Late Japan Literature Scholar Keene Remembered at Columbia

Society Culture

New York, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--A ceremony to commemorate noted Japanese literature scholar Donald Keene, who died in February this year at the age 96, was held at Columbia University in New York, his alma mater, on Friday, with the attendance of some 200 people including those who studied under Keene.

Keene, who was born in New York, entered the university at the age 16.

When he was around 18 years old, Keene was mesmerized by an English translation of Japanese classic novel "Genji Monogatari" (The Tale of Genji) and started studying Japanese literature.

After studying at a graduate school of Kyoto University in western Japan, he became a professor at Columbia University in 1960, promoting the charms of Japanese culture across the world through his research activities and fostering of young researchers.

At the ceremony, people who were close to Keene talked about memories of him, such as his research stance to read all kinds of documents and his cheering personalities.

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