Willy Vande Walle
Vande Walle was born in Roeselare, Belgium. His secondary education focused on classical humanities (Greek-Latin) at Klein Seminarie Roeselare (1962–1968). He studied Oriental Philology and History at the State University of Ghent and earned his doctoral degree in Oriental Philology in 1976.
Vande Walle is tenured professor of Japanese Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven or KU Leuven) in Belgium. He teaches Japanese language and literature, history of Japan, art history of East Asia, as well as history of China and Chinese poetry. The KU Leuven coursework is supplemented with active Internet learning programs linked to Japanese educational partners.
Vande Walle is the Belgian coordinator for projects conducted by the European Association of Japanese Studies.
In 2006, the Japanese government conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, which represents the third highest of eight classes associated with this award. The Japanese Ambassador to Belgium presented the award on behalf of the Emperor and government of Japan.
- * Japan Foundation: Japan Foundation Special Prize, 1992.
- Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, 2000.
- 1987 -- Stratification in Verbiest's Works: The Astronomia Europaea and the Memorials.
- 1989 -- Takakura - Habits de la cour impériale du Japon / Keizerlijke gewaden uit Japan (with Muneyuki Sengoku). Brussels: Europalia Foundation International.
- 1989 -- Splendeur du théâtre No / Luister van het No-theater (with Eileen Kato, Tomoyuki Yamanobe & Shozo Masuda). Brussels: Europalia Foundation International.
- 2001 -- Dodonæus in Japan: Translation and the Scientific Mind in the Tokugawa Period (with Kazuhiko Kasaya). Leuven: Leuven University Press. 10-ISBN 90-5867-179-8; 13-ISBN 978-90-5867-179-0; OCLC 49539599 -- simultaneously published in Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies.
- 2003 -- The History of the Relations Between the Low Countries and China in the Qing Era (1644-1911) with Noël Golvers. Leuven Chinese Studies XIV. Leuven: Leuven University Press. 10-ISBN 90-5867-315-4; 13-ISBN 978-90-5867-315-2
- 2005 -- Japan & Belgium: Four Centuries of Exchange. Brussels: Commissioners-General of the Belgian Government at the Universal Exposition of Aichi 2005, Japan.
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL): CV
- KUV: course summary
- Meyvis, Ludo. "Japanologie zoekt nieuwe wegen," Campus krant (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). 10 May 2004.
- Embassy of Japan in Belgium: "Acceptance speech pronounced by Professor W.F. Vande Walle upon the conferment of the order of the rising sun with gold rays and neck ribbon," 9 June 2006.
- Japan Foundation, Japan Foundation Special Prize, 1992.
- (Dutch) Meyvis, Ludo. "Japanologie zoekt nieuwe wegen," Campus krant (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). 10 May 2004.
- (Dutch) "'Lost in Toykio' in opspraak: alles voor het geld?" TV-Visie. 18 March 2008.