Applications open for the Young Scholars’ Programme 2018 (see below)

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June Lecture Meeting

Monday, 18th June, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Mr. Alexander Byrne
Title: “The S. Shobey Silk Store of Yokohama, its production and export of Western style gowns with fine Japanese embroidery as well as silk accessories from the Bakumatsu era onwards.”
Venue: Shibuya Kyōiku Gakuen
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: 15-minute walk from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit. Map.

The S. Shobey Silk Store was the first Japanese brand to design, manufacture, and sell a range of silk products including luxurious gowns, smoking jackets, handkerchiefs, neckties, and other embroidered items aimed at the Western market both in Japan and overseas. The company was established by Mr. Shobei Shiino (1839-1900) in 1859, the year Yokohama opened as a treaty port, when the young Mr. Shiino placed an English sign outside his store on Honcho-dori, Yokohama, that read ‘S. Shobey Silk Store’. In 1873 he was sent by the Meiji government to the World’s Fair in Vienna to learn about the silk industry in Europe. He then exhibited at subsequent World's Fairs in Philadelphia (1876), Paris (1878), Melbourne (1880), Barcelona (1888) and Chicago (1893), winning numerous awards for his gowns and other embroidered items. The recent discovery of a silk embroidery made to commemorate Queen Victoria becoming Empress of India in 1877 further attests to the demand for S. Shobey products and their high quality. There is also evidence that S. Shobey was the first in the world to make decorative scarves. This visual talk takes a look at the S. Shobey Silk Store, its history and development, the story behind how the speaker came to know about it, as well as some interesting discoveries made along the way. Some early S. Shobey products will also be on display.

Alexander Byrne was born in Sydney in 1972 and first came to Japan on a working holiday in 1993. He graduated from Macquarie University (Sydney) in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts (Japanese Studies) and spent one year as an exchange student at Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1999-2000 for his honours year while also working part-time at Berlitz Japan. In 2016 he left Berlitz after having reached the title of Senior Manager of Instruction and founded Bakumatsuya Co. Ltd. (, a company dealing in rare books, manuscripts, and photographs mostly from the Edo and Meiji eras. His main interest is in items related to the communication between Westerners and Japanese people during that period. He also addressed the Asiatic Society of Japan in February 2011 on the topic of Japanese crepe paper books.

Coming Meeting

Details of the September Meeting shall be announced in a subsequent Bulletin to be published this summer.


Young Scholars Programme 2018

Nominations are welcomed for the 2018 Young Scholars’ Programme. This programme was initiated in 2006 with the support of the Society’s Honorary Patron, HIH Princess Takamado, to give researchers at doctoral level the opportunity to present their research on Japan and/or Asia and answer questions on it in English. This year’s programme is anticipated to take place in early November 2018.

Four young scholars will be selected to give a presentation for 15 minutes each to the Society. The closing date for nominations this year is midnight on Friday, July 13th. All nominated candidates (to be first selected by a university Professor or other nominator) should submit the following:

a) A provisional title for their presentation
b) Details of their field of research
c) A CV or brief biography
d) A formal letter of recommendation on headed note-paper from his/her academic supervisor supporting the application. *

* Candidates may submit their materials directly to the Asiatic Society of Japan, via e-mail, to However, the letter of recommendation should be submitted directly to by the academic supervisor (not the candidate). Applications by post are also welcome.

Candidates will be notified of the selection results in late July 2018.
For further details, please e-mail the ASJ Office at, entitling your e-mail ‘2018 Young Scholars’ Programme.’


Our 2018 Copyright Search continues for Transactions authors below to grant the ASJ copyright consent.

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221 Consent forms have been confirmed as of January 03, 2018.

47 authors remain to be contacted and confirmed. Three authors are not on this public list.

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In preparation for the launch of the digitized archives online of the journal “The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan”, the Asiatic Society of Japan is seeking information regarding copyright holders.
Just added after the author’s information: [Year of publication in Transations].
Copyright consent volunteers might want to try finding someone with a recent year and either still alive or recently departed.

