Russian Japanology Review
The Russian Japanology Review is semiannual edition. This edition is published under the auspice of Association of Japanologists in cooperation with Institute of Oriental Studies of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). The purpose of this project is broader international promotion of the results of Japanese Studies in Russia and the introduction of the academic activities of Russian Japanologists. It rubricates articles in two large sections – contemporary Japan (politics, economics, society) and traditional Japan (history, literature, and culture).
The purpose of this article is to research the continental prototypes for Fujiwara-no Kamatari Biography (the main part of “Toshi Kaden”/“The Fujiwara House Biography”). Kamatari was the key political figure of his time and one of the Japanese statehood fathers. Whereas the Chinese prototypes are well investigated, we could not say so about the Korean ones. However, Kamatari is compared with both Chinese and Korean statesmen. It is for this reason, that the paper focuses on the analysis of the possible Korean prototypes.
The article traces how the image of the Ainu formed by Japanese intellectuals in 18th and early 19th centuries influenced the formation of Japan’s policy towards this ethnic minority in the Meiji period (1868-1912).
Kaifuso, the very first poetical collection of the verse by Japanese poets, dates back to the year 751 (Nara period) and had been composed prior to Man’yoshu. However, this collection of early kanshi isn’t often analyzed as an important source for historical or poetical studies. The article attempts to demonstrate Kaifuso’s potential for academic studies in these fields and analyze not only poetical value of certain poems, but also political agenda of its compiler by taking a closer look at the traditional biographies of four princes, which are included in the collection.