No.8, March 2006 (394 pages)
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Cover illustration: from Kumagusu's Diary, 1887.
Minakata Kumaugusu's research on Mandragora (Mandrake) and its Historical Position
Sun Yat-sen and Minakata Kumagusu: Collision and Transboundary Interaction between Civilizations
The Jackal and the Nihonken: the Dog and its Ancestors
Shrine's Forests and Commonage Forests by Minakata's Opposition to the Merger of Minor Shrines: A Refutation to Mr Harada's View
On Shrine's Forests and Commonage: A Refutation to Mr Takeuchi's View
Minakata's Studies on Konjaku-Monogatari-Shu during Showa Period
'A Word of Minakata Kumagusu': Inscription on the Pages of "Wakan Sansai Zue"
Minakata Kumagusu's Letters to Nishio Family
Minakata Kumagusu's Diary: September - December 1919
Content List of "Kayo Zuihitsu", Book Nine (Part II)
Minakata's Letters to Koaze Shiro in 1929 (July - December)
Kumagusu's Unpublished Writings in the Old Minakata Residence (2)
Book Review: Minakata Kumagusu's Forest (Matsui Ryugo and Iwasaki Masashi, ed.)
Book Review: Minakata Kumagusu's English Treatises on "Nature": A Japanese Translation (Iikura Shohei, Matsui Ryugo, Tamura Yoshiya, Nakanishi Sumi, ed./tr.)
Book Review: Minakata Kumagusu and 'Koto no gaku' (HASHIZUME Hiroyuki)
A Report on Minakata Kumagusu Archives Cataloguing Project
News and Reports: Minakata Kumagusu Honji no kai in Tokoyo, in Tanabe, and Kumagusu Kansai / "Kokubungaku" Special issue: Minakata Kumagusu - the style of Natural History / "Front" Special issue: Minakata Kumagusu / Communal Lectures in Nagoya and Toyonaka / Minakata Kumagusu Seminar in Shirahama / Gesner Award / Exhibitions in Tokyo National Museum of Natural Sciences and Watarium Museum
Minakata Kumagusu and Shirai Mitsutaro, a Natural Historian (2)
Minakata Kumagusu's Shifting focus through the Research Areas
The Opening Announcement of the Minakata Kumagusu Archives (Kenshokan) [in Japanese]
Information: Publication of the Catalogue of Minakata Kumagusu Library and Materials
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Part I consists of four papers. Tamura sheds a new light on Minakata's papers appeared on "Nature" in the historical context. Takegami scrutinises the points of exchange between Minakata and Sun Yat-sen (Sun Wen), 'the father of Modern China'. Shimura examines a re-discovered letter of Minakata once published on a Zoological magazine. Takeuchi's controversy against Harada's paper on last issue examines his socio-historical understanding of the governmental initiative of the merger of ninor shrines from the standpoint of the historicals studies, and is followed by Harada's counter-refutation. Komine's serial report on Kumagusu's readings of Konjaku Monogatari is now concluded by reaching to Showa period.
Part II presents six new publications of Kumagusu's autographic documents. "A Word of Minakata Kumagusu" is a touching retrospect inscribed on Minakata's copy of Wakan Sansai Zue in his American days. "Letters from Minakata Kumagusu to Nishio family" are not yet documented sources of considerable importance on his opposition to the merger of minor shrines. "Minakata Kumagusu's Diary: September - December 1919" shows many unknown aspects of his life and work. "Content List of 'Kayo Zuihitsu', Book Nine (Part 2)" shows Kumagusu's readings of "Azuma Kagami" and "Dainihon Shogyo Shi". "Minakata's Letters to Koaze Shiro in 1929 (July - December)", consisting of many illustrations, show a zenith of Minakata's research of myxomycetes. "Kumagusu's Unpublished Writings (2)" are brought forth together with Minakata's treatises not included in his "Works".
Part IV has two papers in Western style pagination. Goma complements his annotation on the exchange between Minakata and Shirai Mitsutaro on last issue. Undo raises a radical question on what area of researches Minakata was focusing through his life.
(Summarized by the editor)