This collection of essays is the outcome of an international symposium, jointly organized by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, and the Section of Japanese Studies of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in October 1998. It was the second in a series of three international symposia that the International Research Center for Japanese Studies organised in Europe in conjunction with a European partner. The first one was held in Sheffield (1997), the second in Leuven (1998) and the third in Leiden (1999).
The Leuven symposium, which went under the general title of Translation of Culture, Culture of Translation, actually consisted of two parallel sessions. The first one was a workshop on Gender and Modernity in Japan: Japanese Women's Magazines, the second one was a symposium devoted to a reflection on Translation and Adaptation in the Formulation of Modern Episteme: A Reappraisal of Dodoens.