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Director


 

Matthew Stavros, Ph.D.
I first came to Kyoto during my second year in college.
The experience changed my life, leading to a career in government and research that’s kept me close to the country and the region for over 25 years. It’s been an amazing ride! After completing my formative studies at Hiroshima and Kyoto universities, I worked for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a consular affairs officer. I then went on to study history at Princeton University where I earned a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies. Specializing in urban and architectural history, I’ve written widely on Kyoto and its culture, including Kyoto: An Urban History of Japan’s Premodern Capital. Before joining KCJS in 2019, I was the director of Asian Studies at the University of Sydney, where I taught for 15 years.
Learn more about me at www.mstavros.com.

I’m committed to ensuring students have an experience characterized by intellectual inspiration and personal growth in an environment that is safe and supportive.

Don’t hesitate to contact me at ms5999@columbia.edu.

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KCJS Postdoctoral Fellow


 

Adam Lyons received his Ph.D. in Religion from Harvard University in 2017. His first book project focuses on prison chaplaincy in Japan from the late nineteenth century to the present, and it is the result of more than two years of archival research and fieldwork inside the Japanese prison system. His book manuscript, “Karma and Punishment: Prison Chaplaincy in Japan,” is now under review, and essays based on this research have appeared in the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (fall 2019), the Journal of Religion in Japan (summer 2019), and various Japanese publications, including the first scholarly volume covering the contemporary Japanese prison chaplaincy:
https://hongwanji-shuppan.com/item/detail.html?iid=1368

Lyons has presented his research at national and international conferences, including meetings of the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Asian Studies, the Japanese Association of Religious Studies, and the Japanese Association for the Study of Religion and Society. He is now working on his second book, a historical and ethnographic study of the Japanese new religious movement Tenrikyō, and he is conducting research for a comprehensive history of the connection between religions and social welfare work in Japan.

Before coming to KCJS, Lyons taught at Harvard University and Keio University, and he has volunteered in prison education programs over the course of ten years. He is an award-winning teacher, and he has mentored students who have gone on to top graduate programs in the United States. At KCJS, he teaches courses on Japanese religious life: “Divinities of Kyoto” and “Salvation and Sovereignty.” In his free time, he enjoys hiking, visiting temples, shrines and historical sites, and playing guitar. He encourages students to take a deep dive into the local culture and to spend time exploring the beautiful city of Kyoto and its surroundings!

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Core Faculty


 

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Orie Maeguchi

  • B.A. in Western philosophy from Ritsumeikan University
  • M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Illinois
  • Taught at Columbia University, UCLA, the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies in Yokohama, and in various other programs
  • Joined KCJS in 2006
  • Currently serves as Japanese Language Program Coordinator
  • Also teaches Japanese Pedagogy at Ritsumeikan University
  • Publication: Shauman’s Outline of Japanese Vocabulary, McGraw-Hill (co-author).

I have been teaching Japanese for 20 years, and I still enjoy what I do. It is because I like language, teaching, and the “I-have-got-it” faces of students. Other things I like are reading and walking. Yoroshiku.


前口織江

  • 立命館大学人文学部卒業(西洋哲学専攻)
  • イリノイ大学 修士号(アジア研究)
  • コロンビア大学、カリフォルニア大学ロサンゼルス校、アメリカ・カナダ大学連合日本研究センター(IUC)などにて日本語教育に携わる
  • 2006年より現職
  • 現在KCJS日本語プログラム コーディネーター
  • 立命館大学で日本語教授法を教える
  • 出版: Shauman’s Outline of Japanese Vocabulary, McGraw-Hill(共著)

日本語を教える仕事を20年間していますが、まだこの仕事にあきていません。言葉が好きで、分かりやすく説明することが好きで、分かった時のうれしそうな学生の顔が好きだからでしょうね。他に好きなことは、本を読むことと歩くことです。どうぞよろしく。

