Dr. Mark McNally gives final CJS Seminar of the semester

Dr. Mark McNally gave the final CJS Seminar of the semester on Friday, April 30 titled “Kokugaku and Wagaku: Usages and Meanings, Edo and Meiji.” Dr. McNally’s talk explored the perception among many in Japanese studies that the terms Kokugaku and Wagaku are virtually indistinguishable. Instead, Dr. McNally notes, when we examine their reasons for selecting either Kokugaku or Wagaku, we are afforded insights into the views of Edo intellectuals regarding the significance of scholarly endeavors focused on Japanese antiquity. Pictured below are Dr. McNally (with lei) and other members of the CJS faculty in the Tokioka Room.