Asiatic Society of Japan

Scope and Content

This material was collated in the interactions between the Asiatic Society of Japan and the Royal Asiatic Society.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Asiatic Society of Japan was founded at a meeting in Yokohama on October 1872. Early meetings were held in both Yokohama and Tokyo. It was granted affiliation with the Royal Asaitic Society in 1873. This was severed in 1911 and re-established in 1912, and again it was formally admitted as an Associate Society in 1936. However the Society's affiliation with the Royal Asiatic Society continued to be a matter of concern through the 1970s.

The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland was founded by the eminent Sanskrit scholar Sir Henry Thomas Colebrooke on the 15th March 1823. It received its Royal Charter from King George IV on the 11th August 1824 'for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia'. It continues as a forum for those who are interested in the languages, cultures and history of Asia to meet and exchange ideas.


The material was arranged chronologically.

Access Information

Open. Please contact the archivist. The archive is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10-5, and Thursdays 2-5. Access is to any researcher without appointment but it will help if an appointment is made via phone or email. Please bring photo ID.

Acquisition Information

The material is part of the institutional records of the Society from its dealings with other organisations.

Archivist's Note

The material was catalogued by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist, in 2019.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital photography (without flash) for research purposes may be permitted upon completion of a copyright declaration form, and with respect to current UK copyright law.

Custodial History

These papers were sent and received by the Royal Asiatic Society in the course of its business.

Related Material

The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan form part of the Royal Asiatic Society's Collections. More details can be found here.

Geographical Names