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.

Come learn Japanese heritage music instruments at Columbia University!

Next courses start on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

Time & Date:
Hogaku (shakuhachi): Thursdays, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Hogaku (koto): Thursdays, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Gagaku (sho, hichiriki, ryuteki, etc.): Thursdays, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

112 Dodge Hall

Attendance at the first class 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

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

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