a similar or related field.

Gil Schneider
Graduate of EAP European School of Management Studies (Paris) and Waseda University (Tokyo) where I obtained a LL.M. in Civil Law in 1986. Currently studying at Zurich University, Dept of Eastern Asian Art, focusing on Japanese art of the Heian and Kamakura periods.

Ethan Isaac Segal
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Japanese history at Stanford University, currently at the University of Tokyo Shiryo Hensanjo for my dissertation research. My area of concentration is medieval Japan, with the dissertation focusing on economic growth, trade, and the spread of markets during the Kamakura and Muromachi periods. Other projects and presentations that I have been involved with include tokuseirei, gift economy, proto-nationalism, women's history, and gender history.

Gaynor Sekimori
Associate Professor, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo. Appointed November 1, 2001.
Managing editor of new journal of Asian Studies to be published by the Institute in 2003.
Completed PhD at the University of Cambridge; dissertation on Haguro Shugendō and shinbutsu bunri, July 2000. Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions at SOAS October 2000-September 2001.
Reseach interests: Shugendō history and ritual. History of Haguro Shugendō, particularly kasumi system. Shinbutsu shugo, shinbutsu bunri. Shugo/Shugendō art. Female exclusion (nyonin kinsei).

Eiji Sekine
Eiji Sekine is an Associate Professor of Japanese at Purdue University. His major interest is in modern and contemporary literature (author of Tasha no shookyo: Yoshiyuki Junnnosuke to kindai bungaku, Keiso shobo, 1993, and author/editor of Uta no hibiki, monogatari no yokubo, Shinwasha, 1996) but is always interested in Edo literature also (some articles written on Saikaku, Shunsui, and Chikamatsu). He is secretary of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies and editor of the association's newsletter and proceedings (P(M)AJLS). He is the owner of the JLIT-L mailing list.
* c.v. online

Kyoko Selden
Senior Lecturer (Japanese), Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University. My current interest is preparation of Japanese literature readers with rubi and annotations.
Publications: Honda Katsuichi, Harukor: An Ainu Woman's Tale (Ainu minzoku) [translator]. University of California Press, 2000; The Funeral of a Giraffe: Seven Stories by Tomioka Taeko (Dōbutsu no sōrei) [cotranslator]. M. E. Sharpe, 2000; Kayano Shigeru, Our Land Was a Forest: An Ainu Memoir (Ainu no ishibumi) [cotranslator]. Westview Press, 1994; The Atomic Bomb: Voices from Hiroshima and Nagasaki [translator and coeditor]. M. E. Sharpe, 1989; Yoshiaki Shimizu ed. Japan: The Shaping of Daimyo Culture 1185-1868 [translator of Japanese language entries]. National Gallery of Art, 1988.

Lili Selden  <LSelden[at]>
Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin College
Dissertation title: "Discourses of Desire and Female Resistance in The Tale of Genji"
Areas of special interest:
Production, consumption, and patronage of visual and literary arts in Japan Censorship and revisionism in Edo, Meiji, and twentieth-century historical and literary texts. Narrative voice, subject position, and perspective in Japanese literature and cinema.

Vyjayanthi Ratnam Selinger <vselinge[at]>
Assistant professor, Asian Studies, Bowdoin College.
"Fractured Histories: Retrospections of the Past in the Gempei War Tales" (PhD dissertation, Cornell University, January 2007).
url at Bowdoin College.

Sudeshna Sen <sudeshna[at]>
Ph.D candidate, University of Oregon.
My dissertation focuses on a study of Sarashina Nikki and issues of textual performativity and female subjectivity. I am also interested in theoretical discussions regarding the status of the body, agency and minor literature particularly from a post-colonial or Deleuzian perspective.

Barbara Seyock <seyock[at]>
affiliation = Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (Germany), Dep. of Asian Studies, Institute of Chinese Studies
My fields of research are archaeology, early history and history of Japan and Korea, Korean-Japanese relations, archaeology of maritime East and South East Asia, historical archaeology, cartography, pirate history, and trade history. I got my M.A. from Bochum University (Germany) with the thesis "Die Residenz der Koenigin Himiko. Historische Nachrichten und archaelogische Befunde" (The Residence of Queen Himiko. Historical news and archaeological findings) and my Ph.D. from Tuebingen University (Germany) with the thesis "Auf den Spuren der Ostbarbaren. Zur Archaelogie protohistorischer Kulturen in Suedkorea und Westjapan"(Tracing the Eastern Barbarians - On the Archaeology of Protohistoric Cultures in South Korea and Western Japan).

Selected publications:
- "The Culture of Han and Wa around the Korean Straits. An Archaeological Perspective". In: Acta Koreana, 6:1 (2003) pp. 63-86.
- "Auf den Spuren der Ostbarbaren. Zur Archaelogie protohistorischer Kulturen in Suedkorea und Westjapan."  [=BUNKA - Tübinger interkulturelle und linguistische Japanstudien, BUNKA - Tübingen intercultural and linguistic studies on Japan, Band/Volume 8] LIT-Verlag, Münster-Hamburg-Berlin-Wien-London 2004. (ISBN 3-8258-7236-x)
- "Pirates and Traders on Tsushima Island during the late 14th to early 16th Century: As seen from Historical and Archaeological Perspectives", in: Schottenhammer, Angela (ed.): Trade and Transfer across the East Asian 'Mediterranean'. East Asian Maritime History, vol. 1, , Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 2005, pp. 91-124.

Peter D. Shapinsky <pshap2[at]>
I completed my Ph.D. in May 2005 at the University of Michigan and am now teaching East Asian history at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
My dissertation, "Lords of the Sea: Pirates, Violence, and Exchange in Medieval Japan," explored the development of autonomous sea-based domains by seafaring bands who--labeled pirates (kaizoku) by land-based powers--appropriated land-based discourses of lordship and considered themselves to be sea lords.  The project focuses on the three Murakami families (Noshima, Kurushima, and Innoshima)based in islands and chokepoints across the Inland Sea region.  This project explores the discursive constructions of 'sea-people' and seascapes. It examines the roles 'pirates' played in economic developments from the 14-16th centuries with a case-study of the shoen of Yugeshima and its seafarers,
looking especially at the roles sea lords played in the shift from a shoen economy to
a commercial economy and the rise of commercial shipping.  The project also examines the military aspects of sea lords as autonomous purveyors of nautical violence and their roles in Japan's 16th c. 'military revolution.'  Lastly, the project explores the participation of sea lords in overseas networks and the suppression of autonomous maritime power by Hideyoshi and later the Tokugawa.

My other current interests include medieval histories of gender, war, and the hybrid
nautical culture that developed in East Asia in the 16th and early 17th centuries, including portolan cartography, navigation, and shipbuilding.

Satoko Shimazaki
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. I am currently at the Waseda Theater Museum working on my dissertation, which will deal with representations of female ghosts in Bunka-Bunsei period Kabuki and literature.

Akira Shimizu <ashimizu[at]>
I am a graduate student in history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My current research is focused on issues on meat-eating practice during the Tokugawa period and relations between food and identities.

Hiraku Shimoda <shimoda[at]>
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. As of Jan. 2003, I am reseaching for my dissertation as a visiting researcher at Shiryo hensanjo at U. Tokyo. For my dissertation I am trying to write a social history of nation-state formation and political consciousness in Aizu between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.

