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Tokai University School of Letters Depratment of Japanese Literature

東海大学 文学部 日本文学科, トウカイダイガク ブンガクブ ニホンブンガクカ
Representive : Chair SHIMOTORI Tomoyo
Address: 4-1-1 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa 259-1292 Japan
Telephone number: +81-463-58-1211
FAX number: +81-463-50-2356
History (1):
  • 1965/01
Purpose of establishment:
Research for Japanese language and literature
Business overview:
Learning about the Excitement Engendered by the
Freeing of the Spirit
A long time has passed since the Japanese people
forged their dynamic culture. As the result of an
oral tradition that predated our forefathers'
learning to write, and new literary and poetic
traditions accompanying the arrival of a
writingsystem from the Asian continent, the language
and literature of Japan have grownexceedingly rich.
Moreover, the arrival of Western literature, rather
than diluting the nation's literary heritage, has
enriched it further, even spurring itonto a
renaissance. These influences have added extra
depth to the literature ofJapan, and encouraged its
multifaceted development. Painstaking research
intotheexperience of, and excitement over, the
joyous freedom that can be felt fromJapanese letters
is the central mission of the Department of Japanese
Broadening Literary Enjoyment
It is not possible to truly know and love the
literary culture of one's own country without also
knowing those of other countries. In a complicated
age where international exchange has grown to be of
utmost importance, it is especially important that
one understand his or her own country. Japanese
literature, rich in delicacy and sentiment, has
transcended the boundaries of language to touch the
hearts and souls of people throughout the world The
basis of its appeal has not been that it represents
the feelings of people in one small part of Asia;
rather,it is that it manages to impart in a universal
way experiences of everyday life,custom, and religion.
It is precisely this transcendental quality that
enables emotion and logic to unite in people's hearts,
as they are profoundly moved by what they read.
Toward a True Understanding of the Mother Tongue
The collapse of a country's language is intertwined
with the loss of its culture. The everdynamic
evolution of a nation's language is largely dependent
on tastes of its young people. At the same time, the
number of non-Japanese people learning Japanese is
steadily growing. For instance, the word "kimono" is
just one ofa number of Japanese words that have entered
international parlance as a globalword. Because of
young people's important role in contributing to the
evolutionoflanguages, we expect that as young speakers
of Japanese are exposed to greatliterary works in that
language, their understanding of the language will
deepen that much more. This effect, in turn, should
enable them attempt to fashion theirown works, And,
finally, the end result should be a deep and heartfelt
attachment to the Japanese language.
  • 2000: \ 13 (Million)
Parent Organization  (2):

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