Tokyo

The Tokyo Centre, Japan

Head: François Lachaud
Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient
Tōyō bunko
Honkomagome 2-28-21, Bunkyō-ku
Tôkyô 113-0021, Japan
Tel./Fax : + 81 050-3704-8994
francois.lachaud@efeo.net

Founded in 1994, the EFEO Centre in Tokyo is hosted by the Tōyō bunko (The Oriental Library), the most important library dedicated to Asian studies in Japan and one of the largest of its kind in the world. The two institutions signed an agreement which aims to facilitate academic exchanges, including the exchange of scholarly documentation and publications as well as the organization of joint research programs and seminars.

Besides storage facilities for its collections, the Tōyō bunko includes a reading room, research rooms, a museum and a restaurant. The office of the EFEO Centre is located on the seventh floor of the main building.

Current research programs:

  • Literati networks, monks, and collectors in Edo Japan (1603-1867) 
  • International exchanges in modern East Asia (Japan, China, Korea, Russia) - especially the "discovery" of Buddhism in Western sources (1550-1850)
  • Early modern Japanese art history and aesthetics

The centre is associated with the research team ‘Systems of thought and practices: diffusion, adaptation, exchange'. Researches conducted at the Tōkyō centre focus on Japanese artistic, religious, and intellectual history in the Edo period (1603-1867) and on international exchanges in East Asia and Eurasia during the modern era.

Moreover, the Centre is also in charge of the editorial work of The Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie, in cooperation with its editorial board, François Lachaud in Tokyo, Martin Nogueira Ramos (Kyoto Centre), Élisabeth Chabanol (Seoul Centre), Luca Gabbiani (Paris).

The EFEO Centre in Tokyo aims to facilitate Franco-Japanese exchanges in the humanities and social sciences. Besides its main association with the Tōyō bunko, collaboration agreements have been concluded with the Institute of Asian Cultures (IAC) at Sophia University, the Centre for Area Studies (CAS) at Keio University, and the Department of Humanities and Sociology at Tôkyô University.

The Centre receives EFEO fellowship holders, graduate students, and visiting scholars for periods of research in Japan. Starting in the fall of 2017, a research seminar will focus on significant works belonging to the Morrison Collection, the main body of Toyo Bunko Library at the time of its official founding, and the object of various commemorative events for its centennial in 2017.

EFEO News
Research Seminar
Paris, France, 25 September 2020
As part of the research program "Essais 'au fil du pinceau' (zuihitsu) à l’époque d’Edo (XVIIe-XIXe s.) : recueils de réflexions et d’observations sur le passé et le présent des savants japonais (pré-) modernes" [Miscellaneous ‘running brush’ Essays (zuihitsu) in the Edo period (17th-19th c.). ): collections of reflections and observations on the past and present of (pre-)modern Japanese scholars], Christophe Marquet gives a communication on "The notion of "essay of critical reflection through evidence" (kōshō zuihitsu 考証随筆) through the case of the painter-writer Santo Kyoden, alias Kitao Masanobu (1761-1816)".

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4th lecture of the 'Kitashirakawa EFEO Salon'
Kyoto, France, 25 September 2020
As part of the Kitashirakawa EFEO Salon, the 4th lecture of the 2019-2020 cycle is presented by Gaétan Rappo (Kyoto University / EFEO) on the topic: "Esoteric Buddhism of the Muromachi period and secular benefits (genze riyaku): reflection on the Dakiniten mandalas" (in Japanese without translation).

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Opening of the EFEO Paris's Library
Paris, France,

Changes in opening hours and access conditions of the EFEO Paris's library.

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Covid-19 Information
Paris, France,


Changes in opening hours and access conditions of the EFEO Paris's library

♦ Readers wishing to consult the collections in the reading room:
From September 21, 2020, the library is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Users are invited :
→ To reserve the documents they wish to consult 24 hours in advance from their reader account on the catalog
→ Then to book time slot in the reading room: BOOK TIME SLOT IN THE READING ROOM
Once the daily quota of places has been reached, the date ceases to be selectable in the form.

♦ Readers wishing to borrow documents:
The loan-return service is open to researchers and students who have the right of loan.
Please reserve the documents before Tuesday lunchtime on the library catalog.
Books are available in the library's access corridor on Wednesday of the same week.
Please note that unclaimed documents are returned to the library every Wednesday evening.

It is forbidden to stay in the common areas of the Maison de l'Asie.
In Memoriam Bertrand Chung
04 September 2020
Bertrand Chung (Chung Sŏng-bae, 1933-2020).

We were saddened to learn of the death of Bertrand Chung in Yongin on June 8 (Kyŏnggi-do). Political scientist, Japanologist, and Koreanologist, director of studies at the EHESS, in 1994 he laid the foundation stones of the EFEO in the Republic of Korea, at Korea University.