Tag Archives: Japanese language

Resource: Learning classical Japanese through Taketori Monogatari

The scholars of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department at Ohio State University have produced a wonderful website for studying and practicing classical Japanese: Taketori Monogatari. The website dissects passages from this classic tenth-century tale (known in English as … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: ABC Dictionary of Ancient Japanese Phonograms

University of Hawai’i Press has just published John R. Bentley’s ABC Dictionary of Ancient Japanese Phonograms, the first comprehensive dictionary of man’yōgana. It is the ninth entry in the ABC Chinese Dictionary Series edited by Victor Mair. The 600-page volume is … Continue reading

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Workshop: 2016 Reading Kuzushiji Workshop

The Japan Committee of the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the 2016 Early Modern Japan Summer Workshop: Reading Kuzushiji. The workshop will meet from June 13th-17th and will be led by Professor Ken’ichiro Aratake of Tohoku University’s Northeast Asia … Continue reading

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Workshop: Reading Kuzushiji and Hentaigana

University of Pennsylvania The Penn Faculty Working Group for Reading Asian Manuscripts will hold a three-day workshop on reading Edo-period hentaigana and kuzushiji August 17-19, 2016, and invites applications from faculty and graduate students from all fields of Japanese studies to … Continue reading

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Funding: Isaac Alfred Ailion Foundation Fellowship

We are happy to announce that the Isaac Alfred Ailion Foundation now accepts applications for fellowships at Leiden University’s Asian Library. All information can be found on the website at  http://library.leiden.edu/special-collections/scaliger-institute/research/isaac-alfred-ailion-fellowship.html The closing date for applying for the Isaac Alfred … Continue reading

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Kuzushiji Reading Resources

If you are researching premodern Japan or simply pursuing calligraphy for fun, you should become familiar with kuzushiji 崩し字, or cursive characters, in your primary resources. This is a highly specialized skill that takes a great deal of time to … Continue reading

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Resource: Komonjo website

One of the premodern document types that receives the least attention in terms of English-language learning resources is komonjo, documents such as letters or official orders that are outside the purview of more narrative works such as diaries or literary … Continue reading

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