Department of Eastern Philosophy and Culture, Faculty of Letters

※The Department of Eastern Philosophy and Culture was established on April 1, 2013 by integrating and reorganizing the Department of Indian Philosophy and the Department of Chinese Philosophy and Literature.

Educational Goals

  • To learn foreign languages (both modern and classical), read original sources, and gain extensive overseas experience.
  • To acquire an understanding of the diverse history and culture of various parts of Asia.
  • To acquire international perspectives based on a well-developed understanding of culture and history.


Asian philosophy, religion, art, and culture have a long history and are characterized by regional diversity. To enable students to study these features of Asian countries in depth, the Department of Eastern Philosophy and Culture has established four courses: (a) Indological Studies, (b) Chinese Language, Philosophy, and Literature, (c) Buddhist Studies, and (d) Eastern Art and Culture. The Department provides opportunities for students to learn both classical (Sanskrit, Classical Chinese, Pali, and Tibetan) and modern languages (English, Hindi, Modern Chinese, and Korean) according to the requirements of each course.


  • Students build a solid foreign language foundation beginning in their first year through the study of English and Chinese (both compulsory) and introductory courses in the specialized languages of their field of study. They attempt the TOEIC test of English language skills, and for Chinese, they have the opportunity to upgrade their language skills through the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi).
  • In the spring semester immediately after university enrollment, a mandatory study skills course is offered with small class sizes, following the theme of “Read, Write, and Present.”
  • In their second and third years, students deepen their knowledge of the specific area in which they aspire to study by attending specialized courses, including lectures and seminars.
  • In their fourth and final year, students write a graduation thesis as the culmination of their studies.
  • Besides classroom learning, experiential learning through training and practice in various aspects of foreign culture such as Zazen, Indian dance, and yoga is also emphasized.
  • As part of this training regarding foreign culture, opportunities for hands-on experience are provided, encompassing the religions, art, and languages of the various regions of Asia (including India, China, Thailand, and Indonesia, among others).
  • In the Evening School (Evening Course), opportunities are provided for flexible study of subject areas similar to those provided during daytime courses.
  • For the same subjects within the Department that are offered in both daytime and evening courses, there exists a registration system characterized by mutual auditing (daytime course → Evening School, Evening School → daytime course).