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Itsuko Nakamura

  • B.A. in Asian Studies from New York University
  • M.A. and Ed.M in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College Columbia University
  • Taught at New York University, Trinity College, Mount Holyoke College, Harvard University
  • Joined KCJS in 2007

You can study Japanese in the States. So, why study abroad? The answer is to learn from the host country and its people. Kyoto offers a lot to learn from – food culture, traditional culture, traditional arts, nature, etc. Also, you can find wide-ranging grassroots activist groups and interest groups. The city is fairly small, so it’s easy to get connected. For example, I am a part of sake-tasting group and sericulture study group. I practice yoga and shoulder drum of the Noh theatre. If you are interested, please join me!

I cannot stress enough how important it is to ask yourself what kind of activities you want to be involved in and what kind of people you want to meet before coming to Kyoto. Also, please come for two semesters if possible. One semester goes really fast. Your Japanese communication skills will improve tremendously in two semesters.

I look forward to studying with you in Kyoto!


中村伊都子

  • ニューヨーク大学卒業
  • コロンビア大学ティーチャーズカレッジ 修士号(教育修士課程修了)
  • ニューヨーク大学、トリニティ大学、マウントホリヨーク大学、ハーバード大学で日本語教育に携わる
  • 2007年より現職

日本語の勉強はアメリカにいてもできます。留学でしか得られないこと、それは、「京都」から学ぶことです。食文化あり、伝統文化、伝統芸能あり、自然あり。京都は学ぶには素晴らしい町です。また、草の根レベルの活動や小さい趣味のグループの活動が盛んです。小さい町だからこそつながりやすいです。ちなみに私は日本酒の会、養蚕の勉強会、お能の小鼓の稽古、ヨガなどをしています。

京都でどんな活動をしたいか、どんな出会いをしたいか、イメージをふくらませて来てください。また、できれば2学期間来てほしいです。ぐんと日本語力がつきますよ。

みなさんと勉強できるのを楽しみにしています。

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Kaori Nakata

  • B.A. in English Literature from University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo
  • M.A. in Japanese Literature from The Ohio State University
  • Taught at the Ohio State University, Washington University in St. Louis, (Summer Intensive Program) Cornell University, ICU
  • Joined KCJS in 2013
  • Currently serves as CIP Coordinator

Take a slight turn into a back alley, and you’ll find traditional Kyoto houses, temples and shrines with histories of 1,000 years or more. Enter the main streets and you’ll find a treasure trove of cutting-edge pop culture. Then, find yourself in amidst a riot of green along a hiking trail within minutes of swaying back and forth on a city bus. For studying Japanese, one could rightly say that there is no more fertile soil than that of Kyoto in which the modern and the ancient, the metropolitan and the nature have been distilled. With the multiplying effect of students brimming with motivation gathered from all over America and an army of instructors, when you complete your study abroad at the KCJS Program born of this fertile soil, you will be fluent in Japanese, and have grown one or two-fold as a person.

I eagerly await those of you who want to challenge themselves and their Japanese in Kyoto!


中田かおり

  • 聖心女子大学英文学部卒業
  • オハイオ州立大学 修士号(日本文学)
  • オハイオ州立大学、ワシントン大学セントルイス、コーネル大学、ICU(夏季集中講座)で日本語教育に携わる。
  • 2013年より現職
  • 現在CIPコーディネーター

ちょっと裏道に入ると昔ながらの町屋が屋根を連ね、千年以上の歴史を持つお寺や神社が右にも左にも。大通りに出れば最先端のポップカルチャーの宝庫。そして、バスに揺られること数十分で緑まぶしいハイキングコース。新と旧、都会と大自然がぎゅっと凝縮して存在する京都ほど、日本語を学ぶのに豊かな土壌はないと言えるでしょう。その豊かな土壌で育まれたKCJSのプログラムでは、全米から集まってくる意欲に満ちた学生と教授陣との相乗効果で、留学を終えると、日本語能力はもちろんのこと、人間としてもひとまわりもふたまわりも大きく成長して帰っていきます。自分に、そして日本語に挑戦してみたいと思う学生、京都で待っています!

