Japanese Civilization: Tokens and Manifestations


Patrycja Duc-Harada (ed)
Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Dariusz Głuch (ed)
Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Senri Sonoyama (ed)
Jagiellonian University, Kraków


Japanese civilisation, Japanese culture, cultural studies


The articles collected in this publication are thematically diversified and refer to such domains of Japanese studies as literary studies, cultural studies, linguistics, history of art, theatre, sociology and anthropology.
Some of the papers deserve attention as original reinterpretations of traditional sources and texts of the Japanese culture, also in reference to the ethnic, geographic and cultural peripheries. Among other matters undertaken in this publication, the problem of national awareness, axiological approach to the Japanese sphere, its various evidences and manifestations, as well as its confrontational understanding with regard to the opposition between self and other, we and they, we and others in the historical context should be noted.
The linguistic problems presented here are tightly bound with domains of traditional values as language etiquette, contacts between the Japanese language and Classical Chinese, or traditional language games.
It should be stressed also that the papers are still up-to-date, represent high scientific quality, and undoubtedly should be available for every interested reader. The issues touched upon in the collection are rarely present in scholarly debate, and for this reason may be of interest to those who want to deepen their knowledge of Japanese culture and civilization.


Author Biographies

Patrycja Duc-Harada, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

a graduate of Japanese Studies (at Jagiellonian University, fin-ished in 2011) and Russian Studies (at PWSZ in Oświęcim, finished in 2009) and the former participant of the Japan Foundation fellowship program (conducted in 2011). She ob-tained the title of PhD in linguistics in 2017 and is currently working as a lector of Japa-nese language and Japanese writing in the Department of Japanese and Chinese Studies of Jagiellonian University. Major domains of her scientific studies are sociolinguistics, eth-nolinguistics and Japanese language education. She is currently researching different registers and varieties of Japanese language focusing on semantic and pragmatic changes occurring within contemporary Japanese, especially in Japanese honorifics.

Dariusz Głuch, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

graduated from the University of Warsaw (2008, Japanese linguistics), in 2013 received Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Warsaw based on a dissertation entitled “Kanbun in Japanese Language Environment. The Graphemic Pragmatics of Bilingual Contact and the Ritualized Procedures of Translation” (in Polish, advisor: prof. Romuald Huszcza, Ph.D.). In 2015 he published a book based on the doctoral dissertation (in Polish, Jagiellonian University Press), and in 2017 with Jan Wiślicki (University of Warsaw) a monography “At the Roots of Chinese Graphemics. The Ideographic Script and Its Analysis in Afterword to the Shuowenjiezi dictionary” (The Faculty of Polish Studies of the Warsaw University Press). Presently works as an assistant professor at the Jagiellonian University (Department of Japanology and Sinology).

Senri Sonoyama, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

received her PhD in the field of Japanese literature at the University of Rikkō in 2009. Her research interests include Japanese classical literature and Japanese court culture of the Heian Period. Currently, she is employed in the position of an assistant professor at Jagiellonian University, in the Department of Japanese and Chinese Studies, and she tries to popularize Japanese literature in Poland.

Aleksandra Görlich, Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, Kraków

graduated in art history at the Jagiellonian University, formely curator at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, a member of the Polish Institute of World Art Studies. Authoress of articles about Japanese art and culture such as Ichigo Ichie. Wchodząc na Drogę Herbaty (2008), Dramat zastygły w drzeworycie. Historia czterdziestu siedmiu roninów w serii drzeworytów Hiroshige (2009), Wielowątkowe piękno. Techniki dekoracyjne tkanin japońskich (2015). Researcher on the Chūshingura subject in Japanese woodblock print since 2003. In 2012 she prepared an exhibition de-voted to this topic, entitled Treasury of Loyal Retainers. The Drama of the 47 Ronin, accompanied by a catalog of a collection of woodblock prints from the collection of the National Museum in Krakow illustrating the Chūshingura subject.

