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
Colloquium ''Ancient Japanese Book Collection of the Social Sciences Library - Issues and Potential''
Hanoi, Vietnam, 14 October 2020
On October 14 the Institute of Social Sciences Information in Hanoi, which holds part of the collections of the former EFEO library, organized a colloquium on the Japanese collection, entitled: Ancient Japanese Book Collection of the Social Sciences Library - Issues and Potential.
The director of the EFEO, Christophe Marquet, gave a talk on the history of this collection, which was created at the beginning of the 20th century by the first EFEO Japanese scholars, and on works concerning the artistic heritage.
Covid-19 Information: functioning of the library
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.
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 12 October 2020
On Monday 12 October, Christine Hawixbrock speaks on: "Nong Hua Thong (Laos), from treasure to the city".

From 10.30am to 12pm, Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor. The conference will take place online and on site (reception limited to 24 listeners upon prior registration).

Learn more about it
Réseau des EFE [Network of the EFE]
Athens, Greece, 02 October 2020
The directors of the 'réseau des Écoles françaises à l’étranger' [network of the French Schools Abroad] met with the directors of studies at the École française d’Athènes [French School of Athens] from 29 September to 2 October 2020, to work on the theme "Schools, their host countries and Europe: insertions, interactions, networks".This was an opportunity to exchange on the network's strategies, actions and joint projects, in connection with the IT, archives and publications departments.
Sculpture conservation workshop of the National Museum of Cambodia (EFEO)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 29 September 2020
The legs, as well as the base with the feet, of a Krishna Govardhana statue of Phnom Da (Ka 1641) were returned from the Cleveland Museum of Art last August. At the sculpture conservation workshop of the National Museum of Cambodia (EFEO), the first checks and "arm's length" positioning tests are being carried out on each of the legs in turn.
The statue will soon resume its original posture.