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Miyuki Nishimata(Fukai)


西俣(深井) 美由紀

Q:Why did you start teaching Japanese?
A:At first, because I wanted to live in Australia (I was told that becoming a Japanese teacher would be a good way to do so because there was a shortage of Japanese teachers). I became less interested in living in Australia, but I pursued the career in teaching Japanese because I enjoy teaching and hope to contribute to enriching the students’ life even just a little bit.
Q:What would you be if you were not teaching Japanese?
A:I wanted to be a mangaka (cartoon artist). I actually tried to no avail.
Q:A word to the students?
A:Living in another country is a great experience. If you can have that experience in Kyoto with us, that’s the best!

Q:どうして日本語教師になったのですか?
A:最初はオーストラリアに移住したかったから。高校生の時、オーストラリアに行ってとても気に入り、ガイドさんに移住するために何をしたらいいか聞いたところ、「日本語教師の数が足りないので、日本語教師になったらいい」と言われました。それで、大学で日本語教育を専攻しました。その後、オーストラリアに移住したいとは思わなくなりましたが、教えるのが好きで、学生の人生にちょっとでも足跡が残せたらいいなと思い、日本語教師をしています。
Q:日本語教師になっていなかったら、何をしていたと思いますか?
A:なれたかどうかはわかりませんが、子供の時は漫画家になりたかったです。実際に漫画を描いて、友達と本を作ったりしてました。
Q:学生に一言。
A:外国に住むのはとてもいい経験です。それが京都でできるなら最高ですよ!おいでやす、京都!

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Chihiro Yamaoka

  • B.A. in German Literature from Chuo University
  • M.A. in Linguistics from Ohio University
  • Taught at Osaka University for Foreign Studies, Konan-Illinois Center at Konan University in Kobe
  • Joined KCJS in 1989
  • Currently serve as Academic Director of KCJS Summer Programs in Modern and Classical Japanese
  • Publication: Workbooks of Japanese Grammar for Upper-Elementary Level I, II, III & IV, Tokyo: Bonjinsha (co-author)

Try to go outside of the classroom and have many cultural and social experiences. There is no foreign language study without having experiences in the culture and society.


山岡千弘

  • 中央大学文学部卒業(ドイツ文学)
  • オハイオ大学 修士号(言語学)
  • 大阪外国語大学、甲南大学甲南・イリノイセンターで日本語教育に携わる
  • 1989年より現職
  • 現在KCJS現代・古典日本語サマープログラム アカデミックディレクター
  • 出版:『項目別日本語文法問題集 初中級用1-4』凡人社(共著)

教室で勉強するだけでなく教室の外に行って、いろいろな事を経験して下さい。 文化的、社会的な経験のない外国語学習はありません。

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Adjunct Instructors


 

