The Diversity of Chinese Fudo and Ningen: On Watsuji Tetsuro’s Perspectives on China Expressed in Fudo  

The relationship between Fudo (Climate) and Ningen (Human Society) is an essential topic to Watsuji Tetsuro’s philosophy of culture. In his book Fudo published in 1935, Watsuji defines culture in terms of the interaction between Fudo and Ningen and categorizes the world cultures into three types: monsoon, desert and meadow.  

Parental Factors in Japanese Language Planning Policy in Vietnam  

Embedded in the Soft Power policy of Japan, Japanese language education is promoted to contribute to the expansion of Japan’s impacts in Asia. In Vietnam, this program was conducted through a joint project by Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and Japan’s Embassy. Although English is still regarded as a dominant foreign language in this country, Japanese has been drawing more attention in recent years.  

Ritual as Self-Cultivation in Motion and Self-Healing Practice: The case of Tenrikyo’s Mikagura-uta in Taiwan  

This paper explores self-cultivation in motion in the context of a Japanese new religion, Tenrikyo. Mikagura-uta (みかぐらうた or ‘Songs for the Service’ to use Tenrikyo’s term), is a ritual based around bodily movement. It contains a wealth of religious idioms and cultural references that express issues including self-cultivation, health, world-renewal and cosmic unity.  



Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies (TJEAS) is a biannual academic

journal and has published regularly since June, 2004. This journal is based

on Humanities and Social Sciences as the context of the researches. It aims to establish a base for dialogues between East Asian civilizations and other civilizations that allows for a better understanding of the core values of East Asian civilizations. This biannual publication is open to the public, and papers from diverse fields and specializations are welcomed.


TJEAS has been indexed in the Scopus bibliographic database since 2012. The journal covers a wide range of topics include Literature, Philosophy, Ethnic Studies, Anthropology and Sociology within the context of East Asian Regional Studies. We accept submissions written in Chinese and English. All papers must be submitted via the online system at: