Japan’s Book Donation to the University of Louvain

Japanese Cultural Identity and Modernity in the 1920s

Edited by Jan Schmidt, Willy Vande Walle, and Eline Mennens

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Due to the Corona Crisis the exhibition has been postponed to October 2022.

Companion to the exhibition “Japan’s Book Donation to the University of Louvain”, KU Leuven University Library, October 2022.
With more than 3,000 titles in almost 14,000 volumes, the 1920s Japanese book donation to the University of Leuven/Louvain is an invaluable time capsule of near-forgotten pre-modern culture and knowledge in Japan. This book combines an attractively illustrated overview of the history of the donation, thus giving the reader fascinating insights into the vibrant 1920s in Japan, its politics, society, and popular culture, with detailed descriptions of a careful selection of 100 pre-modern Japanese books.

 This book offers a collection of cutting-edge academic essays and a wealth of high-quality reproductions of astonishing exhibits such as visually captivating commercial and political 1920s posters that represent progress and conflict, highlighting both Imperial ambitions and a willingness to contribute to international cooperation.

All contributors are affiliated with KU Leuven: Willy Vande Walle, Jan Schmidt, Freya Terryn, Aurel Baele, Lieven Sommen, Eline Mennens


Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 285 × 195 mm

424 pages

ISBN: 9789462702288

Publication: September 26, 2022

Languages: English

Eline Mennens is research assistant in the Research Unit of Japanese Studies at the KU Leuven.
Jan Schmidt is associate professor of Modern History of Japan at the KU Leuven.
Willy Vande Walle is professor emeritus of Japanese Studies at the KU Leuven.