Professor YATA Naoko

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My daughter studied Japanese-style paintings, or nihonga, at university and, influenced by her, I have recently started to frequent exhibitions of such artworks. I especially like kachō-ga, or “paintings of flowers and birds”. Flowers and small birds representing the four seasons are painted on Japanese paper or silk with pigments made from ground jewels or shells – I never get tired of looking at them. Observing real flowers and birds is equally enjoyable, although I cannot tell whether this affection originates in my love for kachō-ga or vice versa. Sometimes, walking the university grounds, I stop in my tracks, enraptured by the beauty of blooming Viola grypoceras or annual blue-eyed grass. Other times I let my gaze follow the adorable flutter of a wagtail or sparrow. I only ask that you don’t report me as a suspicious person.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Courses
    Chinese Literature (Introductory Reading); Chinese Literature (Seminar); Chinese Language and Literature (Advanced Seminar)
    Personal History
    Born Aichi Prefecture

    Graduated from the Department of Chinese Language, Osaka University of Foreign Studies
    Completed the master's program at the Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University
    Completed the master's program at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mie University
    Completed the doctoral program at Tohoku University

    Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Morioka University
    Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Niigata University
    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    Ph.D. (Literature)
    Chinese Classical Literature
    Research Subject
    Chu Ci (“Verses of Chu”) of the Han dynasty; development and transformations of the image of Quyuan; establishment and evolution of Chu Ci studies in Japan; women’s attire in the Tang dynasty
    Chu Ci; Quyuan; Cifu; Chu Ci studies in Japan; fashion in Tang dynasty China
    The Toho Gakkai (The Institute of Eastern Culture); The Sinological Society of Japan; The Sinological Society of Tohoku; Society for the Study of Chinese Literature, History, Philosophy; The Sinological Society of Osaka University
  • Books
    Academic Papers