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ASJ Lecture Meeting - October

Date: Monday, 19 October 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Prof. Gaye Rowley
Title: “Recreating The Tale of Genji in Edo: Ōgimachi Machiko's In the Shelter of the Pine.”
Venue: Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (SKG)
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: About a 15-minute stroll from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit. Map.

Abstract: Ōgimachi Machiko (1679-1724) was a concubine of Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu (1658-1714), a samurai of relatively humble origins who rose to become Chief Adjutant to the fifth Tokugawa Shogun Tsunayoshi (1646-1709; r. 1680-1709). In the Shelter of the Pine (ca. 1710-1712) is her memoir of Yoshiyasu, the man she lived with for twenty some years, from late 1693, when she was fourteen, until his death in the Eleventh Month of 1714, when she was thirty-five. It is decidedly not a “warts and all” portrait of Yoshiyasu. Machiko’s brief was to depict Yoshiyasu’s life as exemplary; and accordingly, the tale she tells is of devotion to duty and services respectfully rendered, duly rewarded with promotions and shogunal praise.

The details that Machiko is at pains to convey—the dates of Tsunayoshi’s visits, the conduct of grand ceremonies, the names and court offices of the men who were in attendance, the Nō plays performed on this or that occasion, the gifts given and received, the births and the deaths—are historically accurate. Much of this information is available elsewhere, however, and is not the principal interest of the work to a twenty-first-century reader. Rather, it is the way these details are narrated, the literary form adopted by the author for her narrative, that constitutes the chief interest of the text, and shall be the focus of my talk to the Society.

Brief Biography: Gaye Rowley teaches English and Japanese literature at Waseda University. She has written and/or translated several biographies of Japanese women, including Yosano Akiko and The Tale of Genji (2000), Autobiography of a Geisha (2003), and An Imperial Concubine’s Tale: Scandal, Shipwreck, and Salvation in Seventeenth-Century Japan (2013). Currently she is translating Ōgimachi Machiko’s auto/biography Matsukage nikki (In the Shelter of the Pine, ca. 1710-12).

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Forthcoming ASJ Meeting

Tenth Young Scholars’ Programme

Date: Monday, 16 November 2015
Venue: Komazawa University. Details forthcoming


    Mr. Shunichi Adachi - Komazawa University
    Mr. Fernand Ortiz Moya - Department of Architecture, Tokyo University
    Mr. Yuichi Sasaki - Tokyo University Graduate School of Politics
    Miss Haruka Watanabe - Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo
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ASJ member lecture: OAG Library Guest Lecture - 21 October

Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Time: 6.30pm to 8pm
Speaker: Sebastian Dobson
Title: “The Very Model of a Modern Meiji Photographer: Matsuzaki Shinji”
Venue: OAG Library, 4th floor of the OAG House/German Cultural Centre 7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo 107-0052 JAPAN
Admission: Free and open to all
For more information:
Mr Dobson gave a lecture to the ASJ in 2009. His contribution to the Transactions of the ASJ in S5 Vol. 01 (2009) is titled, “Delineating Edo: Photography and the Prussian Mission to Japan, 1860-61."

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Continued Appeal for Help from the ASJ Membership

If any ASJ member could provide an e-mail or mail address for a listed author, knows where the author is, or if the author is deceased, please e-mail that information to Ms. Yarrow at:

with “LIST” as the subject header.
日本アジア協会は、紀要The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japanを電子化しデジタルアーカイブをインターネットで公開するにあたり、連絡先が判明しない著作権者についての情報提供を求めています。 別紙に掲載いたしました著作者について、著作権者、もしくは著作権継承者、またはこれらの方々の連絡先に関する情報をお持ちの方は、上記連絡先までご連絡ください。

In preparation for the launch of the digitized archives online of the journal “The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan”, the Asiatic Society of Japan is seeking information regarding copyright holders whose contact details are unknown.

In connection with the authors listed in the attached sheet, if anyone has information regarding copyright holders, their heirs or their contact details, please inform the contact person detailed above.

