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imageThe faculty members at the Center for Japanese Language andCulture are experts in teachingJapanese as a foreign language, Japanese Linguistics and general Linguistics, with a wealth of experience in teaching Japanese at domestic and foreign educational institutions. In addition to the full-time faculty members, academic members of undergraduate programs at the university as well as the non-tenured faculty members listed below engage in education in order to improve international students’ Japanese language ability, providing compassionate and meticulous guidance day and night.

The Center publishes the Bulletin of the Center for Japanese Language and Culture, Doshisha University, an annual academic journal carrying contributions by the faculty members.

The contents can be retrieved from Doshisha University Academic Repository.

Messages from Full-time Faculty Members


“Our goal is to foster the able students who can contribute to the creation of a new age”

HIRA Miyuki  [Professor]

Doshisha University Center for Japanese Language and Culture took its first small step in April, 1999, when we accepted six exchange students and eleven privately financed international students. So many students have studied at the Center and they are now playing an active part in the international society. Although the history of the Center for Japanese Language and Culture is quite short compared to the more than 100-year history of Doshisha University, I can recall a variety of invaluable experiences and precious memories during the past six years. I really appreciate that I have learned a lot through communications with each student.

It is said that whereas the keyword of the 20th century was “strength” that of the 21st century is “weakness.” We, the faculty members of the Center, devote ourselves to the education of our students every day, wishing to send out able students into the international society, who use their abilities as conscience dictates and create the world of the 21st century where the strong and the weak can live together. We wish to foster broad-minded, capable students who can put the mind on “the things which are not seen” as well as acquiring Japanese language and culture. “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 CORINTHIANS, 4.18)

Let’s study together at the Center for Japanese Language and Culture. We are sincerely looking forward to meeting you.


“Invaluable encounters in Kyoto”

LI Changbo  [Professor]

Hello everyone. My name is Li Changbo. I am teaching Japanese to international students at the Center for Japanese Language and Culture.

Since I first came to Kyoto in the autumn of 1989, I have been based in Kyoto all these years for both study and work. Before I knew it Kyoto has become my hometown, and I found myself unable to live away from the city. I have visited numerous shrines, temples and historic sites, but I still sometimes find something new as I walk along the streets, and the sight of the Kamo River always makes me feel relaxed.

Kyoto is a city of natural beauty and cultural richness. The Kamo River flows very close to Doshisha University and its appearance changes from season to season, no, from moment to moment, enchanting everyone who walks by. Kyoto attracts many international students who come here to appreciate the traditional cultures of Japan and the beauty of the country’s nature. It is a perfect place both for experiencing the profundity of Japanese culture and for multicultural communication. And most of all, Kyoto offers you a relaxed study environment.

Language is a wonderful bridge that connects people, and a key to unlock the door to a new world. Come join us at Doshisha University and open the door to the new world and invaluable encounters through studying Japanese.


“We are waiting for you in Kyoto”

MATSUMOTO Shusuke  [Associate Professor]

Doshisha University is located near the center of Kyoto city, and within walking distance from its campus are various facilities that have contributed to creation and preservation of the culture of Kyoto throughout its long history, such as Kyoto Imperial Palace and many temples and shrines, other historic heritages, studios of traditional crafts, head families of tea and flower arrangement schools, and long-established stores of Japanese sweets. I have no doubt that Doshisha University is a perfect environment for international students to gain firsthand experience and deep understanding of the Japanese language and culture.

The faculty and staff at the Center for Japanese Language and Culture and its Bekka Program are all fully committed to helping international students realize their goals and dreams. Since its establishment in 1999, the Center has accommodated an increasing number of international students every year, whose backgrounds have become increasingly diverse as well. Their pathways after completing our program have also diversified, with some of them proceeding to undergraduate and graduate studies, while others find a job in Japan, or return to their home country for further studies, or study abroad in another country. But what has remained the core of our teaching method all these years is our commitment to each one of our students and our enthusiasm to give them relevant advice and support according to their individual needs. We would like each one of our international students to be truly satisfied with their life at Doshisha, and to make the most of their experience here for their promising future. These are our wishes shared by all the faculty and staff members of the Center.

Please feel free to visit us at Doshisha University. We are looking forward to meeting you.


“Build a foundation for your future at Doshisha University!”

SUH Yoon Soon  [Associate Professor]

Hello everyone. I am Suh Yoon Soon of the Center for Japanese Language and Culture.

Kyoto, where Doshisha University is located, is a fascinating and unique city where the past and the present coexist. At the same time with preserving buildings that are more than thousand years old and various historic legacies in every corner, the city also accommodates such cutting-edge world-class companies as Nintendo, Kyocera and Wacoal. Doshisha University has been a part of the history of the city. I believe that Kyoto in its present form exists thanks to its past, a strong foundation of its long history and traditions. Such thick layers of history and traditions are the driving force that creates new ideas and possibilities, and connects the present and the future.

