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Institute of Oriental Studies

Outline (History) of Institute of Oriental Studies

The Institute of Oriental Studies - at the outset named The Institute for Asian Studies, but in 2003 renamed, differentiated from the English name of an affiliated institute ? was established in 1958, based on the spirit with which the university was founded, "the basis of all learning lies in philosophy", which was advocated by Dr. Enryo Inoue, a founder of the university. The concept and the purpose of its foundation is to establish a system which can actively and broadly contribute to the modern global culture through deeply studying characteristics of oriental thought in close relation with studies on modern thought and Western thought. The first and the second annals were published in European language respectively in 1961 and 1964. First published in 1965, TOYO UNIVERSITY ASIAN STUDIES in Japanese reached to the 49th issue. The Institute also planned collection of materials related to literature on Tun-Huang, and published the 25th TOYO UNIVERSITY ASIAN STUDIES Catalogue of Chinese Manuscripts in Tun-Huang Documentsin 1991.

Activities and Features

Presently, the Institute of Oriental Studies aims to contributing to advance in understanding about different culture by figuring out characteristics of oriental culture, through classic and modern studies and investigations on oriental philosophy, religion, history, folklore, literature, language, and other fields, as well as their comprehensive studies. For this purpose, the Institute promotes projects of the Institute or studies of respective researchers belonging to the Institute. Research achievements are announced in the bulletins published at the end of fiscal year (usually once a year). In addition, the Institute holds public presentation meetings and open lectures, inheriting the founder's idea of releasing scholarship from insular academism.

Research Achievements

Recent projects of the Institution are as follows: "Funereal ceremony in Japan ?: a comprehensive study on the literature, entertainment, thought, society, comparative culture concerning the relationships between the present and the other world"; "The acceptance and modification of Buddhism in East Asia: concerning the interpretation of wisdom"; and "Life in modern Japan ?: Consideration of life through the acceptance of death". In relation to various joint researches conducted so far, their achievements have been announced in presentation meetings, open lectures, symposiums, and research reports.

Future Development (Goal)

Many researchers, who produced a lot of research achievements leading this field at the Institute of Oriental Studies, are active in Toyo University and other research institutes. On the basis of the tradition cultivated for long time, the Institute will work on issues related to modern problems such as understanding view of life and death and conception of nature, and promote exchange with domestic and overseas research institutes.