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Why Cambridge?

The Faculty of Asian and Middle Easter Studies at the University of Cambridge is an ideal place to study pre-modern and early-modern Japanese. You might wonder why...


  • You will work under the supervision of a team of scholars who work on cutting-edge research projects in the fields of pre-modern and early-modern Japanese literature and intellectual history. This is a a team of scholars who are passionate about their research as well as about teaching to undergraduates.


Prof Peter Kornicki (Professor of Japanese Studies - Robinson College)
Dr Laura Moretti (Lecturer in Pre-modern Japanese Studies - Emmanuel College)
Dr Rebekah Clements (Research Associate - Queens College)
Dr Gerhard Leinss (Research Associate)



  • Your progress will be followed closely, in small-group seminars and in one-to-one supervisions, both at an undergraduate and at a graduate level. This will allow your supervisor to know your potentialities and to find the best ways to make them bloom fully. It will also allow you to receive all the support you need to progress steadily and get a first-class knowledge of classical Japanese.





  • You will have access to a top-quality library, which gather not only secondary literature on pre-modern and early-modern Japan but also a unique collection of early-modern printed texts and manuscripts.


Explore the collection of Edo-period printed books and manuscripts

at the Cambridge University Library

with Prof Peter Kornicki




  • You will be able to develop skills in all the linguistic areas that are pertinent to pre-modern and early-modern Japan:

wabun 和文

kanbun 漢文

calligraphic script (hentaigana 変体仮名 and kuzushiji くずし字)

!!!!  we are the only institution in the UK institution that offers this training !!!!



    • You will not only become familiar with the texts that are part of the canonical curriculum of classical Japanese but you will be also exposed to a variety of non-orthodox texts that belong to new fields and that will open the door to cutting-edge research.


    Listen to one of our fourth-year students