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 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.
When would you like to start?
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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 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.
The Educators/Hosts will facilitate this course for about three times a year. Our next facilitation period is 1 June - 21 June 2020. While the Educators themselves aren’t available to facilitate this run, we encourage you to engage with other learners and there are opportunities to do this throughout the course.
Who will you learn with?
I specialise in Chinese and Japanese literature at Keio's Institute of Oriental Classics and I am the lead educator of the "Sino-Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books" course.
I am a professor at the Keio Institute of Oriental Classics. I am interested in East Asian book culture and the transmission of Chinese scholarship in Japan.
I am a professor at Keio University's Faculty of Letters. I specialize in Sino-Japanese literature and I am one of the educators of the "Sino-Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books" course.
Who developed the course?
Keio University is Japan’s first modern institution of higher learning, and since 1858 has established itself as a leader in Japan through its continued commitment to education, research and medicine.
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