Welcome to the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies

The Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies, founded in 1968, is an international liaison and research center designed primarily to serve European and American scholars in all disciplines whose main area of study focuses on pre-Meiji era Japan.

The overall purpose of the Institute is to encourage research on neglected aspects of premodern Japanese civilization, especially during the medieval period (primarily, but not exclusively, the Kamakura and Muromachi periods 1185-1600), centuries which, until the 1970s, had received scarce attention by Japanese and Western scholars alike.

Upcoming Events

EMAJIN Initiative
2nd Summit on the Future of the Japanese Music Heritage:

Please note that the Summit will be conducted in Japanese without interpreters/translators.

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm (tentative) 
Venue: International House of Japan (Tokyo, Japan)


Presented by the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies/Institute for Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives.
Partially funded by the Japan Foundation, Toshiba International Foundation, Sumitomo Corporation of America Foundation, and Medieval Japanese Studies Foundation.

Come learn Japanese cultural heritage instruments at Columbia University!

Next courses start in early September 2014.

Time & Date: TBA

Hogaku Section (koto & shakuhachi)
Gagaku Section (ryuteki, sho, hichiriki, etc.)

112 Dodge Hall

Attendance at the first class (Thursday, January 23, 2014) is mandatory. Neither prior experience nor knowledge of the Japanese language is required. For questions, please contact the institute at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 212-854-7403.

Students who have shown significant progress and potential in the ensemble classes will qualify to participate in the Mentor/Protégé Program, a 5- or 6-week intensive training program with Gagaku and Hōgaku masters in Tokyo in Summer 2015 (late May until early July).

Tokyo Academy of Instrumental Heritage Music Global Winds Artist Residency (2014)

Tokyo Academy of Instrumental Heritage Music is pleased to announce that Ms. Rosamund Plummer (Principal Piccolo, Sydney Symphony Orchestra) has been chosen as the very first Global Winds Artist in Residence. She will study ryūteki in Tokyo with the aim of expanding SSO’s repertoire in Australia and elsewhere to include new music with ryūteki solos. Applications for the 2015 Residency will open in the fall of 2014.

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