Division of Department of Japanese Studies Department of Japanese History
We study the state and society of Japan and the lives of its people alongside its history
Education and research in humanities and social sciences provides for the analysis of man and society from different angles. The discipline of history is concerned with the study of the past. Japanese history, in particular, studies the historical development of Japan: its state and society, the activities of its members, and the culture created by them, as well as its interactions with other countries, regions, and nations. Studying history at a university level involves more than memorizing established historical facts and theories. The main point of higher education is to teach the students how to use historical sources – that is, private and public documents and records created by people of the past – to reconstruct the period being studied through interpretation and analysis of those documents and to perceive historical events as interconnected segments in the chain of time.
Many of our students proceed to work in education or academia, as well as in cultural property conservation. In recent years, however, more and more of our graduates have been finding jobs in the public and private sectors. But regardless of the path you choose, you will always find uses for the skills acquired in your university years: the ability to actively search for information, reflect on it, and effectively articulate your conclusions.
Teachers YANAGIHARA Toshiaki