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Keio University Online Course - Sino-Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books


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Sino-Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books

Learn about the role of books in the relationship between the cultures of Japan and China, with this free online course.

Why join the course?

Books have played a major role in the formation of Japan’s culture, particularly those brought from China. On this course we’ll examine how big an impact these books have had, as well as looking at how books and religion are connected in Japan and East Asia, and the history of publishing in Japan.

Understand more about Chinese books, language and culture

Through the course you’ll discover more about the different types of Chinese books, their characteristics and their history. We’ll also look at books with strong Chinese influences and examine the culture of the area of the world that use the Chinese writing system.

Learn about the development of Japanese culture

We’ll then look at how these books made their way to Japan and how Chinese culture influenced Japanese culture. In particular we’ll focus on the Analects of Confucius and how the book has been received in Japan - from its introduction in the 3rd Century to how it’s considered today.

In addition we’ll look at books on Chinese studies from medieval to early modern Japan, how books from China and Korea were studied and disseminated and how the process created new types of book like commentaries and revised editions.

Explore the connection between books and religion in East Asia

You’ll also learn about the connections between publishing and religion - examining the influence of Zen Buddhism on Japanese culture.

What topics will you cover?

  • History of textual culture in East Asia and Japan.
  • Evolution of printing technology in Japan and its relationship with religion.
  • Influence of China and Korea on Japanese book culture.
  • Publishing activity by Zen temples in the medieval Japan.
  • Publishing activity by scholars in pre-modern Japanese society.
  • Publishing activity by local and central governments for education.
  • Variety of types of books in Chinese studies.
  • Brief introduction of well-known Chinese poem collections: Santishi and Tangshi xuan.
  • Analects of Confucius, its reception, transition and influence on Japanese society.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain the relationship between books and religion in East Asian history.
  • Describe the role of Pre-modern Zen temples in book culture and printing technology.
  • Describe the role of Confucian scholars in book culture and their research activity.
  • Discuss the contribution of China and Korea to Japanese book culture and the development of printing technology.
  • Classify the types of books in Chinese studies.
  • Discuss the impact of Analects of Confucius in pre-modern Japanese society.
  • Explore the value of Analects of Confucius in modern Japanese society.
  • Explain how the books in Chinese studies incorporated and influenced on Japanese culture.

Who is the course for?

There are no special requirements for this course, but an interest in East Asian culture or history might be useful.

Who will you learn with?

Takashi Horikawa

I am a professor at Keio University's Institute of Oriental Classics. I am studying Sino-Japanese literature. 
I am the main educator of "Sino-Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books" course.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.


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Publish Date
August 31, 2017




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