image Patrick Strefford is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Kyoto Sangyo University. He earned his BA at Hull University, his MA at Leeds University, and his PhD at Kobe University. At Kyoto Sangyo University, Dr. Strefford teaches course on International Relations, International Development and the Theory of Knowledge. His research focuses on Myanmar’s foreign relations, particularly aid donors’ policies and practices towards Myanmar. Dr. Strefford has recently published articles on Japanese diplomacy towards Myanmar, Myanmar’s transition and the international ODA regime, and on capacity development in Myanmar, among others. From 2013 to 2016, Dr. Strefford was the Principal Researcher on a Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences grant to support research into international aid to support the transition in Myanmar, focusing on donor assistance to capacity building in the public sector.
imageDouglas Woodruff first came to Japan in 1966 with his family and traveled throughout the country. He returned to Japan in 1972 to spend his junior year in college at Doshisha University, and after completing his B.A. degree at Oberlin, he has lived in Kyoto ever since. Douglas apprenticed as a carpenter at Hasegawa Kobo from 1976-78, established an independent workshop in northern Kyoto prefecture in 1979, and at the same time began a partnership with the architectural firm Atelier Ryo that is still ongoing. From that year as well, he has undertaken woodworking commissions from private patrons in prefectures across Japan and in France, Hawaii, and Canada to disassemble, relocate, reassemble, and renovate country farmhouses (minka). Since 2000 he has also been involved in a number of Kyo-machiya, kura, and teahouse reconstruction and renovation projects both in Japan and abroad. He has exhibited samples of his carpentry and woodworking pieces regularly in Kyoto, and his work has been featured in numerous magazines (including Bungei Shunju, Kateigaho, Jutaku Kenchiku, Bessatsu Taiyo, Tezukuri Mokko Jiten) and books (including Japan Country Living and The Japanese House, both published by Tuttle Press).
kibaSaya Kiba is Assistant Professor at Faculty of Policy Studies, Doshisha University, Kyoto. She studied in Kobe University (Ph.D. in Political Science 2010) and the Third World Studies Center, University of the Philippines. Her major fields of interest are Southeast Asian studies, civil-military relations, international cooperation policies, disaster relief cooperation in Asia-Pacific, and defense diplomacy. She has worked in the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, the House of Representatives of Japan, Embassy of Japan in Thailand, and a Japan-based international NGO for conflict prevention. Her recent works includes “Regional Cooperation on Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Response: Crisis or Opportunity?” (Jennifer Santiago Oreta ed., Security Sector Reform: Modern Defense Force Philippine, Ateneo de Manila University Department of Political Science. 2014) and “Civil-Military Cooperation in Japan’s Peace Support Operations: JSDF in search of NGO partners in South Sudan”, Japanese Studies Journal Vol. 31, No.2, Institute of Asian Studies, Thammasat University, 2014. She also contributes columns and reviews to newspapers, journals and magazines on current events in Asia-Pacific region.
Nanyan Guo is an expert of Japanese Studies, and cultural exchange between East and West since the 16th century.
She taught at the University of Otago (New Zealand) for fifteen years, and conducted research at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto, Japan) for nine years.
Her recent publications include three monographs, Refining Nature in Modern Japanese Literature: The Life and Art of Shiga Naoya, (Lexington Books, 2014), Interpreting “World Literature” through Shiga Naoya (Sakuhinsha, 2016, in Japanese), Following Xavier’s Dreams: Modern Missionary Writings in Japanese (Heibonsha, 2018, in Japanese), and three edited volumes, Japan’s Wartime Medical Atrocities: Comparative Inquiries in Science, History and Ethics (Routledge, 2010), Bilingual Japanese Literature (Sangensha, 2013, in Japanese), and Japanese Literature by Missionaries: the Origin of Multi-Lingual, Multi-Cultural Communication (Akashi shoten, 2017, in Japanese).
Diego Pellecchia is an Associate Professor at Kyoto Sangyo University’s the Faculty of Cultural Studies where he teaches courses on traditional Japanese performing arts. He obtained a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, in the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies. His area of expertise is noh theatre, which he also practices and performs 2006. His research interests include amateur studies, reception studies, and digital humanities. He has published various articles on the reception of noh theatre in the west and on noh training.
