Professor KAWAI Yasushi

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The life buried in books

I suppose the same applies to literary scholars and scholars of philosophy, but as a historian, I must consult multiple sources both for my research and my studies, as well as for my hobbies. The number of books I own grows every year — countless stacks pile up in my office and in my house. In addition to Japanese publications on Chinese history, I own great many Chinese books dedicated to the subject. During the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami all these books got scattered about, and the bookshelves were severely damaged. Thus I finally realized I had to rethink my book-keeping ways. As a result, I adopted the following policy. First, I get rid of books I do not use; second, I organize the remaining ones according to the frequency of use. I try not to throw unnecessary books away: instead I allow students to have them or take them to the secondhand bookstore. In a bold move I rented a storage place located between my house and the office, and now rarely used books are all kept there. Such are the principles of book keeping I follow these days.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Courses
    Undergraduate: East Asian History (Introductory Reading); East Asian History (Seminar); East Asian History (Special Lecture);
    Graduate: Ancient and Medieval History in East Asia (Advanced Seminar); Ancient and Medieval History in East Asia (Advanced Lecture)
    Personal History
    Received a B.A. in East Asian History at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    Completed the doctoral program (without a doctoral degree) at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University

    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Hirosaki University
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Letters, Hokkaido University
    Current position
    Ph.D. (Literature)
    Chinese History (from Wei-Jin to Sui-Tang dynasties)
    Research Subject
    Chinese aristocracy in the period from Wei-Jin to Sui-Tang dynasties
    The Society of Oriental Researches; The Historical Society of Japan; The Association for the Study of Tang History; The Institute of Eastern Culture; Tohoku Historical Society; The Sinological Society of Tohoku
    Database of Researchers Information
  • Books
    Academic Papers