Ryūsaku Tsunoda in his Columbia University classroom
|Born||September 8, 1877|
Gunma prefecture, Japan
|Died||November 29, 1964 (aged 87)|
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Ryūsaku Tsunoda (角田 柳作 Tsunoda Ryūsaku, 8 September 1877 - 29 November 1964) is known as the "father of Japanese studies" at Columbia University. He was directly responsible for developing the Japanese language and literature collection at Columbia's library. Prominent among the former-students who credit his influence as formative is Donald Keene, who has himself become over time the current Dean of Japanese studies in the United States.
Keene's own perspective on Tsunoda was expressed in a lecture given at Waseda University in 1994:
- "His vocation was teaching, not writing. His joy as a teacher lay in communicating knowledge directly and enthusiastically to his students. ... As one of his students, I feel it regrettable that Prof. Tsunoda is not known just because he did not publish anything."
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- Japan in the Chinese Dynastic Histories, 1951 (with L. Carrington Goodrich)
- Sources of Japanese Tradition, Vols. I-II, 1958 (with William Theodore de Bary and Donald Keene)
- Columbia University: "Founder of Japanese Studies and the Japanese Collection at Columbia University Honored With Event and Exhibition," 2008.
- C.V. Star East Asian Library, About the Japanese Collection; retrieved 2012-11-5.
- Keene, Donald. (1999). World Within Walls: Japanese Literature of the Pre-Modern Era, 1600-1867, p. xi.
- Keene, Donald. "My Mentor, Prof. Ryusaku Tsunoda," Yomiuri Daily Online (Waseda Online). July 8, 1994).
- WorldCat Identities: Tsunoda, Ryūsaku 1877-1964; retrieved 2012-11-5.
- de Bary, William Theodore. "East Asian Studies at Columbia: The Early Years," Living Legacies: Great Moments and Leading Figures in the History of Columbia University, 2002.
- Shirai, Katsuhiko. "Take Pride in Waseda," Waseda Weekly, April 2006. Shinjuku, Tokyo: Waseda University.
- Waseda University: "Tsunoda Ryūsaku -- his life as a bridge between Japan and America," 2008.