Wayne Shimoguchi <wshimo[at]>
Foreign Section Librarian at Nagoya Shoka Daigaku. I hope to be able to tap into the collective wisdom of the members of this list in order to better serve the information needs of our library patrons.

Christine Shippey
I am a Ph.D. candidate at UC-Berkeley in the East Asian Languages and Cultures Dept. I am researching irogonomi and am particularly interested in Heian literature.

Haruo Shirane
*Columbia University, New York.
* Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900 (2002) // Traces of Dreams : Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Basho (1998) // The Bridge of Dreams : A Poetics of the 'Tale of Genji' (1987)
*Shirane, Haruo and Suzuki Tomi, Inventing the Classics: Modernity, National Identity, and Japanese Literature, eds. Haruo Shirane and Tomi Suzuki. ( Stanford UP, 2000) // Sozo sareta koten: kanon keisei, kokumin kokka, nihonbungaku (Tokyo: Shin'yosha, 1999).

Peter Schroepfer <schroepfer[at]>
I'm a Koreanist. I did my BA and MA in Classical Korean Literature at Yonsei University in Seoul. Currently I am finishing my Ph.D. at Leiden University in the Netherlands. My speciality is pre-modern Korean prose fiction, particularly popular fiction of the time dealing with love and romance. Specialists of things Japanese venture ("advance," "invade," etc) into Korean studies all the time.... and it can't hurt me to pay more attention to those islands over there way on the other side of the East Sea.

Sudeshna Sen <sudeshna[at]>
I am a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley. I completed my dissertation titled " Playing Selves: Tracing a Performative Textual Subject in Sarashina nikki" from University of Oregon in June 2002. My research interests include nikki bungaku, premodern material and visual culture, travel literature, film and critical theory.

Patricia Sippel
Toyo Eiwa University
My research interests are: taxes and fiscal policy in the Tokugawa domain; the history of mining; the history of water management.

Larry V. Shumway
Brigham Young University. I am an ethnomucologist with a background in Japanese traditional music as well as Tonga and the USA pioneer west. At Brigham Young my teaching has been Asian subjects in the humanities area and Japanese cultural history. My main work in Japan has been with a 19th century genre of music known as kibigaku which was a blending of gagaku and zokugaku. Kibigaku is currently found primarily in western Japan, namely around Okayama and survives because part of its repertoire is the ritual music for the Kurozumi-kyo.

Ilaria Signorini
My major field is Japanese Religion, and particularly rituals of the family from pre-modern to modern time. I am currently doing research at the University of Tokyo, (Dept. of Science and History of Religions), as a Post-Doctoral researcher.

Aaron Skabelund <aaron_skabelund[at]>
Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University. Social and cultural historian of modern Japan. Areas of interest include: imperialism, human-animal interactions, and relations between militaries and society.

Henry D. Smith, II <hds2[at]>
Professor of Japanese history, Columbia University. My research interests are in the history of Japanese urban and material culture in the early modern and modern periods, in particular the long 19th century (ca. 1770s to 1910s). Currently working on edited volumes about Chushingura (both history and legend), and the history of modern Japanese architecture from Meiji to the 1940s. For publications and teaching materials, see home page at

Michael J. Smitka
Associate Professor of Economics, Williams School of Commerce, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia
I am an economist at a liberal arts college interested in the auto industry and in economic history. In the latter area I edited a reprint series on Japanese economic history (7 volumes) for Garland Press, including many articles on the Tokugawa and bakumatsu eras. I'd like to write a piece comparing the Dutch Republic (de Vries and van der Woude, The First Modern Economy) with what I see as similar developments in 18th century Japan, but don't know when I will actually get that done.

Ivo Smit <i.b.smits[at]>
Lecturer, Centre for Japanese and Korean Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands. FIELD: classical Japanese literature (esp. Heian and Kamakura poetry). I try to focus on two areas: the relation between Chinese and Japanese poetry, and poetic networks and the relations between patrons and poets. In addition, I taught several courses on Japanese film. Meanwhile, the magic year 2000 has come and gone. What James Clavell failed to tell us is that when Will Adams (aka Richard Chamberlain) he washed ashore in Usuki Bay in April 1600, he was employed by the Dutch. The year 2000 therefore marked 400 years of bilateral relations between Japan and the Netherlands. Together with Leonard Blussé (Leiden University) and Willem Remmelink (Japan-Netherlands Institute, Tokyo) I am one of the editors of a memorial volume commemorating that history.
* The Pursuit of Loneliness: Chinese and Japanese Nature Poetry (Stuttgart: Steiner, 1995). ISBN 3515066683; (co-edited) Bridging the Divide: 400 Years The Netherlands-Japan (Leiden: Hotei Publisihing, 2000). ISBN: 907482224X. For recently published work see. For recently published work see biblio.

Sean Somers <sean_somers2002[at]<
I am a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, where I am affiliated with the Centre for Japanese Research. Areas of speciality:
- Meiji-jidai shōsetsuka. 芥川龍之介と古典
Utsuho monogatari
- Japanese poetics, 1400-1800 CE. 江戸時代の詩歌
- shodō history and stylistics

Joseph T. Sorensen
Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Davis. PhD dissertation Berkeley (2005): "Optical Allusions: Screens, Paintings, and Poems in Heian and Kamakura Japan."
[Previously, my graduate work focused on Fujiwara no Teika, the Shinkokin period, and poetry contests. My M.A. thesis was on "Monogatari nihyakuban utaawase" which compared and contrasted poems from Tale of Genji, Tale of Sagoromo, and other Heian and Kamakura narratives.]

David Spafford <istodeiz[at]>
I am a PhD student in Japanese history at UC Berkeley. I am interested in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, territorial definition of domains, borders and gray areas, kokujin and lesser bushi.

Maik Hendrik Sprotte <maik.sprotte[at]>
Assistant Professor, Institute for Japanese Studies, University of Heidelberg. Although mainly working in the field of modern Japanese history (e.g. early socialism movementin the Meiji era, the neighbourhood associations (tonarigumi) between 1941 and 1945), I am interested in themes of premodern Japanese history as well.
My profile:

Graham Squires
I teach Japanese at the University of Newcastle, Australia. I have three main research areas all of which have some connection with pre-Meiji Japan: firstly, the life and thought of the Meiji historian Yamaji Aizan; secondly, the historical geography of Japan; thirdly, inter-cultural
exchange in Japanese history. My major publications are: Yamaji Aizan, Essays on the Modern Japanese Church: Christianity in Meiji Japan, Translated by Graham Squires with Introductory Essays by Graham Squires and A Hamish Ion. (Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 1999) and 'Yamaji Aizan's Traces of the Development of Human Rights in Japanese History', Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 56, No. 2, Summer 2001, pp. 139-171. I also edit the newly established journal, Inter-Cultural Studies,

Mark Stanley
Documentary Producer and Digital Video instructor, University of Minnesota.
Award-winning producer of fine arts programming and currently involved with digital media design and programming. Have recorded Noh performances while working at the The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and met Richard Emmert there. In 2000 recorded in DV format a rare and excellent performance of the Kanze Noh Theatre Troupe here in Minneapolis. Would like to create a English subtitled version of the video, am open to collaboration and possible grants.