Maria Grajdian, Hiroshima University

is associate professor of Media Studies, Aesthetics of Popular Culture(s)/Subculture(s) and Cultural Anthropology at Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences (Hiroshima/Japan). She holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Hanover/Germany. She teaches and researches on Japanese media (Takarazuka Revue, Ghibli Studio, Murakami Haruki), the history of knowledge (Japanese encyclopedias) and the dynamics of identity in late modernity. Her most recent publications include a number of research articles in academic journals as well as books on contemporary Japanese culture.
Currently, she is preparing two books within a research project funded by the (Japanese) Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology “Takarazuka Revue’s Metamorphose from a local stage art towards a global medium”: The Archaeology of Desire: How Takarazuka Revue Has Impacted the World and Beautiful New World: The Poetics and Pragmatics of the Japanese Cultural Imperialism.

Michiko Hirama, Toho Gakuen College, Tokyo

received her master’s degree in history from Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, and a PhD in musicology from Tokyo University of the Arts. She is currently a lecturer at both the Music Department of Toho Gakuen College in Tokyo and Seitoku University, Chiba, and has also been invited to universities and institutions in Europe, Africa and the Americas to give presentations on aspects of Japanese music. Her major areas of interest are Japanese music history and the philology of seventh- through eleventh-century Japanese documents, especially those dealing with music and dance performances in court rituals. She is currently affiliated as part-time lecturer at Toho Gakuen College in Tokyo.

Arkadiusz Jabłoński, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

is an associate professor of Adam Mickiewicz University, Chair of Oriental Studies. His main research interests are general and Japanese linguistics, with special focus on Japanese category of person, honorifics, translation and interpreting and the morphology of Japanese parts of speech. Currently works on the “Polish Lexicon of Japanese Grammatical Terms” – as an outcome of the Polish National Science Centre grant OPUS 10 obtained in 2016.

Toshihiko Koyama, Senshu University, Tokyo

a professor emeritus of Senshu University in Japan. He majors in literature and is the author of following publications: Study of the World of Dynasty Literature Based on the Tale of Genji (1982); The Tale of Genji: The Development of Court Events (1991); Otoko-to-ka: Celebrate Heiankyo's Early Spring (2005); Japanese Dynasty Culture, Part II – Ritual and Court Dance of the Holy Spirit of Shitennoji (2007); Genji Monogatari and the Scenery of the Imperial Influence (2010); The Locus That Colors Dynasty Literature (2014); Japanese Dynasty Culture, Dynasty Literature and Eastern Eurasian Culture (2015).

Ohama Ikuko, University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara, Okinawa

completed Ph.D. program without a Ph.D. degree at Graduate School of Humanities, Hosei University. She majors in history. She works as associate professor at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of the Ryukyus. Her publication is “The Cause of Evil Act Does Not Rest with Botan-sha-ban [the Savages of Mudan Village]”: The Relationship between Okinawa and Taiwan by Japan in the Light of the Mudan Village Incident, Twentieth Century Studies 7, (Kyoto University Press, 2006), 79-102.

Katarzyna Sonnenberg-Musiał, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

an assistant professor at the Department of Japanology and Sinology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow. She pursued her studies in Japanese language and literature in Krakow (Jagiellonian University), Kanazawa (Kanazawa University) and Tokyo (Ochanomizu University); she has published a number of articles and monographs on the narrative strategies in early-modern and modern Japanese literature, and translated into Polish works of Ihara Saikaku, Higuchi Ichiyō, Kunikida Doppo, Natsume Sōseki, Mori Ōgai, Nagai Kafū and Akutagawa Ryūnosuke.

Jacek Splisgart, University of Gdańsk

is a Cultural Anthropologist and Japanologist. A graduate of ethnology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and folkloristics at the National Institute for Humanities in Sakura (Japan). Earned doctoral degree in cultural anthropology (field of Non-European societies and cultures/Japan). Currently associated with the University of Gdańsk (associate professor at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology and Department of Sinology) and Tokyo Metropolitan University (as guest lecturer). Holder of Scholarship granted by the Japanese government in 2007-2009, 2015-2016 and 2019-2020. Author of numerous publications about Japanese culture and history of anthropology.

Marta Jaworska, University of Gdańsk

a PhD student at University of Gdansk, Department of History, cultural anthropology and archaeology graduate from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Since her studies in Poznan she was interested in Asian culture, specially Japan. She visited Japan, South Korea and China for research and workshop purposes. Her area of focus is Japanese traditions, cultural changes, rites of passage, funerals and the cult of the dead from archaeological, historical and ethnographical perspective. Recently she has taken up an analysis of visual materials (TV shows, films, journalism media) and a topic of what is the presentation and the effect of the funerals in globally accessible media.

