This unit has been studying books that Christian missionaries wrote in Japanese from the perspectives of religion, thought, language, literature, and illustrations. In the three years of the first half of the study, the research focused particularly on “words,” revealing the influence that mission activities of and books written or brought in by foreign missionaries had on Japanese literature.
With that research as a foothold, in the second half-term the unit is planning to expand upon its examination of “illustration.” We have developed and made available a Database of Early Modern Illustrated Encyclopedias to examine how the words and images featured in books the missionaries brought in to Japan influenced early modern to early Meiji period publications. Our hope for this term is to expand the content of the database to design an influential survey/research/information collection tool for literature, art, medical science, religion, clothing, and various other fields, thereby coordinating each unit’s studies with illustrations, encyclopedias, and dictionaries and promoting the development of comprehensive bibliographical studies.

March 2020
Research Representative: YAMADA Shoji






    Speaker: Aki Ishigami, Mizuho Kamo, Iwao Nagasaki, En Isomoto, Natsuko Takasu, Shoji Yamada,
    Date: 20, Mar 2022
    Venue: Online



    Speaker: Aki Ishigami
    Date: 22, Jan 2022
    Venue: Conference Room 1, International Research Center for Japanese Studies


In this unit, various research such as holding and presenting study groups and symposiums, researching materials, writing by research members, publication of publications, database creation, from the time of the establishment until today I have been doing activities. On the research results page, these activities and results are made public.