Jean-Jacques Origas

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Jean-Jacques Origas (1937–2003) was a French academic with expertise in Japanese literature and art. He was a Japanologist, best known more for giving his knowledge to his students rather than for publishing books.[1]

An academic career[edit]

Origas studied Japanese the Sorbonne. He furthered his education at Waseda University in Tokyo; and he taught at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.[2]

Origas was a Professor of Japanese at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales or INALCO) in Paris.[2] He became a visiting professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, where he lectured on Haiku in contemporary French poetry (1992).[3] His work on Meiji literature was the subject of a Nichibunken Mokuyo Seminar (1996).[4]

Origas was famed for his expertise in the pedagogy of Japanese language education. He influenced the way Japanese as a foreign language is taught in France. As a teacher, his intention was to impart not only the ability to write grammatically correct Japanese, but also to use the language in a way which is stylistically pleasing.[1]

He was also president of the Centre d'Etudes Japonaises d'Alsace (CEJA).[5] and member of composers of Matsuyama Declaration.

Selected work[edit]




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