Matthew Stavros <mstavros[at]>
University of Sydney
I teach Japanese History in the Department of Japanese and Korean Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. Specializing in premodern Japanese history, my primary research interests include medieval and early-modern urban history, architecture, and the analysis of space as a function of power. Other areas of inquiry include premodern church-state relations, geomancy, and the accounts of early Europeans in Japan. My dissertation (Princeton 2005) is entitled: "Reading Ashikaga History in the Urban Landscape: Kyoto in the Early Muromachi Period, 1336-1467." Please feel free to contact me at <matthew.stavros[at]>

Brian Steininger 
Ph.D. student in Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures, Yale University.
I am particularly interested in the parallel discourses of Chinese- and Japanese-language poetics in the 9th and 10th century Heian court.

Lorraine Sterry
I am a post-graduate student at LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia. I have just begun work on researching the writing of British women travellers in Meiji Japan. I am particularly interested in the way that they viewed Japan compared to their view of China or India. I am interested in a wide range of writing, from the extensive writings of experienced 'professional' travellers to intimate personal diaries.

Amanda Stinchecum
I am an independent scholar specializing in the history of textiles in Ryukyu/Okinawa (and, to a lesser extent, of mainland Japan). Although trained in art history and classical Japanese literature, my work spans a number of disciplines, including history, anthropology and archaeologySince 1999, I have been working on a project examining the ritual context of ikat textiles in Yaeyama (southern Okinawa). In February I returned from a year as a Japan Foundation Fellow. I was a research associate at the Ishigaki Municipal Yaeyama Museum in southern Okinawa, where I pursued the history of an ikat-patterned sash to which ritual uses have been ascribed. A second, ongoing project deals with textile production as part of the taxation system of Kinsei Ryukyu. Few textiles from this region predate the 19th century, but documentary sources exist from the 14th century on. Although no early textile evidence has been found, excavated remains in Yaeyama suggest ties to SE Asia and Micronesia.
* Recent publications include: "Yaeyama ni okeru kasuri no gishiki-teki youto--sono jittai to Tounan Ajia kyouryuu no kanousei," Okinawa bunka kenkyuu 25 (1999), 33-41; "The Mingei Aesthetic," Orientations 29:3 (March 1998), 90-96; "Irony in Textile Design: Sue no Matsuyama--Images of Fidelity and Infidelity," in Amy Heinrich, ed., Currents in Japanese Culture: Translations and Transformations: 337-351. New York: Columbia UP, 1997; "Zaibei Ryukyu/Okinawa senshokuhin chousa: chuukan houkoku" (Survey of Ryukyun/Okinawan textiles in America: interim report), Okinawa Bunka Kenkyujo,ed. Okinawa bunka kenkyu 21 (Tokyo: Hosei University, 1995), 235-256; Mingei: Japanese Folk Art, with Robert Moes, Alexandria, Va.: Art Services International, 1995.
Address: 39 Remsen Street, #3A, Brooklyn NY 11201 USA

Jacqueline Stone
Princeton University, Dept. of Religion. Major field is Japanese Buddhism. Work to date has focused on Tendai, Nichiren, and Pure Land traditions. Author of Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism (Hawaii 1999). Current research includes project on deathbed ritual and approaches to dying (including religious suicide) in the medieval period.

Jack Stoneman
PhD candidate, Columbia University Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Presently conducting dissertation research as Japan Foundation fellow under Araki Hiroshi of Osaka University. Interests include pre-modern and modern Japanese literature, Asian art history, Buddhism, translation, noh, ceramics, and Saigyo.

Mark Stought
I am an MA student in the Japanese Dept. at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. My research interests are on Nanso satomi hakkenden, as well as contemporary Japanese music and pop culture.

Roberta Strippoli
Ph.D. candidate, Stanford University, and Substitute Assistant Professor, IUO Napoli, Italy.
I have been interested for a long time in otogizōshi, tales that found a written form mainly in the Muromachi period. While not forgetting otogizōshi, I am now working at my Ph.D. thesis on the shirabyōshi dancer Giō in Heike monogatari and later literature.
La monaca tuttofare, la donna serpente, il demone beone. Racconti dal medioevo giapponese. [The Errand Nun, The Snake Woman, The Drunken Demon: Medieval Japanese Tales.] Venezia, Italy: Marsilio Editori, 2001; "Origine ed evoluzione degli otogizōshi, racconti brevi di epoca Muromachi" [Origins and Evolution of otogizōshi, Short Stories of the Muromachi Period], Rivista degli Studi Orientali, LXIX:3-4, 1995 (1996).
*Roberta has provided us with a splendid Western-language bibliography of otogizoshi. (ed.)

Kendon Stubbs
I am deputy university librarian at the University of Virginia and coordinator of the Japanese Text Initiative at U.Va.'s Electronic Text Center (

Yui Suzuki 
From September 2006, I have joined the Dept. of Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland, College Park, as a full-time faculty member teaching Japanese art history. I specialize in the religious arts of Japan, particularly from the Nara, Heian and Kamakura periods. I am currently working on a book manuscript titled, "The Making of an Icon: Medicine Buddhas and Devotional Practices in Early Medieval Japan."

Suzy Styles
2001 Summer Research Scholarship (Current). Australian National University
Topic: Kitsune-nyoubo in folk tales and modern pop-culture.

Daniel J. Sullivan <djsulliv[at]>
 Graduate student at Stanford University, Department of Asian Languages.  I am working on the influence of classical Japanese literature in the early works of Mishima Yukio.

Suzuki Kazuko
I taught at a university in Tokyo until I retired in 1999. My specialty was contemporary British fiction. Publications: Japanese translations of novels by Penelope Lively and Bernice Rubens, and short stories by other writers; several books of reviews of novels by British writers. Along with literature, I have been greatly interested in the history of my own country, Japan--especially in its prehistoric periods.

Yui Suzuki
I am a PhD student in the department of Art History at UCLA.
My research interests are in the areas of religious images and ritual. For my dissertation, I work on investigating the role of Yakushi images in early Heian spirituality and practice.

John Szostak
University of British Columbia
 I am currently teaching as a sessional instructor in Japanese art history at the University of British Columbia.  My primary research area is nihonga of the late Meiji through early Showa eras. My dissertation is entitled "The Kokuga Sōsaku Kyōkai and Kyoto Nihonga Reform in the Meiji, Taishō and Early Shōwa Years (1900-1928)." I also have a strong interest in painting of the Edo era (particularly the Maruyama-Shijō tradition), ukiyoe culture, and Buddhist art and architecture.
* 国画創作協会回

Akiko Takata <Chilreio[at]>
Graduate student at Regional Studies East Asia program, Harvard University.
I received a B.A. in Japanese History in 1998, and a M.A. in Japanese Art History in 2001 from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. My M.A. thesis was on the problem of the creation date of the Medicine Buddha and its two attendants in the Main Hall of Yakushi-ji temple. I focus on Buddhist art of the 7th and 8th century Japan but I am also broadly interested in works from other time periods and areas.

Ginny Tapley <ginnytapley[at]>
I am currently in the 4th (final year) of a BA Japanese at SOAS, having worked previously as a translator (Spanish) and as a literary agent. I hope to continue to postgraduate studies in Japanese literature, and have a strong interest in translation. For my graduation thesis I am researching the use of supernatural phenomenon as a literary device in both premodern and modern Japanese literature.

Nicholas Teele
Doshisha Women's College
Have long been interested in waka, focusing on the Kokinshu. In the last couple of years I have become fastinated with the Saikoku-sanjusan-sho pilgrimage, and the goeika associated with it.

