Intensive Kanbun Course at the IUC, Summer 2013

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama
(administered by Stanford University), will offer a three-week intensive
course in reading kanbun in the summer of 2013.
The course is intended for
students — primarily graduate students — who need to master the
fundamentals of kanbun in order to conduct specialized research in various

Dates: Friday, June 21 through Thursday, July 11, 2013

Eligibility for Admission: To qualify for admission, an applicant must

(1) be engaged in specialized professional work or an academic field of
study for which proficiency in reading kanbun is required;

(2) possess an advanced level of proficiency in Japanese language and
have knowledge of classical Japanese grammar;

(3) have an understanding of the grammar and sentence patterns of modern
Japanese, and be able to read and write at least 1,000 kanji as well as
hiragana and katakana.

Hours: 4 class hours per day, 5 days per week, 3 weeks, total 60 class
hours (including field trips)

Field trips: One afternoon each week, participants will join students in
the regular IUC Summer Program on an excursion.

Aims and focus:

This course will train students to be able to read early modern
(kinsei) and modern (kindai) kanbun writings with the aid of dictionaries
and without reference to transliterations/translations into Japanese
(yomikudashibun) of the kanbun texts.

Students will learn old forms of kanji (kyûjitai), epistolary style
Japanese (sôrôbun), and the Japanese way of reading Chinese writing

As for kanbun texts from the medieval (chûsei) period and earlier,
because specialized background knowledge is required, the course will train
students to understand such texts while making reference to yomikudashibun.

Level of proficiency required for enrollment:

The class will be conducted entirely in Japanese. A high level of
proficiency in reading and speaking Japanese is needed.

Knowledge of classical Japanese grammar (bungo bunpô).

Electronic dictionaries: Students will be expected to have their own
electronic dictionaries. It is desirable that they have the editions of
Kanjigen and Koujien that feature stylus pen input capability.

Tuition: $2,800.00 (U.S. dollars)

How to Apply: By April 30, 2013, please submit

(1) the IUC Summer Application form (available for download in PDF and
Word formats at;

(2) the IUC Language Evaluation form (available for download in PDF and
Word formats at; this form
must be filled out by someone (preferably a Japanese language teacher)
qualified to judge your proficiency in Japanese;

(3) a statement written in Japanese explaining why you need to learn
kanbun and reporting what previous study of Japanese language you have had;
use the IUC Summer Essay form (available for download in PDF and Word
formats at;

(4) transcripts: one official transcript from each college, university,
or post-secondary school attended;

(5) application fee: $80.00 (U.S. dollars); please submit a check in this
amount payable to Stanford University along with all other application

Address the application and all supporting materials to

Summer Kanbun Course
Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies
Pacifico Yokohama, 5F
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku
Yokohama, Japan 220-0012

Disclaimer: This course is being offered subject to a minimum enrollment of
three students and a maximum enrollment of eight students. If fewer than
three applicants meet the required proficiency level, the course will not
be taught in 2013. If more than eight applicants meet the basic
requirements for eligibility, admission of eight students will be based on
consideration of applicants’ need to read kanbun, their stated objectives,
and their proficiency in Japanese.

Admission decisions will be announced by e-mail not later than May 10.

Tuition payments are due before the beginning of instruction on June 21.
Checks should be made payable to Stanford University.

Any admitted applicant who decides not to enroll in the program should
immediately notify IUC Yokohama.

All inquiries, including questions regarding attendance that arise after
the application period, should be sent to the Center via email at Please do not make inquiries by telephone.

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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