Russian Japanology Review. On the occasion of the 200th Anniversiry of the Institute of Oriental Studies of RAS
The Russian Japanology Review contain several recent academic publications by Russian scolars in the sphere of Japanese studies.
The glory won by Yanagita Kunio (1875-1962) is rarely attained by "real" humanitarian scholars, espesially as he was dealing with such a narrow field of knowledge as ethnology. Yanagita was unknown to the general public before the war, but gained official recognition in the post-war period.
The factual head of the Japanese government, Matsudaira Sadanobu, declared the ritual and the law as the foundation for receiving Adam Laxman’s expedition, the first Russian mission to Japan. The article attempts at understanding the meaning he ascribed to those notions through the lens of several sources related to Laxman’s expedition.
The purpose of this article is to analyze the celection and organization of poetic material of two medieval poetic collections, Shinsanjūrokkasen and Koyasan Kongōzanmai-in tanzaku, created respectively in the middle of the 13th and the middle of the 14th centuries, and to give information about the manuscripts of these collections stored at the Russian State Library in Moscow.