Prof. Motoo Endō of the University of Tokyo’s Historiographical Institute visited USC on April 13-14, 2017, to present a lecture and sources workshop concerning his research on Todaiji’s Ôi Estate, located in present day Gifu city. He gave a lecture on comparing premodern Japanese estates (shôen), coming Ôi and Ôbe estates, particularly their geographical, political, and economic characteristics.
On Friday, he led a workshop on late Heian and Medieval documents. English translations of the documents and materials are forthcoming. Professor Endō has led several Kambun Workshops in summers past at USC, and he is a participant in the ongoing Ōbe Estate Research Group and the team that produced Land, Power, and the Sacred: The Estate System in Medieval Japan (now in press at the University of Hawai'i Press).