Mark Teeuwen
I teach Japanese language, history and religion at the University of Oslo. My main research interest is the history of kami worship and shrines, especially in the classical and medieval periods.
Main publications:

  • Watarai Shinto, an intellectual history of the Outer Shrine in Ise, Leiden: CNWS Publications 1996.
  • John Breen and Mark Teeuwen, eds, Shinto in history: Ways of the kami, Curzon/Hawaii 2000.
  • Mark Teeuwen and Bernhard Scheid, eds, Tracing Shinto in the history of kami worship, special issue of the JJRS, 29/3-4, Fall 2002.
  • Mark Teeuwen and Fabio Rambelli, Buddhas and kami in Japan: Honji suijaku as a combinatory paradigm, Routledge/Curzon 2003.
  • Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis
    Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis is Associate Professor for Asian/Japanese Art History at Boston University and also Associate in Research at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. She is author of Japanese Mandalas: Representations of Sacred Geography, The Revival of The Taima Mandala in Medieval Japan, co-author of Journey of the Three Jewels, translator of Pure Land Buddhist Painting and Narrative Picture Scrolls, and author of numerous articles on Japanese religious art and garden design.

    Sarah Thal
    I am Assistant Professor of History at Rice University. While most of my work is on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, I am interested in the role of religious practices in historical processes in any period -- e.g., the writing of the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki myths, or the redefinition of the gods at particular sites over time. I am currently revising my dissertation for publication as Rearranging the Landscape of the Gods: The Powers of the Sacred in Modern Japan.

    Mathew Thompson
    I am a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University. I will be writing my dissertation about the processes behind the cultural production of the Gikeiki and other Minamoto no Yoshitsune legends in the Muromachi and Edo periods.

    Hans Bjarne Thomsen <hthomsen[at]>
    I am a Ph.D. student in Japanese Art and Archaeology department at Princeton, and my dissertation will focus on Ito Jakuchu and the eighteenth century Kyoto art world. Other interests include early modern religious art and woodblock prints.

    Karen Thornber <thornber[at]>
    Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Research interests include: modern and premodern Chinese and Japanese literature and literary thought, modern Korean literature, literature of atrocity (atomic-bomb and Holocaust), religion and literature in Japan.

    Sybil Thornton
    Associate professor of premodern Japanese history at Arizona State University.
    My field of research is the Jishuh/Yugyoh ha. I teach courses in premodern Japanese history, Asian civilizations, women, film, and oral tradition. My introduction to and translation of Kohnodai senki (Record of the battle of Kohnodai; 16th c.) will appear in the next Oral Tradition (2000).

    Robert Tierney <rtierney[at]>
    Ph.D. candidate in Japanese literature at Stanford University. Although my primary research interest is in the field of modern literature, I am currently researching the writing of Kojiki and early Japanese nationalism.

     Elizabeth Tinsley <liztinsley[at]>
    I am an MA student at Otani studying Buddhist Culture. I completed an MA at SOAS in Japanese studies and studied art history for a year in Tokyo. I am now researching the female deity Niutsuhime.

    Eric Tischer <eric.tischer[at]>
    Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Colorado. I am a graduate student aiming for an MA in Japanese; my primarily focus is on premodern and modern poetry. Some other interests include theories of translation and the quixotic quest for poetic and non-silly English equivalents to pillow words in the Manyoshu. My thesis topic is Miyazawa Kenji's Haru to Ashura.

    Ronald Toby
    *Professor in the Dept of Korean Studies. Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, Faculty of Letters, Tokyo University.
    Selected publications: State and Diplomacy in Early-Modern Japan: Asia in the Development of the Tokugawa Bakufu (Princeton UP, 1984; "Kinsei Nihonjin no etonosu ninshiki" (Early-modern Japanese ethnic consciousness), in Yamauchi Masayuki & Yoshida Motoo, ed., Nihon imeeji koosaku: Ajia Taiheiyoo no toposu (Inter-implicated Japanese images: The Asia-Pacific topos). (Tokyo UP, 1997): 122-132; and "Imagining and Imaging 'Anthropos' in Early-modern Japan," in Visual Anthropology Review, 14, 3 (Spring-Summer): 19-44.
    Profile and fuller bibliography at:

    Alison Tokita
    Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University, Melbourne.
    Research interests: Japanese performing arts, especially sung narratives, such as koshiko shomyo, heike narrative, most branches of joruri, biwa music, naniwa-bushi etc. and music generally. Contemporary Japanese music; the influence of Japanese music on contemporary Australian composition; Australia-Japan cultural relations. Kiyomoto-bushi : narrative music of the Kabuki theatre. Basel : Barenreiter, 1999. 400 p. (Studien zur traditionellen Musik Japans ; Bd. 8) NOTE: Summary in English and Japanese; bibliography (p. [279]-290), discography (p. [291]-292) and indexes. ISBN: 3761814690. More bibliography here.

    Aldo Tollini
    Teacher of Japanese classic language in the University of Venice, Italy.
    Specialist in the history of the Japanese language,the Japanese classical language, and Japanese language teaching.

    Hitomi Tonomura <tomitono[at]>
    I am faculty in the Department of History and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. I am recuperating from a period of administrative overload, and enjoying the time to think about aspects of premodern gender relations once again. My current research includes the historical construction of [a particular kind of] ideal masculinity as it relates to the samurai and a comparative study of birth-giving. I am also co-editing a volume on the meanings and practices of privacy and the private in various pre- and early modern societies.
    * Community and Commerce in Late Medieval Japan: The Corporate Villages of Tokuchin-ho (1992); editor, Women and Class in Japanese History (1999).

    Zane Torretta <ztorretta[at]>
    First year PhD student at Columbia University in pre-modern Japanese literature

    Minna Torniainen
    University of Helsinki, Institute for Asian and African Studies. Right now I am working on my PhD-thesis entitled "The Idea of Wabi in Japanese Philosophy and Aesthetics - Through Chadoo-related Classical Literature". Main sources used are included in Chadoo Koten Zenshuu (1956) by Tankoosha. Thesis is basically divided into two: Wabi as a philosophical concept and wabi as an aesthetical concept. After finishing the thesis, summer-autumn 2000, I am interested to continue studying on 'the Concept of Spiritual training (shugyoo) in classical poetry (Shinkei), noh theatre (Zeami) and in chadoo (Nanpooroku and Yamanoue Soojiki).

    Page Traynor
    A published novelist working on a novel set in Heian Japan, I began research on the period over thirty years ago. I am a trained craftsperson of traditional Japanese dolls. My particular areas of interest include the social history of women and spiritual beliefs.

    Melanie Trede <mt54[at]>
    As of this semester, I teach Japanese art history at the Institute of Fine Arts which is the graduate school of art history at New York University. I wrote my dissertation at Heidelberg on pictorialisations of medieval narratives in the17th century, but am interested in all sorts of fields including medieval arts and architecture and contemporary visual culture.
    * Now professor of Japanese art history, Institut für Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens, University of Heidelberg.
    * Image, Text and Audience: The Taishokan Narrative in Visual Representations of the Early Modern Period in Japan. (Europaische Hochschulschriften. Reihe XXVIII, Kunstgeschichte, Bd. 399.) Hamburg: Peter Lang Verlag, 2004. 379 pages.

    Katja Triplett
    I graduated from Philipps University, Marburg Germany in 1996 and joined the German Institute of Japanese Studies in Tokyo as a stipendee in 1997. I am currently engaged in completing my dissertation on Japanese legends of human sacrifice, while being an independent researcher with residence in the Boston area. In my dissertation I analyze the ways legends of human sacrifice have been interpreted by Japanese scholars since the Edo-period as to the question of historicity of a Japanese cult of human sacrifice. My main fields of interest are mythology with a focus on setsuwa, engimono and otogizōshi; the syncretistic nature of Japanese religion(s); Buddhist iconography and religious art in general; museology and archiving.

