Japanese Civilization Institute


日本文明研究所第15回シンポジウム 元号が変わる!――森鷗外から八瀬童子まで、日本近代と天皇制を読み解く。

 2019年5月1日、今上陛下の「生前退位」が決定し、4月1日にも新元号が発表される見通しだ。しかし、そもそも元号とは、日本人にとって何のためにあるのか? どのように決まるものなのだろうか?


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レポート「八瀬の人々の現在――」石戸諭(ジャーナリスト / ノンフィクションライター)

日時 : 2019年02月07日
会場 : 日本経済大学東京渋谷キャンパスホール
定員 : 100名(抽選)
参加費 : 2,000円(当日、受付にてお支払いください)


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Prospectus of Japanese Civilization Institute

Japan has come to form a civilization of its own kind, in the realm of history, religion and culture.

In his book “The Clash of Civilizations,” professor Samuel Huntington places Japanese Civilization in a new position, apart from Chinese Civilization. Our foundation aims to research the following five mutually related categories that are not recognized by the Japanese people to be their identity and personality. Our goal is to study Japanese civilization and pass it down to people in and outside Japan, by actively communicating what we have learnt.

  • The field of Ideology, Philosophy and Ethics
    Japanese ideology, “yamato-gokoro (spirit of early Japan)” and spirit of “wa (harmony)”
  • The field of Economy and Management
    “shinise (long-established organizations)
  • The field of Industrial Art, and Technology
    Art, handicrafts, fashion, pop culture,
    architecture and technology
  • The field of Medicine
    Chinese medicine, Japanese food, and healthy food that prevents sickness
  • Overall
    Politics and Religion

Our goal is to contribute to peace and continuous development of Japan and the outside world, through deep research and activities for creating awareness.

Message from Director

Naoki Inose

Looking at world history, it is said that Europe is the only one that was able to create a model of modernization. However, apart from Europe, Japan is the only country that went through the process of creating a modernization of its own kind—that rivals well with that of Europe—and became a advanced country. Japan has been regarded as islands of disaster, suffering from numerous floods, eruptions, earthquakes and tsunami. But blessed with pure water not to mention the glorious four seasons, and peoples’ nature being moderate, imaginative, original and hardworking, Japan has come to develop a civilization of its own kind. Amid the globalization of the economy and communication amongst people, Japan and its people today need to think deeply as to what they believe in. A tolerant mind to accept other civilizations only begins by understanding their own. The role of Japan in international society is bound to become increasingly important. Japanese Civilization Institute is founded here as a place for capable people working together to tackle these kinds of issues.

Naoki Inose, Director


24-5 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0031
TEL : 03-5456-8082
FAX : 03-5456-8388
Mail : info@japancivilization.org

Kimiko Tsuzuki, Chairperson
Toshio Goto, Executive Director
Naoki Inose, Director




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