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Hi. In week 1, we introduced the week’s content from the Ryōsoku-in temple, part of the Kenninji temple complex in Kyoto, and in Week 2 we began our journey from the Ashikaga Gakkō in Ashikaga City, Tochigi prefecture. For Week 3, we are at the Keio Institute of Oriental Classics (Shidō Bunko) on Keio University’s Mita campus. The Ryōsoku-in and the Ashikaga Gakkō are among the few libraries that have been uninterruptedly collective and preserving Chinese books since the medieval period. In the modern period, many similar institutions have had to let go of their collections, or have ceased to exist altogether, and their content has scattered. Some items are now being looked after by new owners, but many have been lost.
The Keio Institute of Oriental Classics acquires Chinese-language works when they become available on the antique book market. Here I have prepared items that were once housed in medieval Zen temples. The theme of Week 3 adn 4 is how these books and other similar ones from the Edo period were received, and the research activity and practices that flourished around them. The term ‘works in Chinese’ (kanseki) encompasses a wide range of texts in a variety of genres. However, since I am a literature specialist, our focus will be literary works, particularly poetry collections.


The PDF version of the course handout for Week 3 is available in the DOWNLOADS section below.

Some words and names that may be unfamiliar to learners are listed in the glossary for each week. For Week 3, it’s located in the last step of this week. The PDF version is also available.













慶應義塾大学の附属研究所である斯道文庫からは、研究者が毎年定期的に両足院の蔵書の調査に伺っています 。調査のときにいつも感じるのは、歴代の住持たちが、常に蔵書を充実させていく努力を惜しまなかったということです。16世紀から19世紀にかけて、その時々の住持が入手したり写したりした書物が積み重なって現在の両足院の蔵書が形成されたのだということを、調査に行くたびに実感します。


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