Professor ONO Koji

Affiliations :

Photography and “History”

Various “legal documents” were brought to Japan from China during the Ming dynasty. I track them around the country, and from time to time the owners are kind enough to show these documents to me. Sometimes I am also allowed to take a photograph. Looking through the finder, I focus on the sensations in my fingertips as I adjust the focus; then, breathing out, I smoothly push down the shutter. The owner might not allow me another try. This anxiety overlaps with my regular oversensitivity and leaves me completely exhausted by the end of the session. But later, at home, I look at the photographs and see clues that, together with written sources, will allow me to speculate about the historical background of those documents. I get so happy then that I forget about the exhaustion. My father, himself a kimono maker, introduced me to the pleasures of photography while I was still a small schoolboy with affinity to history. He was probably just desperate to liven up his quiet, inert son — but I am extremely grateful to him even now. I have been getting more opportunities recently to photograph printed materials in European libraries. Taking pictures will always remain my hobby, and I will continue using it in my research.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Courses
    East Asian History (General Lecture); Early Modern History in East Asia (Advanced Seminar)
    Personal History
    Graduated from the Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University
    Received a Ph.D. at the Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University

    Awarded Research Fellowship for Young Scientists, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
    Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    Current position
    Ph.D. (Literature)
    History of Early Modern China
    Research Subject
    Chinese bureaucracy and the imperial examination system for civil servants in Ming and Qing periods
    History of modern China;
    Chinese bureaucratic system;
    Chinese imperial examination system for civil servants
    The Society of Oriental Researches; The Society of Historical Research; Society for the Study of Chinese Literature, History, Philosophy
    Database of Researchers Information
  • Books
    『東北大學附属圖書館所藏中國金石文拓本集 : 附: 關聯資料』、2013(co-editor; with Saitō Tomohiro, Watanabe Kenya and Che Qing)
    Academic Papers
    "New Light on Tohoku University Library's Collection on Chinese Stone Rubbings," in How to Learn?: Nippon/Japan As Object, Nippon/Japan As Method, Eds. Enrico Fongaro, Akihiro Ozaki, Christopher Craig, Mimesis International, 2017, 146-157