Burdick, Charles Burton (d. 1998) [1996]

Crawcour (Edwin) Sydney [1961, 1966]

Daniels, Frank J. (d. 1983) [1959]

Furness, George A. [1980] (with Yanai Hiroshi)

Harich-Schneider, Eta (d. 1986) [1957]

Ike, Nobutaka (d. 2005) [1957]

Kades, C. L. (d. 1996) [1982]
Kroker, Edward (Eduard) J.M. (d. 2007) [1959]
Kuno, Keitaro [2010]

Lerski, Jerzy Jan (d. 1992) [1959]

Malm, William P. [1984]
Mayer, Fanny Hagin (d. 1990) [1980]
McNelly, Theodore [1982, 2006]

Nayuki, Izumi (has vanished?) [2011]

Ohe, Seizō (d. 1992?) [1965]

Parish, H. Carroll [1972]
Pierson, Jr. Jan Lodewijk (d. 1979) [1929, 1934, 1937]
Plummer, Katherine (d. 2013) [1984]
Prickett, Stephen [1998]

Querido, Andries (d. 2001) [1983]

Redman, Sir Vere (d. 1975) [1975]
Romieux, Jean (d. 2012) [1932]

Sakamaki, Shunzo (d. 1973) [1938]
Schipper, William (d. 2009?) [1996]
Seat, Keith [1981]
Shimatsu, Yoichi C. [1995] (book review)
Shionozaki, Hiroshi [1994]
Sissons, D.C.S. (d. 2006) [1987]
Smith, Neil Skene (d. 1972) [1996]
Smith, Robert J. (d. 2016) [1934, 1937]
Spinks, Charles Nelson (d. ?) [1950]
Stramigioli, Giuliana (d. 1988) [1951]

Tao, Zhikun (Young Scholar) [2012]
Teow, Dr. See Heng [1994]
Totman, Conrad [1983]
Trotter, Ms. Ann [1991]
Tsuchiya, Takao (d. 1988) [1996]

van Briessen, Fritz (d. 1987) [1965]

Waley, Arthur (d. 1991) [1959]
Wildes, Harry Emerson (d. 1982) [1937]
Willcock, Hiroko [1989]
Williams, Harold Stannett (d. 1987) [1975]
Wright, David [1999]

Ye, Kyaw Thu (YSP) [2010]
Yoshida, Toyoko [1981]

Zahl, Karl F. (d. 2013) [1972]
Zolbrod, Leon (d. 1991) [1968, 1988]

Copyright Heroes 2017

Signed copyright consent forms have been received from or on behalf of the following authors.
Their article(s) will be available online once the Forum is operational.

Ackroyd, Joyce (d. 1991)
Anderson, Stephen John
Ayrton, W. E. (out of ©)
Barrett, Marie-Thérèse
Beasley, William G. (d. 2006)
Beauchamp, Edward (d. 2006)
Beretta, Lia
Berton, Peter (d. 2014)
Borton, Hugh (d. 1995)
Cohen, Aaron M.

Coville, Cabot (d. 1987)
Cullen, Louis
Dan, Ikuma (d. 2001)
de Becker, Eric Victor Ambrose (d. 1972)
Dolce, Lucia
Elisonas, Jurgis Saulius Algirdas [2012]
Farrington, Anthony (d. 2008)
Figgess, Sir John (d. 1997)
Finch, Roger
Hammond, Jeff M.
Harris, Mr. Tim
Horiguchi, Mihoko (d. 2013)
Horton, H. Mack

Howes, John F. (d. 2017)
Hrdličková, Věnceslava
Huffman, James L.
Huq, Mr. Mir Monzurul
Imazeki, Rokuya (d. 1991)
Immoos, Thomas (d. 2001)
Iosifidou, Maria
Ishii, Yoneo (d. 2010)
Iwao, Seiichi (d. 1988)
Johnson, Linda
Joly, Jacques

Kersten, Mr. Carool
Kishibe, Shigeo (d. 2005)
Kusonoki, Dr. Ayako
Levy Jr., Marion J. (d. 2002)
McDowell, Kevin
McKeen Di Crocco, Virginia
Monnet, Livia
Nish, Ian H.
Odaira, Takeshi
Reynolds, Douglas R.

Schlichtmann, Klaus
Sorrells, Virginia
Statler, Oliver (d. 2002)
Tominaga, Michio (d. 2004)
Zachert, Hans-d

Consent not required. Out of copyright by 2020.

Dooman, Eugene H.
Groot, Father Gerard (d. 1970)
Gundert, Wilhelm
Itani, Zen’ichi
Nakamura, Naokatsu
Rabbitt, James A.
Robert, Marcel
Sadler, Arthur Lindsay
Shimizu, Isamu
van Gulik, Robert H.

Consent not required. ASJ sole publisher AND no family discoverable.

Boxer, Charles Ralph (d. 1995)
Buchanan, Rev. Daniel Crump (d. 1982)
Kuiper, J. Feenstra (d. 1970)
Romieux, Jean (d. 2012)
Roussos, Jason E. S.
Wasson, Robert Gordon