The Japanese studies section is pleased to announce that starting from this year two postgraduate students in Japanese Studies will be awarded this prestigious scholarship, initiated in October 2014, generously provided by the Aoi Foundation of Japan. This year's awardees are Rosa Van Hensbergen and Elena Follador.
Rosa van Hensbergen will be spending time in Japan over the summer months finalising her archival research on the Japanese founder of buto dance, Hijikata Tatsumi. She will spend her time between the Hijikata Archive at Keio University, the Kamaitachi Museum in Akita, and Kyoto University with which she will be affiliated.
Thanks to the Aoi Foundation scholarship, Elena Follador will be able to go to Japan twice during her second year of PhD to collect the primary sources essential for her dissertation on early modern Japanese literature. She has already been there in the past months to visit public archives in Tokyo, but she will make use of her second trip to visit other private collections and to use the library of the affiliated Keio University to access secondary sources not available in the UK.
The first recipient of this award was Aiko Otsuka, who is currently conducting research on the memory and narrative of defeat within the postwar Japanese military, and last year's recipient was Mujeeb Khan who studies the history of pre-modern medical communication between China and Japan.