Have you ever pictured how you will be like in the future? I guess you have various images of your future job, home and family. To realize those images, you have to form a solid foundation for your future, which is the present and also the past if you look back on it from the future.

I sincerely hope that you will make the most of your time in Kyoto and Doshisha University to experience the dynamism of the past, present and future, draw a clear vision of your ideal self and create a bright future.

I will do my best to support your studies at Doshisha University and help you build a solid foundation for your future. I am looking forward to meeting you in my class.


“Welcome to Doshisha”

KITANI Makiko  [Associate Professor]

Hello, everyone. I'm Makiko Kitani. I believe that you are reading this website with the ambition to learn in Japan.
If you have already studied Japanese, you probably know that the Japanese language is similar to the Japanese culture, and that you need to understand the culture to fully understand the language. Doshisha is located on the north side of the Kyoto imperial palace. Kyoto is the historical capital of Japan and still is the heart of traditional culture, performing arts and crafts. Kyoto is the best city to learn Japanese culture which means it is also the best city to learn the Japanese language.

In addition, Doshisha is deeply connected with studying abroad. Doshsisha University was founded as Dohsisha Eigakko in 1875 by our school father, Joseph Hardy Neesima. He departed from the isolated Japan in 1864, and went to the USA. He studied at Philip's Academy, Amherst University and at Andover seminary and returned to Japan as a minister. His dream, founding a school based on Christian principles in Japan, came true. In short, Doshisha wouldn't exist if Neesima didn't study abroad.

He members of our faculty at the Center for Japanese Language and Culture have a long career teaching students from various countries and various backgrounds. And many of us have the experience of living, studying, or teaching abroad. We can understand our students' fears and efforts. We face each and every student. About our classes, the students are divided into nine levels based on their Japanese ability. The classes are based on our unique curriculum developed through experiences and history. I believe you will feel happy to learn Japanese language and culture at The Center for Japanese Language and Culture of Doshisha.

I send these words. It was sent to the first graduating class of Doshisha from Joseph Herdy Neesima.
Go, go, go, in peace. Be strong!
Mysterious hand guide you!

He name “Doshisha” means “people who share the same ambition”.
Please make sure of your ambition.
I'm looking forward to share your ambition and learn together at “Doshisha”.
I am sure the person who is brave, is strong and is willing to go ahead will be guided by mysterious hand.


“Broaden your knowledge of Japanese language and culture at Doshisha!”

NAKAI Yoshio  [Assistant Professor]

Hello, everyone! I’m Yoshio Nakai, a Japanese language teacher working with oversea students at the center of Japanese language and culture at Doshisha University.

Doshisha University is located in the historical city of Kyoto, where many Japanese traditions and the riches of beautiful nature still abound, and have ever since the capital was transferred here more than 1200 ago.  As someone who was born and brought up in Japan, I feel a strong appreciation for the traditional Japanese culture and history that exists everywhere in Kyoto.

I guess many of you have an image of Japanese culture already through learning Japanese language, watching animation and drama, or reading information on the web. But it is necessary to understand thesewith the language that is embodied with peoples’ lives and histories. If you study in Kyoto where tradition and history remain vibrant, you can broaden your understanding of Japanese culture and language.

I also guess that you are excited about coming here to study Japanese but may be anxious about studying at Doshisha University. But please do not worry about that because there are many teachers and administratorswho are willing to support your learning at Doshisha University, which has promoted globaleducation and understanding since it was established.

Please don’t hesitate ! Become a member of Doshisha University and broaden your knowledge of Japanese language and culture here !


“I’d like you to grow up to be a person who has international perspective”

TAKAGISHI Masako  [Assistant Professor]

In Kyoto, the culture which has been cultivated for a long tradition is rooted, while people there are also innovative, trying to do something new. Thus, Kyoto is an attractive city where old and new things exist together.

Doshisha University is located at the center of Kyoto city. I recommend Doshisha Univerisity to study abroad for the following three reasons.
First, Doshisha University has many experienced teachers and stuffs, who are very eager to support your dream, such as speaking Japanese fluently and being deeply involved in Kyoto.
Next, there are many opportunities to directly touch the traditional Kyoto culture in Doshisha University. In addition to the fact that there are many cultural heritages near the university, we also provide lectures by a head of family that has inherited a certain cultural legacies, and a shopkeeper of long-established shop in Kyoto. Through those opportunities, you can learn the deepness of culture in Kyoto.

Finally, lecture room in the university itself can be a place for cross-cultural communication. In Doshisha University there are many superior international students coming from all over the world. In addition, many Japanese students will support your study of Japanese language as a volunteer. Thus, by learning with students who have various cultural background, cooperating and discussing with them, you will cultivate a flexibility to have an another look toward your own country and accept a different perspective. 

I’d like you to grow up to be a person who has international perspective, by having a various experiences and meeting many people here in Doshisha University, Kyoto.