Given that scholars in the field of the humanities still prefer to read printed materials as their research references rather than relying on the Internet, Kanagawa University 21st Century COE Program laid stress on releasing the progress and results of research studies by means of publications.

The information has been presented through the following six types of publications with a total of forty-seven volumes: research result reports, annual reports, symposium or workshop reports, research resource materials and subsidized publications.

Research Result Report, Annual Report
Symposium/Workshop Report, Research Resource Materials
Newsletter, Subsidized Publication

Research Result Report

The program’s achievements are published as follows: Two volumes of Multilingual Version of Pictopedia of Everyday Life in Medieval Japan and their multilingual glossaries; Pictopedia of Everyday Life in Early Modern Japan consisting of three volumes on Southern Hokkaido, Nogyo Zue (the Pictures of Farmers and Their Lives) and Tokaido Meisho Zue (Guide to Famous Tokaido Sites), respectively; two volumes of Pictopedia of Everyday Life in East Asia, one compiled on south of the Yangzi River, China and the other on the Joseon period-genre paintings. Furthermore, each study group issued one or more of the following research result reports: (1) Systematic Documentation of Techniques of Body, Senses and Folk Implements , (2) Reports on “Landscapes” and “Environments” Taken from Fieldwork , (3) Interpretation of the Traces of Human Activity and Natural Disasters Inscribed into the Environments , (4) Development of Area Informatics – The Way to Innovation of Knowledge , (5) Postgraduate Curriculum for Specialized Training of Curator (6) Record and Report of the Experimental Exhibition “Walking” in History: Memories Inscribed in the Body , (7) Theoretical Problems about Systematization of Nonwritten Cultural Materials for the Study of Human Societies , and (8) Report on the Results of "Systematization of Nonwritten Cultural Materials for the Study of Human Societies .” Finally, two collections of research articles by program participants were published. The Study of Human Cultures through the Methodology of Nonwritten Materials – Articles of Research Participants , and Possibilities on the Research of Nonwritten Cultural Materials – Articles of Research Results from Junior Researchers .

Annual Report

Four issues of Systematization of Nonwritten Cultural Materials for the Study of Human Societies were published.

Symposium/Workshop Report

Between 2005 and 2007, three international symposiums were held. Along the way, a pre-symposium and a joint symposium with another university were also organized. The fruits of these symposiums were outlined in the following five reports: (1) Pre-symposium of the 1st International Symposium, Woodblock Prints and Photographs – Creation of Phenomena and Images in the Late 19th Century , (2) 1st International Symposium, What are Nonwritten Cultural Materials? The Nonwritten Materials Memorizing and Documenting Human Culture , (3) Group 1, Public Workshop on Systematization of Pictorial Materials and Their Dissemination, “Interpretation of the Life and Culture in East Asia through Illustrated Materials ,” (4) 2nd International Symposium, Interpreting Human Culture through Nonwritten Materials: Perspectives on Illustrated Materials, Folk Implements, and Landscape , and (5) Report on the Joint Workshop with Ritsumeikan University, Historical Disaster and Cities: Case Studies of Kyoto and Tokyo .

Research Resource Materials

Five publications are available under this category: (1) Approaches for the Systematic Arrangement of Data Regarding Environment and Landscapes , (2) Index of Bibliographic Information on Illustrated Materials , (3) Index of Research Literature on Illustrated Materials , (4) Considering the Use of Photographs as Resource Materials: Tracing the Scenes in “The Shibusawa Photographs,” and (5) “The Shibusawa Photograph Collection” of Kikai Island – the Ordinary Lives of Islanders 1935/1936 .


18 volumes of The Study of Nonwritten Cultural Materials was released quarterly. Volume 19 was published in March 2008.

Subsidized Publication

Four books were published: (1) Interaction between History and Folklore – Etude of History and Folklore Studies by Kanagawa University Graduate School of History and Folklore Studies, (2) Study on Gozen Sata or the Council of Advisors to Shogun Ashikaga Yoshinori in the Muromachi Period as History and Folklore Studies Series 1 by Etsuko Suzuki, (3) Japan’s Business Leaders at War: Murata Shozo’s Greater East Asia War as History and Folklore Studies Series 2 by Kenichi Hanzawa, and (4) Japanese Folklore and China in the 1930s and 1940s , as History and Folklore Studies Series 3 by Wang Jin.

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