The Plot of the Tale of Genji and the Emperor System Lecture

Tale of Genji Lecture at UHMA great turnout of 80 people across the UHM campus and local community appreciated the public lecture, “The Plot of the Tale of Genji and the Emperor System,” on February 16, 2017. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Yuichiro Imanashi, a well-respected Japanese classical literature scholar and the Director-General of Japan’s foremost research institute, the National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL). The Library’s lecture was part of series of collaborative events involving the NIJL, the Center for Japanese Studies, the East Asian Languages & Literatures (EALL), the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA), and the Library. Tokiko Bazzell of the Asia Collection Department coordinated year-long preparations for the activities.

Prior to the lecture, a group of 7 NIJL scholars led by Dr. Imanishi met with Monica Ghosh and  Lyn Nagoshi and then Monica and Tokiko accompanied and witnessed the signing of MOUs between the College of Language, Linguistics, & Literature, EALL and NIJL to promote academic exchanges and cooperation in research and educational activities. On February 17th, an all-day workshop was taught by the NIJL scholars for 6 graduate students, 5 instructional and 2 Asia Department library faculty at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The workshop was unique because the lessons utilized the Richard Lane Collection, which include 18th century rare Japanese books held at the Museum. Collaborations such as this that involve a national research institute, a university and a museum are rarely realized.

The events and activities concluded with a dinner at the Honolulu residence of the Consul General of Japan and his wife, who hosted a total of thirty-five guests. See photos of all events and activities at

To make the events successful, special appreciation goes to: The Library Administration-Irene Herold, Monica Ghosh, Lyn Nagoshi & Diane Miyazono. DNS team

Asia Collection-Etsuko Chopey, Shino Ichiki, & Sachiko Iwabuchi

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