    Kristina Kade Troost <kktroost[at]>
    Japanese Studies Librarian and Head, International and Area Studies, Perkins Library, Duke University.
    My research interests are in medieval Japanese social and economic history, but for now, the focus of my efforts is on building the Japanese collection at Duke and helping specialists find the information they need.
    Publications: 1997 "Peasants, Elites, and Villages in the Fourteenth Century," November 1997 in The Origins of Japan's Medieval World: Courtiers, Clerics, Warriors and Peasants in the Fourteenth Century. Jeffrey P. Mass, editor. Stanford UP; 1996-2002 Japanese Studies Resources <url> A comprehensive set of web pages for Japanese studies organized by subject which combine bibliographies of reference works, basic compendia and serials for a subject with links to relevant materials on the web. There are also guides to language and biographical dictionaries, serial holdings at Duke and serials indexes, East Asian collections in the United States and cooperative collection development agreements, web sites and Japan-related listservs with addresses and subscription procedures; 1990 "Common Property and Community Formation; Self-governing Villages in Late Medieval Japan 1300-1600." Harvard University, PhD dissertation.

    Carol Richmond Tsang
    I'm an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, working in Japanese history (Ph.D. Harvard University, History and East Asian Languages, 1995). At present I'm finishing up a manuscript on the ikko ikki (covering roughly the years between 1465 and 1580), and have started on a project on the Kansho famine of 1460-61.

    Kumiko Tsuchida 土 田久美子
     am a post-graduate student in the department of international communications at Aoyama Gakuin University. I am interested in the problems of translation of Japanese classical literature into foreign languages, especially into Russian. I am now analyzing the Russian translation of The Tale of Genji for my Ph. D. dissertation.

    Ian Tullis <itullis[at]berkeley.ed>
    affiliation = UC Berkeley
    I'm one of Mack Horton's graduate students, and I'm interested in medieval and Edo literature. I've left behind a career in biology and statistics, but I hope I'll be able to apply some techniques from those fields to textual analysis.

    John D. Ullrich
    I am a sixth year doctoral candidate in the EAS department of Princeton University. I am in the process of writing up my dissertation on the organization and activities of the Koufukuji clerical body between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries. My advisor is Prof. Martin Collcutt.

    Robert A. Ulmer 
    Currently working for a major Canadian bank, but still retains his love of Japanese literature. Translations of Kajii Motojiro stories ("Lemon") published in Oxford Book of Modern Japanese Short Stories (Oxford 1997), and ("Mating") in The Showa Anthology (Kodansha 1985). A Canadian who first came to Japan on a Monbusho in 1973 and completed his Ph.D. in Japanese language and literature at Yale.

    Hendrik van der Veere
    I studied Indology and Japanology at Leiden University, teaching there Buddhism and Japanese Religion now. My Ph.D. thesis was written about Kakuban. I received full initiation (denbo kanjo) in Shingon's Denboinryu (Buzanha) and am now doing research on the Shikoku pilgrimage, Kukai's Hizoki and Jiun sonja, amonst other things. My main interests lay in Tibetan and Japanese Buddhism and the devlopment of tantric Buddhism.

    Melinda Varner
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    I am a program associate for K-12 outreach related to Japan at the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado at Boulder and an adjunct faculty member teaching courses on Japanese culture, language and literature at Colorado State University. I completed the MA program in East Asian Studies at Yale in 2000. In 2004, I participated in the Kyoto Traditional Theater Training project's kyōgen group and have been subsequently offering experiential workshops on traditional Japanese theater to secondary and university students.
    My research interests include noh and kyōgen, Heian poetics, medieval tea culture and tracing classical themes in modern Japanese pop media.

    Alexander M. Vesey <avesey[at]>
    Assistant Professor of History. at Stonehill College.
    [original profile:] A graduate student in Princeton University's Department of East Asian Studies, I am completing a dissertation on the social history of the rural Buddhist clergy in the second half of the Tokugawa period. I frame the topic within the context of the Edo period status system (mibun seido) to explore the nature of the clergy's place and function within village society. Sub-topics examined within the study include the legal parameters of the clergy's status standing, the role of ecclesiastic education in the formation of status identiy, temples and clerics as elite elements within village structures, and the clegy's function as mediators in village disputes. Before coming to Princeton, I received an MA in Buddhist Studies at the University of Michigan, and trained at Tokufukuji in Kyoto.

    Susan Videen <videens[at]>
    Since writing my book on Heichū, I have gone to seminary, been ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister, and work as a chaplain at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
    * Tales of Heichu. Harvard UP, 1989.

    Keith Vincent
    I am assistant professor of Japanese lit. at New York University.  My work focusses on transformations of narrative voice, descriptive detail, and dicourse in the modern Japanese novel.  I'm also interested in Masaoka Shiki and the "reform" of classical poetry. 

     Alicia Volk <alicia.volk[at]>
    Post-doctoral Fellow, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London
    Although my primary area of research is Japanese modern art, I have tended to focus on topics that have strong links to the earlier arts of Japan, especially painting and prints. My dissertation on the Taisho-period oil painter Yorozu Tetsugoro, for example, examines the revival of nanga and the "return to the East" movement in modern art, and I am presently writing a text on 20th century byobu in relation to traditional models as well as to contemporary art practices. From summer 2006 I will be a Getty Fellow, and then move to Washington, DC to take up a position as Assistant Professor of Japanese Art History at the Univeristy of Maryland, College Park.
    Recent publications include: Made in Japan: The Postwar Creative Print Movement (University of Washington, 2005); Japan and Paris: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and the Modern Era (co-authored with Christine Guth and Yamanashi Emiko, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2004); "Yorozu Tetsugoro and Taisho-period Creative Prints: When the Japanese Print Became Avant-garde" (Impressions no. 26, 2004); and "Katsura Yuki and the Japanese Avant-garde" (Woman’s Art Journal 24, no. 2, 2003).

    Klaus Vollmer
    Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, Munich University, Germany. Major fields of interest and research: cultural history, historiography, premodern Japanese literature (specially waka poetry). Publications (in German) include two monographs on 'shokunin utaawase', articles on social history (focussing on marginalization and minorities in modern and premodern Japan) and representations of Japanese culture. Current projects include studies in sesshou kindan (laws prohibiting the killing of animals) and traditions of meat eating as well as a translation of articles by historian Amino Yoshihiko on Japanese historiography into German.
    *page at Hamburg / online bibliography

    Charlotte von Verschuer
    In recent years I did seminars on: clothing of Nara and Heian times), Translations of San Tendai Godaisanki (1072), Owari no gebumi (988), Zenrin Kokuhōki (1470), Fukaki Hōshiden (Shunjō's Travel Diary in China, 1199 to 1211); seminars on the Peasant's daily life from the first to the twelfth month in Heian time, the Tenson Kōrin myth in Nihonshoki, eating vessels of Nara - Heian, and the like. I love: mercury, not to drink myself but to watch ancient Chinese and Japanese drinking it (and then trembling); mountain villages in Japan where burn-and-slash agriculture was practiced until after the war; Chinese Song dynasty ink painting; Tamerlane; the Chinese Yunnan Province; traditional agricultural tools in Japanese village and city Minzoku Shiryokan (I have an Edo time hoe at my house).
    * Publications include: Le commerce exerieur du Japon, des origines au XVle siecle_ Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose, 1988; "Japan's Foreign Relations 600 to 1200 A.D.: A Translation from Zenrin Kokuhouki." Monumenta Nipponica 54:1 (1999); "Looking from Within and Without: Ancient and Medieval External Relations", Monumenta Nipponica 55(4) Winter 2000; "L'autre agriculture: les cultures sur br&ucircl;lis dans le Japon ancien", Journal d'Agriculture Traditionelle et de Botanique Appliquée, 37(2), 1995.["The other way: burn-and-slash agriculture in Ancient Japan"] // Le riz dans la culture de Heian, mythe et realite (Paris: Institut des Hautes Etudes Japonaises, 2003).

