Organization for Regional and Inter-regional StudiesWaseda University

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The Research Institute of Chang Valley Culture ※The institute was closed down on March 31, 2020.

Director

KUDO Motoo  [ KUDO Motoo ]
Faculty of Letters Arts and Sciences

Research Theme

Regional Culture in Chang Valley and Chinese Civilization

Research Overview

We proceeded a research project, named “Regional Cultures in Bashu, Chu, and Wuyue: Constructing a theory of Regional Culture in East Asia” between 2007 and 2011. On the basis of the previous discussion, we will now develop its theory. Our research will contain three parts.
First, we will read and research bamboo strips excavated from the Qin tombs. We have already had a contract with Wuhan University in China and become a formal member for a research project of reading and researching excavated texts in the Qin-Han period in the Jianbo Research Center of Wuhan University (This project is similar to the global COE in Japan). We will continue having this relationship with Wuhan University.
Second, we will read and research excavated materials of the Chu district in the Warring-States period. These have been paid attentions as a religious texts connected to Rujia and Daojia by lots of researchers, but we also believe that these materials can be interpreted as a historical texts from a broader perspective. For instance, these texts include stories of the Chu King, which are not included in the historical texts we have known, e.g., Shiji. We will grasp the process how ancient Chinese people read such texts and categorized which texts should be left as a history.
Third, we have already made the Research Center for cooperation between China and Japan inside the Art Institute in the Sichuan University. We will research how we can look at the Chinese civilization from the Sichuan district.

Researchers

KUDO Motoo (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Professor)
LEE Sungsi (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Professor)
TAKAHASHI Ryuzaburo (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Professor)
KOBAYASHI Takashi (Waseda University Senior High School, Teacher)
Researchers

Adjunct Researchers

YAN Su
MA Biamo
LU Ding
TANIGUCHI Mitsuru
OZAWA Masahito
MATSUMURA Kazunori
ONISHI Katsuya
XIE Li
FUJITA Katsuhisa
OWAKI Kiyoshi
KIRIMOTO Tota
SUZUKI Minoru
YOKOTA Kyozo
MORI Masashi
TATEMI Satoshi
WATANABE Masatomo
KAKINUMA Yohei
MIZUMA Daisuke
KOBAYASHI Bunji
ZHANG Shenglan
KAWATE Sho
OGURA  Sei

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