The Center for East Asian Studies Committee on Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the 2017 Early Modern Japan Summer Workshop: Reading Kuzushiji. The workshop will meet from June 12th to June 17th.   This year's workshop will feature two tracks. Professor Ken’ichiro Aratake of Tohoku University’s Northeast Asia Center will instruct the intermediate group in the reading of manuscript materials from the Tokugawa and early Meiji period, while Dr. Nobuko Toyosawa (former UofC postdoctoral fellow, now Fellow at the Czech Republic's Oriental Institute) will lead a two-day introductory workshop focusing on print materials.  Participants in Dr. Toyosawa's group will be prepared to join the intermediate group from day 3 of the workshop.  The workshop will conclude with a symposium on Saturday, June 17th that features presentations by participants on their research projects.

The workshop is open to faculty, graduate students, librarians, and curators.  Please note that the workshop will be conducted in Japanese and participants should have a working knowledge of classical grammar and some familiarity with hentaigana.  There is a $100 program fee that covers copy costs and lunch each day.

The workshop venue is the John Hope Franklin Room located in the Social Sciences Research Building, Room 224.

Additional inquiries can be directed to the workshop organizer, Professor Susan Burns (  The application deadline is May 1, 2017.

Participants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements.  In the past, participants have used airbnb and to identify inexpensive lodging options.  In addition, housing is available in guest houses in Hyde Park with a listing available here.