Center for Japanese Studies

Background image: Fall in Japan
Image credit:
Paul Cuoco

The Center for Japanese Studies supports and promotes an encyclopedic array of research and teaching related to Japan; we also support the study of historic and contemporary connections between Japan and Japanese Americans. Throughout the year, we host a regular lecture series, colloquia, and symposia bringing to campus a stimulating and always-changing community of intellectuals and public figures, including journalists, performers, artists, and business leaders. Our nearly forty faculty, one hundred graduate students and two thousand undergraduates engage in study and original research that the Center supports with fellowships and grants. The Center also serves as a home for specialists from throughout the world who come to Berkeley as Visiting Scholars. We invite you to join us at our many activities as we strive to cultivate innovative and ever-richer study of Japan.


To help limit the coronavirus risk to our campus, community, and guests, the Center for Japanese Studies has canceled all in-person events and will hold them online. The CJS office is also closed with staff working remotely. Please forgive any delay in communication at this time. 

For information on how UC Berkeley is responding, please go to this webpage:

We encourage all friends of CJS to follow the guidelines set by health and government officials and to stay safe and healthy.

Many of our online events have been recorded and are free to view. Please go to our Recorded Events page to watch videos of past talks.

"An Invitation to Kabuki" A History and Demonstration of Kabuki with Kyozo Nakamura (November 7, 2019)

Professor Duncan Williams (USC) presents his new book, "American Sutra" (February 25, 2019)

Panel Discussion with Documentary Filmmaker Hanayo Oya (November 19, 2019)

Visiting Scholar Activity - Fall Picnic and BBQ (September 14, 2019)

Japan Studies Dissertation Workshop (March 26-29, 2019)

Takaaki Kajita, Nobel Award-winning physicist, receives the Berkeley Japan Prize (October 31, 2017)

Students present Japan America Student Conference program and CJS scholarships (November 18, 2019)

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