Japanese Rare Books Workshop

On February 5th approximately sixty librarians, curators, artists, faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, and independent scholars gathered in the IK Barber Learning Centre for a two-part workshop led by Professor Takahiro Sasaki of the Keio University Institute of Oriental Classics, chaired and interpreted by Asian Studies Associate Professor Christina Laffin.

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Professor Takahiro Sasaki of the Keio University Institute of Oriental Classics displays his impressive rare book collection.

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During the morning session, Professor Sasaki introduced Japanese books and bindings using materials from his private collection. In the afternoon he walked the audience through the history of illustrated books (e-iribon).

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Students of ASIA 453 (Japanese Travel Literature) marveled at tiny versions of books made for celebratory doll sets (mamehon) and they particularly enjoyed the “Book of Cats” (Neko no s?shi) authored by Sant? Ky?zan (1761-1816) and illustrated by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861).