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.

Come learn Japanese heritage music instruments at Columbia University!

Next courses start on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Time & Date:
Hogaku Section (koto & shakuhachi): Thursdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Gagaku Section (ryuteki, sho, hichiriki, etc.): Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm

112 Dodge Hall

Attendance at the first class (Thursday, September 4, 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 6-week intensive training program with Gagaku and Hōgaku masters in Tokyo in Summer 2015 (late May until early July).

Tokyo Academy of Instrumental Heritage Music Global Winds Artist Residency 2015

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New Music Composition Contest

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Upcoming Events

ARCH Initiative
Annual Nabunken Lectures
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
200 Buell
Prof. Takayuki Seino, “Ideal Management of Historical Parks: From the Past to the Present to the Future”
Prof. Yasuharu Hoshino, “A Review of the Application of Dendrochronology to Japanese Cultural Heritage”

EMAJIN Initiative
Make Music Monthly with Hiroya Miura
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY)
Co-presented with Make Music New York
Join Make Music New York Founder Aaron Friedman and composer Hiroya Miura for a conversation about Gagaku and its one-thousand-year tradition of reinvention. Members of Columbia University’s Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble will demonstrate as well. For more information about the Make Music Monthly series, please see

EMAJIN Initiative
Fall 2014 Semester-End Concert
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University
No reservations required. You can just pop in and out.

EMAJIN Initiative
Annual Gagaku/Hōgaku Concert
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
Registration will open in early 2015.

EMAJIN Initiative
Spring 2015 Semester-End Concert
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University
No reservations required. You can just pop in and out.

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