- 龍谷大学国際社会文化研究所紀要 (ISSN:18800807)
- vol.6, pp.93-97, 2004-03-25
Minakata Kumagusu (1867-1941), a distinguished scholar both in ecology and folklore, wrote many Japanese essays which are often viewed as pedantic and difficult to read through. It is, however, important to understand that he spent fourteen years in the US and UK, and only wrote essays in English until he was nearly forty years old. Even after his late start as a Japanese essayist, he seems to have put priority on his English contributions to the two London magazines, Nature and Notes and Queries over publications in Japanese. It is therefore necessary to analyse his English essays in order to fully understand his studies and philosophy. In this project, we aim to trace the background to Minakata's English essays in connection with the scholary exchanges published in Nature.