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The Ashes of Tokyo University°«s Department of Shinto Studies
Presently, there are no public universities with a department of Shinto Studies or which offer regular courses on the subject. This was not always the case. Prior to the Second World War, Tokyo Imperial University [today, the University of Tokyo] established a program in Shinto Studies. In 1921, Tokyo Imperial University°«s Department of Religion and Religious History established a concentration in Shinto Studies, headed by Katō Genchi. The following year, a second professor, Tanaka Yoshitō also began offering a course on Shinto. Professor Katō taught courses such as °»Shinto and Religious Issues°… and °»The Origins of Shinto and its Development°… and Professor Tanaka offered a course on °»Shinto at the End of the Edo Shogunate.°… In 1923, the university established a full-fledged department of Shinto Studies and it was active in holding events such as public lecture series. After the end of the war, however, the university abolished the department so its library, including many valuable manuscripts, moved to the Department of Religious Studies where it sat unexplored for years. Recently, a catalogue of the works in the former Department of Shinto Studies collection has come to press. Following the recent publication of the catalog of the Kōno collection housed at Kokugakuin University (Kōno Shōzō kinen bunko mokuroku [Catalog of the Kōno Shōzo memorial collection] Institute of Japanese Culture and Classics, Kokugakuin University, ed.), this is more joyous news for scholars interested in Shinto history.
"Establishment of a National Learning Institute for the Dissemination of Research on Shinto and Japanese Culture"
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