Sources of Ryūkyūan History and Culture in European Collections
1996, iudicium Verlag, München, 396 S., geb., ISBN 3-89129-493-X, € 55,—. [ Bestellen
The Kingdom of Ryūkyū was, from its beginnings in the middle ages up to 1879, besides the Yamato State, the Heian Court or the shogunates of Kamakura, Muromachi and Edo, the only other independent political entity on the Japanese islands. It developed its own standard language, the Shuri language (or dialect) with roots in the Heian era. It also developed its own value system quite different of what we consider the 'Japanese' value pattern. And it had its independent history with intensive contacts with China and the Korean Peninsula, and for more than two centuries also with Southeast Asia and various European countries.
The present volume, which comprises papers read at the International Symposium, 'Sources of Ryūkyūan History and Culture in Europe' (Bonn 1994), aims at two fields of study of the German Institute of Japanese Studies in Tōkyō: First, by surveying existing sources on Ryūkyū in European collections, a very special part of the historic contacts between Germany/Europe and Japan/Okinawa could be re-examined. Second, studies of these cultural relics may help to understand better the special history and culture of Okinawa within its Japanese framework.
Notes on the History of European-Ryukyuan Contacts
The Kingdom of Ryukyu and its Overseas Trade
Dutch Encounters with the Kingdom of Ryukyu and Ryukyuan Collections in the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden
Knowledge and Sources on Ryukyu in Germany and Austria
Scholars, Officers and Missionaries: A History of French Sources on Ryukyu
Ryukyuan Resources in Britain: An Introductory Survey
Kabanoff, A. M.
Materials on the Ryukyuan Islands in St. Petersburg
Contact through Collectibles: Scandinavia and the Ryukyu Islands
Ryukyu Lacquerware in Europe - Focussing on the haku-e Technique
An Encounter with Dyed and Woven Textiles from the Kingdom of Ryukyu. With Main Focus on the Collection at the Berlin National Museum of Ethnology
Ryukyuan Resources in Japan and the Database Project
General Bibliography of Ryukyu-related Books and Articles Published in French
Ryukyuan Collections in Europe
Ryukyuan Collections in the United States
Ryukyuan Collections in Japan