Rare letter, collection of books among a pair of gifts at the Hamilton Library



Deputy Consul General Shinichi Yamanaka, EUH Librarian Clem Guthro and Associate Director of the Gay Satsuma Center for Japanese Studies with the books from the Read Japan project.

Two recent donations were made to the University of Hawaii in the Asia collection of the Mānoa Hamilton library. Donations include 23 books as part of the Japan Science Society’s Read Japan project and a rare letter written by Sir Ernest Satow (1843-1929), a British scholar, diplomat and Asian scholar.

A delivery ceremony was held on December 16 for the book donation of the Read Japan Project, where Deputy Consul General Shinichi Yamanaka and Vice Consul Miho Sakai from the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu met EUH Librarian Clem guthro, Japanese Studies Librarian Tokiko Bazzell and Gay Satsuma, associate director of the Center for Japanese Studies, to present the books. The project’s mission is to promote understanding of Japan throughout the world through English translations of Japanese books on subjects such as history, literature and art.

“There are many interesting books about Japan written in Japanese that benefit many, but not students and researchers who do not have a command of the Japanese language,” Bazzell said. “We have a lot of these people on campus. I really appreciate the Read Japan project to translate as many good books as possible to reach many readers to learn more about Japan.

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Letter written by Sir Ernest Satow

Sir Ernest Satow’s letter was donated to the library by Deborah Rudolph, wife of the late John Hawley. It was addressed to Tadatsuga Hanawa, the grandson of a well-known blind scholar of the Edo period, Hanawa Hokiichi, who compiled a massive body of historical Japanese documents and literature called Gusho Ruiju. Satow’s letter thanked Tadatsuga for letting him borrow the set for a long time.

According to Rudolph, Frank Hawley treasured the letter, framed it and placed it on his office wall. When Frank’s son John Hawley and Deborah got married, he was offered to them and John admired him until his death.

The letter was also donated to the library in honor of Bazzell, who will be retiring from college at the end of December after 22 years of service. “I am so touched and so grateful to Mrs. Rudolph for this precious gift to the library, which will be part of the Sakamaki / Hawley Collection (in the Asia Collection),” said Bazzell.

Visit Hamilton Library for more information on the Asia collection.

These gifts are examples of EUH Mānoa’s goal of improving student success (PDF) and Research Excellence: Advancing the Business of Research and Creative Work (PDF), two of the four objectives identified in the 2015-25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.

Director of the Center for Japanese Studies Mark Levin, Librarian of Japanese Studies Tokiko Bazzell, EUH Librarian Clem Guthro, Director of the Okinawa Study Center Masato Ishida and Professor Yuma Totani.



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