    Michel Vieillard-Baron <michel.vieillard-baron[a]>
    Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, Department of Japanese Language and Civilization, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales
    (Inalco/Langues'O), Paris.
    I work on Japanese poetics, focusing on Fujiwara no Teika. I have published Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241) et la notion d'excellence en poesie, Theorie et pratique de la composition dans le Japon classique (Paris: College de France, Institut des Hautes Etudes Japonaises, 2001, ISBN 2-913217-05-2). My other publications include: "The Power of Words: Forging Fujiwara no Teika's Poetic Theory. A Philological Approach to Japanese Poetics", in, Michel Hockx and Ivo Smits (eds.), Reading East Asian Writing, The limits of literary theory (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003); "Le cormoran, le heron et le lapin: a propos d'un corpus de traites de poesie apocryphes attribues a Fujiwara no Teika", in, Eloge des sources, Reflets du Japon ancien et moderne (Editions Philippe Picquier, 2004) and, "Voix croisees: la compilation du 'Shinkokin wakashuu' a travers les temoignages de deux protagonistes", in L'anthologie poetique en Chine et au Japon, Extreme-Orient Extreme-Occident no. 25, Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2003. I am presently going to study Teika's commentaries on Kokin wakashuu, reading the "Kenchuu mikkan" and the " Hekian-shou".

    Samu Virokannas <samu.virokannas[at]>
    Institute for Asian and African studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
    I am a graduate student in the Institute for Asian and African studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. My PhD dissertation topic is the roles and representations of the kami in setsuwa literature, especially in Kokonchomonjō. Fields of interest: intellectual history, history of various schools of Japanese Buddhism, Shinto-Buddhist relations, Heian & Kamakura era prose literature.

    Alexander Vovin <sashavovin[at]>
    affiliation = University of Hawaii at Manoa
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    Jos Vos
    I graduated in Japanese studies at the University of Oxford (U.K.) in 1999. Since 2003 I have been active as a full-time literary translator, specialising in translations from Japanese to Dutch. Three of my translations have so far appeared with Arbeiderspers, a leading Dutch literary publisher: two volumes of travel journals and haibun prose by Matsuo Basho, fully annotated--De smalle weg naar het verre noorden ["the narrow path to the far north"] and De herfstwind dringt door merg en been ["the autumn wind pierces marrow and bone"]--and the novel In za Miso Supu by Murakami Ryu (2005). The autumn of 2006 should see the appearance of the first comprehensive Dutch anthology of pre-Meiji era Japanese literature, under the title Eeuwige reizigers ["Travellers of Eternity"].
    In March 2006, I started work on the first Dutch translation of The Tale of Genji, to be published in Amsterdam by the literary publisher Athenaeum-Polak & Van Gennep.

    Michael Wachutka
    After studying Japanology and Sinology at Tübingen University in Germany, I obtained my MA in Comparative Culture/ Asian Studies from Sophia University in Tokyo. As a Ph.D. candidate at the Japanese Department in Tübingen, I am currently a research fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo, working on my thesis on the life, ideas and 'behind-the-scene' influence of the kokugaku scholar Iida Takesato (1827-1900) and other members of his 'Great Japan Academic Association' (Oyashima-gakkai). My general interest lies in all areas of Japanese history, but my focus now revolves around the shifting interpretation of Japanese mythology throughout the nativist movement spanning late Tokugawa and Meiji times, the adaptation of western academic ideas and methods by Japanese scholars in early Meiji Japan, and the role of kokugaku scholars in Meiji academic institutions.
    Publications: Klaus Antoni; Hiroshi Kubota; Johann Nawrocki; Michael Wachutka (eds.), Religion and National Identity in the Japanese Context, (Tuebingen, Germany, 2002) (BUNKA - Tuebinger interkulturelle und linguistische Japanstudien BUNKA - Tuebingen intercultural and linguistic studies on Japan, Bd./vol. 5, 2002, 304 S., LIT Publishers, Hamburg, Muenster, London. ISBN 3-8258-6043-4, Distributed in North America by: Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick (U.S.A.) and London (U.K.); Wachutka, Michael. Historical Reality or Metaphoric Expression? Culturally formed contrasts in Karl Florenz' and lida Takesato's interpretations of Japanese mythology. Hamburg, London: Lit-Verlag, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2001. [BUNKA - Tubinger interkulturelle und linguistische Japanstudien/ BUNKA - Tuebingen intercultural and linguistic studies on Japan, vol. 1]; "Matching kami with Modernity: an early Meiji intellectual's thought on electric light", in: Antoni, Klaus/ Kubota, Hiroshi/ Nawrocki, Johann/ Wachutka, Michael (eds.). Religion and National Identity in the Japanese Context. Hamburg, London: Lit-Verlag, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2002. [BUNKA - Tübinger interkulturelle und linguistische Japanstudien/ BUNKA - Tübingen intercultural and linguistic studies on Japan, vol. 5], pp. 217-234.

    Haruko Wakabayashi
    I have just relocated to Japan this summer after having taught at the University of Alabama for four years. Presently, I am teaching a course on the History of Tokyo at IES (the Institute for International Education of Students), and, at the same time, working on my own research. My field is in medieval Japanese history; I am particularly interested in studying social and cultural history with the aid of visual sources. My dissertation was on tengu as a symbol of evil (ma) in medieval Japanese Buddhism (Princeton, 1995), in which I used the emaki, "Tengu zooshi." I am presently working on revising it for publication. I have also been interested in how the medieval Japanese perception of Other and Foreign is reflected in the images of oni (i.e. demonization of Foreign). I will present a paper for the AAS next spring on how much of an impact the Mongol invasions had on the Japanese presentation (and imagination) of war (especially against foreign countries). Lastly, I was recently asked to contribute an article to a three-volume series in Japanese titled "Kankyoo to shinsei (mentalite) no bunka-shi." I am supposed to write something on "shizen kankyoo (natural environment) to shuukyooshi--aratana paasupekutibu (perspective)." I have an year to work on this project, and would like to do some reading in Western language on discussions about nature, enviornment, ecology & religion. I would appreciate if anyone could suggest any work on this subject.
    Publications: "Tengu zooshi ni miru Kamakura bukyoo no ma to tengu" in Gomi Fumihiko & Fujiwara Yoshiaki eds., Emaki ni chuusei wo yomu (Yoshikawa kobunkan, 1995); "From Evil Conqueror to the Devil King: Images of Ryoogen and the Transformation of Ma in Medieval Japanese Buddhism" in Monumenta Nipponica (Winter, 1999).

    Judy Wakabayashi
    Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent State University, Ohio.
    Research interests: Japanese-English translation, history of Japanese translation, translation theory and pedagogy.

