No.6, March 2004 (398 pages)
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Cover illustration:Kumagusu's copy of apes and monkies in "Honzo Komoku Nukigaki".
Cf Back cover illustration: Kumagusu's copy of 'Koshin Monkeys' in "Wakan Sansai Zue Nukigaki".
A Consideration on Minakata Kuamgus: An Enigmatic Long Stay in London
Kumagusu's Japanese Writings as an 'External Memory Device': a Hypothesis
Loathing of Species Mongering: Minakata Kumagusu's Myxomycetology
Minakata Kuamgusu and the Environmental Protection Movements in the West
Minakata Kumagusu and Korea - a View on His Communication with Imamura Tomoe" <1>
Minakata's Studies on Konjaku-Monogatari-Shu during Taisho Period V
Minakata Kumagusu's Diary: January - April 1919
Content List of "Kayo Zuihitsu", Book Eight
Correspondence between Minakata Kumagusu and Mitamura Genryu
Minakata's Letters to Koaze Shiro in 1928 (July - Dec)
Kumagusu's Unpublished Writings in the Drafts of "Zoku Zoku Minakata Zuihitsu" Part II
Minakata Kumagusu in San Francisco
Nakamura Kokyo's Letter to Kumagusu: Addendum
Recent Publications on Minakata Kumagusu <2>
A Research-Oriented Database of Minakata Kumagusu's Mycological Drawings
Plants in the Correspondence between Makino Tomitaro and Kumagusu
Minakata Kumagusu and Hara Kanesuke, a Mycologist
Minakata Kumagusu's Unpublished English Writings - on Japanese Taboo system and letters to 'Nature' magazine
Announcement: Publication of the Catalogue of Minakata Kumagusu Library [Just Out 2004. 9.21]
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Part I consists of six papers. Makita discusses Kumagusu's uncertainty on his own mental health and resolution to overcome it as a background of his staying in London over half a decade. Undo proposes a hypothesis of different roles of Kumagusu's English and Japanese writings. Tamura analyzes Kumagusu's letters to discuss his vision of understanding a systematic wholeness of myxomycetes rather than sporadic species-hunting. Takeuchi sheds light on not yet fully argued two 'opinions against shrine merging' addressed to Tsuboi and Oono to bring forth Kumagusu's commitment to the environmental protection movement in the West. Cho considers the exchange between Kumagusu and Imamura Tomoe in terms of Korean folklores. Komine's fifth serial report is tracking on Kumagusu's reading of Konjaku Monogatari and his comparative researches of popular tales.
Part II presents five new publications of Kumagusu's autographic documents. "Minakata Kumagusu's Diary: January - April 1919" is to partly fill the lacunae of publications of his diary. "Content List of 'Kayo Zuihitsu', Book Eight" brings into light Kumagusu's early readings. "Correspondence between Minakata Kumagusu and Mitamura Genryu" and "Minakata's Letters to Koaze Shiro in 1928 (July - Dec)" are unpublished documents of primary importance on Kumagusu's interest in Japanese literature in Edo period and on his myxomycetology respectively. "Kumagusu's Unpublished Writings in the Drafts of 'Zoku Zoku Minakata Zuihitsu' Part II" presents newly discovered writings of Kumagusu.
Part III includes three reports on Kumagusu researches. Matsui follows Kumagusu's trails in San Francisco. Yasuda supplements his presentation of letters from Nakamura Kokyo to Kumagusu in the previous issue of our bulletin. "Recent Publications on Minakata Kumagusu" reviews three recent dedicated studies on Kumagusu.
Part IV consists of papers, comments and document publications in Western style pagination. Iwasaki, Tanaka and Hagiwara propose a new approach to construct an image-manipulating mycological database. Doei puts forth the biological expositions of the plants appeared in the correspondence between Kumagusu and Makino Tomitaro. Goma sheds light on rarely mentioned aspects of Kumagusu's mycological researches through documenting his exchange with Hara Kanesuke. Minakata Kumagusu's Unpublished English Writings present his four English drafts written for "Nature" magazine but left eventually unpublished.
(Summarized by the editor)