Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Travelling Books: History in Europe and Japan

Keio University and British Library

This course explored how books travelled between Europe and Japan since the 16th century, promoting cultural exchange, and how this continues into the digital era. Resources from Keio University and the British Library deepened understanding and appreciation of European and Japanese culture and history of books.

3 weeks, 3 hours per week


Takami Matsuda

Professor at Faculty of Letters,

Keio University


Learning outcomes

  • Explain how books from different cultures interacted and promoted a cultural exchange between the East and the West.
  • Summarise the role of Jesuit missionaries in exchanging book cultures between the East and the West in the 16th century.
  • Compare the European-type books printed in Japan in the 16th-century and their European counterparts.
  • Identify the traces in the early books that can tell you about past readers and collectors.
  • Identify the similarities and differences in the physical features of the travel books that make them easy to carry on a journey.
  • Explore how illustrations in travel books (fiction and non-fiction) help the reader to imagine the places that they have never been to or can visit only in fantasy.
  • Discuss the materiality of the books in the digital era.


Week 1 – East met West - Materiality of the Book: Past and Present - How the East met the West in 16th century - Materiality of the Book: East and West - Jesuit Books Printed in Japan, Japanese Old Moveable Type Books and Incunabula - Examine how to compare, why to compare

Week 2 – Traveling books - Antiquarian Book beyond the Sea: Collecting and Ideology - Transporting Culture: Sir Ernest Mason Satow Collection - Fragments on the move: letters and fragments in books that traveled from person to person

Week 3 - Travel books - Examining the history by tracing marks by the past readers such as notes and signatures left in the book - Portability and Paratext of the Book - Journey of the Mind and Visualizing Travels - Illustration in the book / travel narrative and travel fiction from England and Japan

We’re honoured to have the following experts provide valuable insight of books from the West and the East:

  • Kristian Jensen, Former Head of Collections and Curation, the British Library / Chair of the Consortium of European Research Libraries
  • Karen Limper-Herz, Lead Curator, Incunabula & Sixteenth Century Printed Books, Western Heritage Collections, the British Library
  • Hamish Todd, Head of East Asian Collections, the British Library
  • Alessandro Bianchi, Bodleian Japanese Librarian, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Japanese-English translation: Daichi Ishikawa, an English literature specialist at Keio University.

Issued on 27th July 2022

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Travelling Books: History in Europe and Japan

Keio University