    Glynne Walley <walley[at]>
    Graduate student, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard. I have an MA in Japanese literature from Washington University in St. Louis. My thesis was on the Akutagawa Prize in the 1980s. I am now working on my PhD at Harvard, and am considering working on late-Edo comic fiction. At the moment I am particularly interested in Hiraga Gennai.

    John R. Wallace
    Stanford University
    Heian memoirs (nikki) and prose (monogatari)

    Loren D. Waller
    I am currently enrolled in the master's program at Kyoto Prefectural University. My graduate thesis will be on gender in the Kojiki. I received my bachelor's degree from Willamette University in Japanese Studies, where I wrote my thesis on The Tale of Genji and Fujiwara no Michinaga. I am also interested in the Kokugaku movement.

    Anne Walthall
    *Professor of History. University of California at Irving.

    Sook Young Wang 王淑英
    Professor of Japanese Literature, Department of Japanese Studies, Inha University, Inchon, Korea. My research is on medieval Japanese literature: waka and renga. I have had several books published in Japan and Korea, for example:  Inventing the Classics: National Identity, Gender and Japanese Literature [translation of title], Seoul: Somyeong Press 2002, Jisanka Kochū Sōran [A Comprehensive Survey of Classical Commentaries on Jisanka Poetry] Tokyo:Tokai University Press 1995.

    Takeshi Watanabe
    Yale University
    I am just completing a PhD dissertation on Eiga monogatari.  My dissertation examines the work's representation of burials in a tamaya, the relationships between fathers and daughters, and mono no ke.  As an appendix, I have also translated the last ten books of Eiga.  I am currently working part-time at the Yale Art Gallery.

    Wang Yong
    Professor, Zhejiang University
    Author or co-author of numerous books in Japanese including
    -- Chugokushi no naka no Nihon-zou
    -- Shoutoku Taishi jikuu chouetsu

    J. Paul Warnick
    Brigham Young University

    Michael Watson <watson[at]>
    Professor of Japanese studies and comparative literature at Meiji Gakuin University (Yokohama). Resident in Japan since 1980. Research interests: Heike monogatari, its narrative and reception in the visual arts and noh. Doctoral thesis for Oxford (2003) on the narrative style of Heike monogatari. Originally trained in medieval European literature (Cambridge, Manchester, UK). [Recent biblio].

    Terry Waugh
    I am currently a student at the University of Sydney, Australia. My areas of interest include Japanese Buddhist history as well as East Asian medical history.

    Johan Wellens
    Research fellow at the Department of Oriental Studies, Section Japanology of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

    Michael Wert
    Ph.D student at UC Irvine.  Working on Tokugawa history.  Will be focusing on Oguri Kozukenosuke (Tadamasa) for my dissertation.  Recently presented conference papers on peasant swordsmen living in the Kanto plain during the 19th century.

    William Wetherall <bill[at]>
    I received a PhD in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley in 1982, with one foot in Oriental Languages (now East Asian Languages), into which I had transferred from Electrical Engineering, and the other in Anthropology. My dissertation, Following-in-Death in Early Japan, was a study of homicidal and suicidal funerary sacrifice in Japan, Korea, China, Central Asia, the Mediterranean, and Europe, through literature and archaeology. Since then, I've written on suicide, ethnicity, and prehistory in Japan, translated Japanese fiction, and published several original short stories. Wherever possible, I endeavor to link present-day social and other issues with the past, and consequently I make use of classical sources to illuminate human motivation and behavior today. I have used Ukifune in Genji to show that suicide as a complex interpersonal act has not really changed. Most recently, I have drawn on the Nihon shoki and other early texts to suggest the origins of population registers as an instrument of social control related to the determination of what is now called nationality. I am presently writing a novel involving some aspects of antiquity.

    C. Miki Wheeler
    I am a doctoral student at UC Berkeley. My M.A. thesis focused on the origins, development, and essential characteristics of wakan renku, Japanese-Chinese linked verse, a form of linked verse most widely composed from the late Muromachi to the Edo periods. My primary interest, however, is self-writing in the Heian and Kamakura periods. For my dissertation I am currently translating Tamakiharu, the "diary" of Kengozen, written around 1220 about the years surrounding the Gempei wars. My advisor is Professor H. Mack Horton.

    Leila Wice <LRW15[at]>
    Ph.D. candidate, Japanese History, Columbia University; currently based at the University of Tokyo's Historiographical Institute. I am in Japan through Spring 2001, conducting research for my dissertation on the social history of clothing codes from the mid to late nineteenth century.

    Johannes Wilhelm
    Born 1970. Currently student of Japanese Studies, European Ethnology and Comparative History of Religions at the University of Bonn. Interests: Japan's maritime culture, history of European-Japanese relations, Japanese folklore.

    Duncan Williams
    I'm a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard, but I'll be starting as a Visiting Professor of Japanese Religions and Culture next fall at Trinity College.

    Bruce Edward Willoughby
    Executive editor for the Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan. The Center publishes books on premodern language, literature, culture, and history in its Monograph and
    Papers series. It also publishes the John Whitney Hall Book Imprint.

    Steve Wills
    I'm a second-year MA student in Japanese history at Columbia. Although I've spent more time working on Meiji and Taisho than anything truly "premodern," I'm hoping to do more research in Tokugawa/Sengoku Japan in the near future. As a fledgling historian, I'm still trying to figure out where to concentrate my efforts, but I have an abiding interest in applying an environmental history perspective to the Japanese context. I'm currently trying to develop a thesis on the Kanto Daishinsai that will incorporate environmental methodology, and I'm hoping to expand this research to include disasters in premodern periods. This is the closest I can come to an area of specialization, but my interests are all over the map, including but not limited to intellectual and cultural history, gender studies, literature, and visual culture.

    Bradley Wilson
    I'm a graduate student working on my Masters thesis at Arizona State University with an expected graduation date of May 2008.  The subject of the thesis will be pre-modern literature and the use of onmyūdou/onmyūji as a device in the plot.  A special focus will be placed on the renowned Abe no Seimei.

    Tricia Wilson-Okamura
    I am a PhD candidate in Classical Languages and Literatures, specializing in Homer, at the University of Chicago. My interests are in martial epic, particularly Heike Monogatari, and Greek drama.

    Andrea Winter Erickson
    I am a graduate student at the University of Oregon. My interests are Genji monogatari, women and Buddhism, and bunraku.

    Pamela D. Winfield
    I am currently finishing my doctorate in the Department of Religion at Temple University. My area of interest is 'Religion and the Arts of Japan' in general; my dissertation is entitled "Kukai and Dogen on the Art of Enlightenment," It's basically a comparative investigation into issues of iconicity and iconoclasm in early Japanese Buddhism. From 2001-2002 I conducted dissertation research at Nichibunken under Dr. Yoritomi Motohiro thanks to a grant from the Cross-Cultural Institute (for grad students who don't know it, it's a pretty great deal). I then pursued independent research while living in Kamakura and teaching at Temple's branch campus in Tokyo. After I finish my degree in May (insha'allah), I will start a tenure-track position at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

    John Timothy Wixted <timwixted[at]>
    Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures, Arizona State University
    I have a published HJAS article on the Kokinshu prefaces, have taught semester-long Genji-in-translation courses twice, have a continued interest in kambun and Sino-Japanese cultural relations.
    *"a study of Chinese Influences on the Kokinshu Prefaces" in Laurel Raspica Rodd, tr., Kokinshu: A Collection of Poems Ancient and Modern (1984).