Kyoko Utsumi Mimura teaches Japanese art history and aesthetics at Waseda University. She was long-time International Programs Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, and specializes in Japanese traditional popular crafts and arts (mingei). Mimura is also Producer and Director of Friendship Bridge: Classical Music and Arts Society, a non-profit organization that produces productions with Japanese traditional performing arts, opera and classical music, and also organizes lectures and exhibitions on Japanese craft and traditions. Her latest publication is the English translation of The Philosophy of Design: Essays by Sori Yanagi (Yanagi Design Office, 2015).
Jessica Bauwens-Sugimoto is Associate Professor at Ryukoku University’s Faculty of International Studies (Arts & Media course). After earning two M.A.s from the Catholic University of Leuven (Japanese Studies, Social and Cultural Anthropology), she came to Japan in 1997 with a MEXT scholarship, earned another M.A. at Osaka University (Sociology), and in 2007 her PhD (also Osaka University). Her research is in the nexus of Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Film Studies and Manga/Comics Studies (with emphasis on sequential art made by and for girls and women) and related fields (animation, fashion).
Galia Todorova Petkova has been teaching and conducting extensive research on Japanese traditional performing arts at universities in Europe, Canada, Indonesia and Japan for over
20 years. She earned her PhD in Japanese Studies from SOAS, University of London. Her doctoral dissertation “Performing Gender in Edo-period Kabuki” explores, in detail, the processes of construing ideals of femininity and masculinity on the stage, and the fluidity of the concept of gender in premodern theatre and society that continues to influence contemporary Japanese pop culture. She has been in receipt of grants from Japan Foundation and Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, and has undertaken research at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto, Japan) for four years. Her investigative interests are performing arts in Asia, focusing on Japan, and gender studies – cultural re/presentation of gender and construction of idea(l)s of femininity and masculinity in performative space. Galia’s two more recent projects focus on regional performing arts in Japan and the female versions of all-male traditional performing arts and kabuki masculine heroes in Japanese culture.
Carmen Sǎpunaru Tămaș is a Romanian anthropologist, currently in charge of the Japanese language and culture program at the University of Hyogo. After obtaining her PhD from Osaka University in 2009, she has been teaching Japanese mythology and anthropology at Osaka University, Kobe University, and Lakeland College. Her most recent publication is a volume on Japanese rituals and their ties with the local communities, “Ritual Practices and Daily Rituals. Glimpses into the World of Matsuri” (Pro Universitaria 2018). She is also the author of a textbook of Japanese mythology (Osaka University 2012) and of several academic papers in Japanese and English, on topics related to the mythology and ethnology of Japan.
Mizuki Takahashi is an associate professor of biology and animal behavior at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA, where he teaches courses related to ecology, evolution, conservation and animal behavior. Native to Japan, he earned his B.S. from University of Tsukuba, Ibaragi, Japan, M.S. at the University of Tokyo, another M.S from Marshall University, USA, and his Ph.D. from University of Memphis, USA. He is broadly interested in ecology, ethology, and conservation of amphibians. His lab is currently working on 1) effects of road salt pollution on local amphibian species, 2) parental care behavior of Japanese giant salamanders, and 3) detection and monitoring of giant salamanders using environmental DNA.

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Staff


 

Left to right: Hollstein, Shore, Toda, Wada, Nakanishi

Fusako Shore is the KCJS assistant director, handling office management, student services, academic reporting, scheduling, planning of enrichment programs, faculty relations, alumni affairs, and cooperative arrangements with Kyoto-area universities and organizations. She is a native of Kyoto and has been at KCJS since the first class in 1989-90.


Tazuko Wada is the KCJS housing coordinator, overseeing all aspects of the housing programs, including homestays and apartments for students and visiting faculty. She also serves as administrative assistant, overseeing facilities, equipment, and inventory. She has been with the KCJS since 1993.


Keiko Toda is the KCJS program assistant, planning and managing extracurricular activities, maintaining KCJS website and facebook.
She joined KCJS in 2015.


Yoshiko Hollstein is the KCJS Financial Officer and oversees all financial matters. She manages the payment of bills, the movement of funds, and regular financial reporting.


Michiko Nakanishi is the KCJS librarian. She is in charge of the development and maintenance of the collection of books and journals about Japan. She orders textbooks and prepares reading packets and assists students with reference questions about resources for their research projects. She joined KCJS in summer 2008.

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