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Welcome to the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies

The Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies, founded in 1968, is an international liaison and research center designed primarily to serve European and American scholars in all disciplines whose main area of study focuses on pre-Meiji era Japan.

The overall purpose of the Institute is to encourage research on neglected aspects of premodern Japanese civilization, especially during the medieval period (primarily, but not exclusively, the Kamakura and Muromachi periods 1185-1600), centuries which, until the 1970s, had received scarce attention by Japanese and Western scholars alike.

Tokyo Academy of Instrumental Heritage Music Global Winds Artist Residency (2014)


Tokyo Academy of Instrumental Heritage Music is pleased to announce that Ms. Rosamund Plummer (Principal Piccolo, Sydney Symphony Orchestra) has been chosen as the very first Global Winds Artist in Residence. She will study ryūteki in Tokyo with the aim of expanding SSO’s repertoire in Australia and elsewhere to include new music with ryūteki solos. Applications for the 2015 Residency will open in the fall of 2014.



Supported by the Japan Foundation.


Upcoming Events


EMAJIN Initiative
Semester-End Concert of Japanese Sacred and Salon Music

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Venue: St. Paul’s Chapel (on Columbia University Morningside Campus, near 117th St. & Amsterdam Avenue)

Free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

Presented by the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies/Institute for Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives and the Columbia University Music Performance Program.
Partially funded by the Japan Foundation, Toshiba International Foundation, Sumitomo Corporation of America Foundation, and Medieval Japanese Studies Foundation.





EMAJIN Initiative
2nd Summit on the Future of the Japanese Music Heritage:
第2回サミット「21世紀における和楽器の行方」

Please note that the Summit will be conducted in Japanese without interpreters/translators.
サミットは日本語にて行われます。

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm (tentative) 
Venue: International House of Japan (Tokyo, Japan)
2014年6月15日(日)
午前10時~午後6時(予定)
於:国際文化会館(東京・六本木)

参加および聴講には事前登録が必要になります。登録の受付は2014年3月前後を予定しておりますので、再度こちらのホームページをご覧ください。

Presented by the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies/Institute for Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives.
Partially funded by the Japan Foundation, Toshiba International Foundation, Sumitomo Corporation of America Foundation, and Medieval Japanese Studies Foundation.










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Come learn Japanese cultural heritage instruments at Columbia University!


Next courses start on Thursday, January 23, 2014.

Thursdays
12:30pm-3:30pm Hogaku (koto & shakuhachi)
5:00pm-8:00pm Gagaku (ryuteki, sho, hichiriki, etc.)

112 Dodge Hall

Attendance at the first class (Thursday, January 23, 2014) is mandatory. Neither prior experience nor knowledge of the Japanese language is required. For questions, please contact the institute at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 212-854-7403.

Students who have shown significant progress and potential in the ensemble classes will qualify to participate in the Mentor/Protégé Program, a 5- or 6-week intensive training program with Gagaku and Hōgaku masters in Tokyo in Summer 2014 (May 23, 2014 - July 6, 2014).

 

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