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Latest Update: 2018.7.12
Free Online Course 3
"The Art of Washi Paper in Japanese Rare Books"
Learn about the history, production and design of papers used inside Japanese rare books.
This brand new course is aimed at anyone interested in Japanese rare books and papers. The course will look at the history of papers used inside Japanese rare books, and in other cultures across the world. You’ll learn about the materials and technologies used to produce Japanese papers, particularly the use of traditional washi paper. This course can also be studied alongside two companion courses, Japanese Culture Through Rare Books and Sino-Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books.
This new course starts from 16th July, 2018, however, the registration for this course through FutureLearn is now open. Visit the following URL to join and study our latest online course.
Free Online Course 2
"Sino-Japanese Interactions through Rare Books"
Understand more about Chinese books, language and culture. Learn about the development of Japanese culture, and explore the connection between books and religion in East Asia.
In our second online course—on UK based MOOC platform: FutureLearn—we’ll examine how big an impact that books brought from China have had in Japan, as well as looking at how books and religion are connected in Japan and East Asia, and the history of publishing in Japan.
This course is currently not open for enrollment, yet (after you login to FutureLearn) you can "Add to Wishlist" then you'll receive an email when we decide the dates of re-opening the course.
Free Online Course 1
"Japanese Culture Through Rare Books"
After successful course runs in 2016 and 2017, our first online course "Japanese Culture Through Rare Books" started its rerun from May, 2018 and the couse would be open (for registration) until the end of July, 2018.
This is an introductory course and is open to anyone with an interest in the history of Japanese books. By studying old books, you can learn a great deal about the geographical areas in which they were made, the historical background, and the individuals and groups involved in their making. Using a wealth of multimedia content, we will take a journey through the wonderful world of traditional Japanese book, covering extensive visual materials from the Institute of Oriental Classics collection and the Keio University Library collection.
Registration for this course through FutureLearn—UK-based MOOC provider—is now open. Visit the following URL to join and study this online course.