    Michael Wood
    I am at the University of Oregon. I am just beginning my doctoral program and I am interested in primarily Heian poetics, issues of patronage, etc. My master's degree work was on the Makura no soshi.

    Yuchao Wu
    Graduate student at UMass Amherst
    Mostly classical studies, late Heian and Muromachi --prose and poetry, translation and script reading.

    Diana E. Wright
    Asst. Professor Japanese History, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA
    PhD., University of Toronto 1996
    Areas of specialization:
    Edo Japan in general--Religio-political sphere & Women's History in particular Publications:
    "Female Combatants & Japan's Meiji Restoration: the case of Aizu" War in History, (Fall 2000) // "Mantokuji: More Than A Divorce Temple", chapter in Engendering faith : women and Buddhism in premodern Japan, Barbara Ruch, ed. (Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, 2002); "Severing the Karmic 'Ties That Bind': The Divorce Temple Mantokuji", Monumenta Nipponica 52/3 (Autumn 1997): 357-80.

    Janick Wrona <wrona[at]>
    JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
    Department of Linguistics
    Kyoto University
    Research interests: Complement clauses and relative clauses in Old and Early Middle Japanese, syntactic changes in Old and Early Middle Japanese.
    Recent publications:
    Wrona (Forthcoming a), A Study in Old Japanese Syntax: Synchronic and diachronic aspects of the complement system, volume 4 in the series The Languages of Northern and Central Eurasia, Alexander Vovin (ed.), Global Oriental: London.
    Wrona (Forthcoming b), " Specificational pseudoclefts in Old Japanese " in Folia Linguistica Historica volume 26.
    Wrona (Forthcoming c), "The Modern Japanese complementisers no and koto and their Old Japanese precursors: A diachronic explanation of free variation " in Anna McNay (ed.) Oxford Working Papers in Linguistics.

    Rose Wunner
    Graduate student. M.A. at Berlin Humboldt University on Mori Ogai.
    Present research focusses on ethics and etiquette during the Meiji era and their representation in the works of Mori ōgai. 1999/2000 at Tokyo University, then Cambridge University, UK.
    Publications: Mori ōgai: Studies and Translations in Western Languages - A Bibliography. Berlin, Japonica Humboldtiana 2 (1998).
    * a translation of a play by Mori ōgai into German: Mori ōgai: "Das Perlenkästchen und zwei mit Namen Urashima" (Tamakushige futari Urashima). Kleine Reihe 2. Berlin: Mori-ōgai-Gedenkstätte der Humboldt-Universität, 1997.

    Naoko Yamagata <N.Yamagata[at]>
    I am a classicist by training [BA (ICU), MA (Tsukuba), MA & PhD (London)] and specialised mostly in Homer, but have done a little bit of comparative work on Homer and the Tale of the Heike, and am very much interested to continue my research in this area. Professionally, I was a full time lecturer in Classics at University of Wales, Lampeter, from October 1995 till the end of March 2000, and have just moved to the Open University in London as a lecturer (staff tutor) in Classical Studies.
    Publications: Homeric Morality (Leiden 1994) // 'Young and old in Homer and Heike monogatari' in Greece & Rome 40 (1993): 1-10; "Homeeros to 'Heike monogatari' ni okeru kami no kengen no hikaku--chooshizen genshoo wo ika ni yomu ka" [Epiphanies in Homer and in the Tale of the Heike--Reading the Supernatural in Literature]" Gengo bunka (Meiji Gakuin Univ.) vol. 14 (1997): 1-16; Review of Mae J. Smethurst, The Artistry of Aeschylus and Zeami in Journal of Hellenic Studies 111 (1991): 218-19.

    Hilofumi Yamamoto
    PhD student at Japan Centre, Australian National University.

    Sharon Yamamoto
    I am a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley studying Japanese art history. I am interested in the relation between gender and art practice, patronage and reception in premodern Japan.

    Yumiko Yamamori
    Ph.D. student in the study of history of decorative arts at Bard Graduate Center, New York. My major interest is the Meiji export artifacts and their cultural context.

    Yamashita Hiroaki
    *Professor Emeritus of Nagoya University, now teaching at Aichi Shukutoku University in Nagoya. Field of study: Heike monogatari and other gunki monogatari. Author of numerous books and articles. Editor of Meiji shoin Heike monogatari (1975), Shinchosha Taiheiki (1977) and other texts. Co-editor of Shin-NKBT Heike monogatari (1991, 1993) now available in revised paperback edition (Iwanami bunko, 1999). Recent studies include Katari toshite no Heike monogatari (Iwanami, 1994) and Heike monogatari yasaka-kei shohon no sogoteki kenkyu (1996). The only work to appear in English is "The Structure of "Story-telling (Katari) in Japanese War Tales with Special Reference to the Scene of Yoshitomo's Last Moments," Acta Asiatica 37 (1976): 47-69.

    Kikuko Yamashita <Kikuko_Yamashita[at]> 山下貴久子
    Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at Brown University. Area of spedialization is Historical Linguistics.

    X. Jie Yang <xyang[at]>
    Associate professor at the University of Calgary, Canada, where I teach Japanese language and Japanese literature. During graduate study in Kyoto University I studied Genpei Josuiki, a special edition of Heike Monogatari. In recent years, I am much more interested in emaki (picture scrolls). Currently I am invited as a visiting associate professor at Nichibun-ken (International Research Center for Japanese Studies) in Kyoto. My topic is "Picture Scrolls and the Multi-media." I am working on a project as a continuation to my recent publication "kanaCLASSIC" , to present the classical works as well as our academic knowledge through the powerful new technology.
    --kanaCLASSIC can be ordered from (link above). Further information from: Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies or Columbia UP

    Toshiko Yokota
    PhD "Buson as Bunjin: The Literary Field of Eighteenth-Century Japan"
    Assistant professor at California State University, Los Angeles (Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures)

    Gerry Yokota-Murakami
    PhD: East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Princeton University, 1992
    Position: Professor, Osaka University
    Major Publications:
    (1) The Formation of the Canon of Noh: The Literary Tradition of Divine Authority (Osaka UP, 1997)
    (2) Translation Editor, Gender and Japanese History, 2 vols. (ed. Wakita Haruko, Anne Bouchy, and Ueno Chizuko, Osaka UP, 2000)
    Joint Research Projects at ICRSJ (NichiBunKen, International Center for Research in Japanese Studies):
    (1) Women in Japanese Literature: Representation and Self-Expression (with Haga Toru, 6/95-3/97)
    (2) Japan's Transition to Modernity (with Inami Ritsuko, 4/97-3/99)
    (3) Noh as Living Theater (with Jay Rubin, 7/00-3/01)
    Current Interest: Revivals of noncanonical noh (fukkyoku)

    Joshua Young
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of East Asian Literature, Cornell University.
    I am currently working to finish a dissertation on performance theory in writings on performed storytelling (wagei), particularly rakugo, in Nineteenth-century Edo.
    *"Crosscurrents: Language Styles and Codes in the Nineteenth Century: Making the Scene with Shikitei Sanba" (abstract of AJLS talk, 2000)

    Reinhart Zoellner
    East Asian History, the University of Erfurt, Germany.
    A feature of my URL of possible interest to members of the mailing list is the section called "komon sensu" which offers exercises in reading handwritten Edo period sources.

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