Resources

List of additional materials and resources, with brief description.

Table of Contents:
Assignments: guidelines, rubrics, tutorials
Trexler library resources

Subject guide for the course, from Trexler Library

Collective map:

Google Maps dedicated class map: you can add locations, let me know which ones you added. (Hint: counts towards “Thoughtful participation“)

General Japanese history
  • Friday, Karl F, ed. Japan Emerging : Premodern History to 1850. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2012.
        • Alternative textbook: A general introduction to premodern Japanese history by multiple authors; also contains “Further Reading” section at the end of each chapter.
  • Hane, Mikiso, and Louis G Perez. Premodern Japan: A Historical Survey. Second ed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2015.
        • Alternative textbook: A general introductory text to premodern Japanese history.
  • Timeline of Japanese art
        • Princeton University Art Museum provides some essays discussing the main characteristics of art in the different historical periods of Japan.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Japan)
        • Essays, timelines and collections of photos of art work held by the Met, very useful for illustrations and background information, and many essays include a “further reading” list of suggestions.
Early and pre-modern/pre-industrial history in general
  • Crone, Patricia. Pre-Industrial Societies : Anatomy of the Pre-Modern World. London: Oneworld, 2015.
        • A book aimed at introducing students new to premodern /pre-industrial societies to some of the major differences. The thought-experiment in the introduction may be useful to get you thinking about how the transition from Jōmon to Yayoi and beyond created a “complex society” in Japan.
  • Scott, James C. Against the Grain : A Deep History of the Earliest States. Yale Agrarian Studies. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.
        • A revisionist history of the origins of the state, and its connections to the transition from hunter-gatherer to agrarian economies, as well as resistance against the early forms of statehood.
Early Japan
  • Batten, Bruce Loyd. To the Ends of Japan : Premodern Frontiers, Boundaries, and Interactions. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2003.
        • A study which challenges some of the widely held ideas about the origins of the Japanese people, through a study of borders and boundaries as social constructs rather than predetermined features of geography
  • Brown, Delmer Myers. The Cambridge History of Japan. Vol. 1, Ancient Japan. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
        • Contains chapters on prehistoric Japan and early Yamato/Yamatai.
  • Friday, Karl F, ed. Japan Emerging : Premodern History to 1850. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2012.
        • Ch. 6 “Origins of the Japanese People”
  • Department of Asian Art. “Jōmon Culture (ca. 10,500–ca. 300 B.C.).” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/jomo/hd_jomo.htm (October 2002)
        • Essay linked with objects held by the Met on Jomon period
  • Department of Asian Art. “Yayoi Culture (ca. 300 B.C.–300 A.D.).” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/yayo/hd_yayo.htm (October 2002)
        • Essay linked with objects held by the Met on Yayoi period
  • Department of Asian Art. “Kofun Period (ca. 300–710).” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/kofu/hd_kofu.htm (October 2002)
        • Essay linked with objects held by the Met on Kofun period 
Nara
  • The collection of the Shōsō-in (storage house of the temple) has been made available online: check out this website from the Imperial Household. (use the Search tab)
  • For all you poetry lovers: there are multiple translations and selections available through the library for the Man’yoshu:
        • Nihon Gakujutsu Shinkōkai. The Manyoshu: The Nippon Gakujutsu Shinkokai Translation of One Thousand Poems. Edited by Donald Keene. Unesco Collection of Representative Works. Japanese Series. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1965.
        •  Vovin, Alexander. A New English Translation Containing the Original Text, Kana Transliteration, Romanization, Glossing and Commentary. Man’yōshū, Bk. 5. Folkestone, Kent, U.K.: Global Oriental, 2011.
              • The library has many, but not all volumes of this scholarly translation.
  • Brown, Delmer Myers. The Cambridge History of Japan. Vol. 1, Ancient Japan. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
        • The Cambridge History of Japan is a reliable source, providing you with the latest insights from around the time of publication. The series also includes articles by Japanese scholars in translation.
  • Objects connected to the Horyuji (temple): National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties of National Museums, Japan e-museum website.
Heian
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heian (essay, with link to art objects)
  • Overlay map” of Heian-kyō over the googlemap of present-day Kyōtō (Japanese)
        • This gives you a good sense of where the main buildings of the capital were during the Heian period.
  • Minister Kibi’s Adventures in China: kept at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, Mass. Scroll 1, scroll 2, scroll 3, and scroll 4
  • Translations of the Lotus Sutra:
        • Kumārajīva. The Lotus Sutra, translated by Burton Watson. Translations from the Asian Classics. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.
        • Kumārajīva. The Lotus of the Wonderful Law : Or, the Lotus Gospel, Saddharma Pundarīka Sutra, Miao-Fa Lien Hua Ching, translated by William Edward Soothill. London: Curzon Press, 1975.
        • Kumārajīva. Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma, translated by Leon Hurvitz. Buddhist Studies and Translations. New York: Columbia University Press, 1976.
  • Waka (traditional Japanese) poetry: Asia for Educators webpage
        • Brief explanation and active learning activities for Waka
  • Short video from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, about the “Minister Kibi’s Adventures” set of scrolls
The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari)
The Tale of Heike
  • Princeton University Digital Library: luxury illustrated edition of the Tale of Heike, 17th century.
    • A richly illustrated and beautifully produced manuscript (handwritten copy) of the Tale of Heike. Browse through the thirty-volume set and enjoy the gold leaf decorations, the neat calligraphy and the beautiful paper
Medieval Japan
Dutch-Japanese relations
  • https://www.ndl.go.jp/nichiran/e/index.html: informative website from the National Diet Library of Japan about the history of the relations between the Dutch and the Japanese in the Edo (Tokugawa) period.
  • Tweet: picture of table-ware found at the Deshima