Ikuko Sugawara, Senshu University, Tokyo

Ph.D, works as Seisen Women's University lecturer and Senshu University lecturer. She majors in literature and is the author of following publications: “The Study of Transmission and Enjoyment of the Tale of Genji” (2016), “A Study of the Lyrics of the Tale of Genji Owned by Kikutei Family-Relationship with the Tokyo National Museum's the Lyrics of the Tale of Genji” (2017), “The Aspects of the Tale of Genji, owned by the Library of Congress – Focusing on the Chapter of Wakamurasaki” (2018).

Suzuki Sadami, Nichibunken International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto

professor emeritus of International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken). Main works: A World of Kajii Motojorō (2001), Study on View of Life (2007), Formulation of the Concept of “Japanese literature” (2009), View of Nature in Japan (2018).

Przemysław Sztafiej, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

a graduate of Japanese Studies programme at Adam Mickiewicz University. Currently a PhD student at the same university. Two time recipient of Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship in years 2012-2013 (Nara University of Education) and 2019-2021 (University of Kyoto). Main fields of research are Japanese literature and cinema, particularly the topic of minorities and the view of the Other.

Lone Takeuchi, SOAS University of London

an independent researcher with an interest in the history of ideas in Early-Mid Heian period.

Shinko Taniguchi, Waseda University, Tokyo

works as a professor at the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences in Waseda University in Japan. She majors in Japanese History of Early Modern Period and is the author of following publications: Early Modern Japanese Society, Its Rules and Norms: Honor, Status, and the Use of Force (2005); The Real Nature of 47 Akō Rōnin (2006); Examination of the Way of the Samurai: Quarrels, Revenge, and the Killing for Rudeness (2007); A New History of Japanese “Letterature” Vol. 2. (together with Kimiko Kono, Wiebke Denecke, Tokio Shinkawa, Hidenori Jinno, Kazushige Munakata, 2017).

Joanna Wolska-Lenarczyk, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

graduated from the Department of Japanese Studies, Jagiellonian University, Cracow and received her Ph.D. (2012) at her Alma Mater (Ph.D. dissertation devoted to Mishima Yukio’s tetralogy The Sea of Fertility). She was a research fellow at the Faculty of Letters, Tokyo University (2007-2009). She specializes in modern Japanese literature, especially of Mishima Yukio’s works. An author of the book (The Epiphany of Emptiness. A Vision of Beautiful Death in Mishima Yukio’s Hōjō no umi) and many essays on Japanese literature and culture.
A lecturer of Japanese language and literature at the Jagiellonian University (2009-2018). Currently she teaches Japanese at the Japanese Language School (Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology).

Anna Zalewska, University of Warsaw, Warsaw

PhD, assisstant professor in Chair of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw; between 2010–2013 also assistant professor in Japanese Language & Culture Center, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Graduated from Japanese Studies Department of University of Warsaw, also studied at Gakugei University in Tokyo (1991–1992), Hokkaido University in Sapporo (1996–1997) and Kyoto University (PhD course, 1999–2004). Specializes in Japanese classical literature and traditional culture (calligraphy, the way of tea), translates into Polish Japanese tanka poetry (Zbiór z Ogura – po jednym wierszu od stu poetów [Ogura Collection – One Hundred Poems From One Hundred Poets], 2008; Kokin wakashū, volume 3, “Silva Iaponicarum” LII/LIII/LIV/LV 2017/2018) and modern Japanese literature (Kawakami Hiromi, Pan Nakano i kobiety [The Nakano Thrift Shop], 2012; and Sensei i miłość [The Briefcase], 2013 et al.). Latest publications: Kaligrafia japońska. Trzy traktaty o drodze pisma [Japanese Calligraphy: Three Treatises on the Way of Writing], translation (2015).

Halina Zawiszová, Palacký University Olomouc

a lecturer in Japanese language and linguistics at Palacký University Olomouc and a Ph.D. candidate in Japanese linguistics at Charles University. Her research interests include language and emotion, Japanese young people’s conversational interaction, colloquial speech, and technologically mediated communication. Her publications include two books: Contemporary Japanese Youth Language (2012, co-authored with I. Barešová) and On ‘Doing Friendship’ in and Through Talk: Exploring Conversational Interactions of Japanese Young People (2018).


December 9, 2019

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