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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Japanese Humanities Project

Banquet scene from Scroll of the Hungry Ghosts (Gaki zôshi).

Initiated in 2010, this three-year grant from the Japan Foundation builds on the Visiting Scholars in Japanese Literature Program coordinated by the UW’s Asian Languages & Literature department since 2004. The Simpson Center also supports the Japan Humanities Project, through funding, administrative, and logistical assistance.

Contributions by the Japan Foundation allow the program to expand across campus, encouraging dialogue and exchange between several campus units. Faculty from history, art history, art, and architecture are collaborating with Japanese Languages & Literatures faculty to support each other’s teaching and scholarship.

Each year, up to two scholars are invited to participate in seminars held at the UW.  

2010-2011 Visiting Scholars:

  • Odaira Maiko (Literary Studies, Nihon University)
  • Ko Yonran (Literary Studies, Nihon University)

2011-2012 Visiting Scholars:

  • Akira Takagashi (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
  • Satomi Yamamoto (Kyoritsu Women’s University)

The 2011-2012 scholars will closely with Cynthea Bogel (Art) and cultural anthropologist and artist Julia Harrison, on a project sponsored by the Simpson Center focused on the study of objects, displays, and edible arts in both historical Japan and Japanese-American Seattle.