Workshop on Japanese Historical Text Initiative (JHTI)

Yuko Okubo, PhD, JHTI Coordinator, Center for Japnaese Studies,UC Berkeley

The Japanese Historical Text Initiative (JHTI),, is an electronic research database hosted by the Center for Japanese Studies of the University of California, Berkeley that is designed to aid research in Japanese history and literature in two ways: (a) it enables a researcher to search through a vast amount of source material very rapidly; and (b) it enables a researcher to see on the same screen both the Japanese original and the English translation of any word or string of words, or any character or string of characters, being studied. The latter is made possible by an interactive search engine created by Professor Ikuo Oketani of Osaka International University. The JHTI was first started by Delmer Brown, Professor Emeritus of History, UC Berkeley, in 1998 with technical assistance from Prof. Oketani. Grants have been received from Tsubaki America, the University of California at Berkeley, the International Shinto Foundation, and the Japanese Ministry of Education. Individual monetary gifts have been received from Dr. Felicia Bock and Prof. Delmer Brown. The JHTI project is now headed by Prof. Andrew Barshay of the UC Berkeley History Department. The JHTI website is maintained by the Center for Japanese Studies, a unit of the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, which has also provided valuable assistance and support. The texts included in the JHTI website are divided into seven categories.

1) Ancient chronicles, compiled by officials of the Imperial Court at the command of the emperor(s).

2) Ancient gazetteers, submitted by provincial officials according to imperial edicts handed down during the first half of the 8th century.

3) Ancient Kami-civil code, a comprehensive compilation of religious and civil law.

4) Medieval stories historical texts written about what was said and done by powerful leaders of aristocratic and military clans during early years of the emerging feudal age.

5) Medieval and early-modern interpretive histories. Between 1219 and 1712, three great interpretive histories were written, mirroring the religious and political interests of their authors.

6) The Japanese state and Imperial Shinto.

7) other texts from the late Edo to Meiji

Dr. Okubo will demonstrate how to make searches by using "Retrieval" and "Browse" functions. Special attention will be given to the ways that JHTI can be used for teaching and research 1) how to select a text, 2) how to search a text, and 3) how to use the "Retrieval" and "Browse" modes.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010 | 2:00 pm — 3:30 pm
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor

Center for East Asian Studies