Folklore and folk culture (see also 'Anthropology', 'Religion' etc)
- Britain and Japan: Musical Exchanges before World War II
- Carmen Blacker (1924-2009) and the Study of Japanese Religion
- Gordon Munro: Ventures in Japanese Archaeology and Anthropology
- Grace James (1882-1965) and Mrs. T.H. (Kate) James (1845-1928): Writers of Children's Stories
- J.W. Robertson-Scott and his Japanese Friends
- John Batchelor, Missionary and Friend of the Ainu, 1855-1945
- Minakata Kumagusu, 1867-1941: A Genius now Recognized
- William Gowland (1842-1922), Pioneer of Japanese Archaeology
Author: Imamura Akira
Following the introduction of Western music to Japan in the nineteenth century, Meiji leaders struggled to incorporate it into the modernised education system. This essay details the way in which British vocal music provided a solution to their difficulties.
Author: Kornicki, Peter
Carmen Blacker (1924-2009) became one of Britain's most original and perceptive scholars of Japan, and this account charts the development of her love for the country and the impact this had upon her choice and pursuit of a career in academia.
Author: Wilkinson, Jane
Scottish Doctor who lived in Japan treating Ainu communities. An amateur archaeologist and anthropologist who discovered evidence of the prehistoric people of Japan.
Author: Koyama Noboru
Mrs T.H. (Kate) James (1845-1928) and Grace James (1882-1965) contributed significantly to the popularisation of Japanese fairy stories in the English language and to the British understanding of Japanese culture. This essay details their lives and interactions with the fairy tales and folklore of Japan.
Author: Nakami Mari
This essay details the scholarly and journalistic efforts of J.W. Robertson-Scott (1866-1962), who wrote on Japanese foreign affairs, rural communities and agriculture during the First World War.
Author: Cortazzi, Hugh
Even though John Batchelor (1855-1945) was not an expert in linguistics, ethnology or folklore, his contributions to the understanding of the Ainu people is nonetheless significant. This essay details his missionary career and a life devoted to the Ainu people.
Author: Blacker, Carmen
This essay considers the remarkable scholarly career of the brilliant but eccentric polymath Minakata Kumagusu (1867-1941), an expert in natural history, folklore and classicism, as well as an assessment of the significance of his time in London to his work.
Author: Kaner, Simon
William Gowland (1842-1922) is arguably one of the most important figures in Japanese Archaeology. This essay details his wider career and dealings with Japan's ancient archaeological sites.