Fourth update ~ 29 September 2015

    Family Name, Given Name
    01. Ackroyd Joyce
    02. Akita Prof. George (Possible contact. In process.)
    03. Anderson Prof. Stephen John
    04. Auslin Michael R. (Possible contact. In process.)
    05. Ayrton W.E.
    06. Barrett M. T.
    07. Beasley William G.
    08. Beauchamp E. (Possible contact. In process.)
    09. Bennett Neville (Contact achieved. Consent form received.)
    10. Beretta L.
    11. Biggart Ms. Claire
    12. Blacker Dr. Carmen (Contact achieved. Consent form received.)
    13. Blum Paul C.
    14. Borton Hugh
    15. Boxer C.R.
    16. Buchanan D. C.
    17. Burdick Charles Burton
    18. Castañeda Manuel Uribe
    19. Chijiwa Dr. Yasuaki (Contact achieved. Consent form received.)
    20. Clement Erneset Wilson
    21. Cohen A. M.
    22. Coulmas Florian J.
    23. Coville Cabot R.
    24. Cullen Prof. Louis
    25. Daniels F.J.
    26. de Becker E. V. A.
    27. Dolce Dr. Lucia
    28. Dooman Eugene H.
    29. Elisonas J. S. A.
    30. Emerson John K.
    31. Farrington Anthony
    32. Figgess Sir John
    33. Finch Roger
    34. Foucher A.
    35. Furness George A.
    36. Greene Robert
    37. Gundert Wilhelm
    38. Hackin J.
    39. Horiguchi Mihoko
    40. Huffman James
    41. Ike Nobutaka
    42. Ikuma Dan Nobutaka
    43. Imazeki Dr. Rokuya
    44. Ishii Yoneo
    45. Itani Zenichi
    46. James Jason (Contact achieved. Consent form received.)
    47. Johnson Linda
    48. Joly Jacques
    49. Kades C. L.
    50. Katō Genchi
    51. Katō Eileen
    52. Kishi Yasuyuki
    53. Kishibe Shigeo
    54. Kuiper J. Feenstra
    55. Labberton, van Hinloopen D.
    56. Levy Jr. Marion J.
    57. Liscutin Nicola
    58. Malm William P.
    59. Mayer Fanny Hagin
    60. McKeen Di Crocco V.
    61. McNelly Prof. Theodore
    62. Monnet Livia
    63. Morris Ivan Ira Esme
    64. Nakamura Naokatsu
    65. Nish Ian H. (Possible contact. In process.)
    66. Ōhe Shūzō
    67. Parish H. Carroll
    68. Pierson J.L.
    69. Plutschow Herbert
    70. Posdneeff Miss V.
    71. Querido A.
    72. Redman Sir Vere
    73. Ritchie Donald
    74. Robert Marcel
    75. Romieux J.
    76. Roussos Jason E. S.
    77. Sadler Arthur Lindsay
    78. Sakamaki S.
    79. Sansom Sir George Bailey
    80. Sawada Sukataro (Contact achieved. Consent form received.)
    81. Shimatsu Yoichi C.
    82. Shimizu Isamu
    83. Singer Dr. Kurt
    84. Sissons D.C.S. 85. Smith R. J.
    86. Smith Neil Skene
    87. Spencer R. S.
    88. Spinks Charles Nelson
    89. Statler Oliver
    90. Stramigioli Giuliana
    91. Tao Zhikun
    92. Teow Dr. See Heng
    93. Tokugawa Y.
    94. Totman Conrad
    95. Trotter Ms. Ann
    96. Tsuchiya T.
    97. Uyehara E.
    98. van Briessen Fritz
    99. van Gulik R. H.
    100. Wainright S. H.
    101. Wasson R. G.
    102. Waugh D. H.
    103. Wenck Gunther
    104. Wetherall William
    105. Whymant A. Neville J.
    106. Wildes H. E.
    107. Williams Harold Stannett
    108. Wilson & Colby R. & J.
    109. Wright David
    110. Yanai Hiroshi
    111. Zachert Herbert
    112. Zahl Karl F.
    113. Zolbrod Leon