IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1203: Documents and their Function, I: In Medieval Japan

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Haskins Society
Organiser:Hirokazu Tsurushima, Faculty of Education, Kumamoto University
Moderator/Chair:David Bates, School of History, University of East Anglia / Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
Paper 1203-a'TABUMI'and 'OHOTABUMI': Land Registers in Medieval Japan
(Language: English)
Hirokazu Ogawa, Department of Economics, Kumamoto Gakuen University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Economics - Rural, Law
Paper 1203-bKeeping Records: Judicial Process and Recording System in Medieval Japan
(Language: English)
Kazuki Takahashi, National Museum of Japanese History, Sakura
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Law
Paper 1203-cBy-Laws: The Records of Legal Controls on Environment in Medieval Japan
(Language: English)
Naoki Haruta, Faculty of Education, Kumamoto University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Economics - Rural, Law

The purpose of this session is to give an academic introduce of three types of Japanese medieval documents to historians of the rest of the world. The first one is a sort of land-registers in the fourteenth century, which were described as ‘TABUMI’ and ‘OHOTABUMI’. ‘TABUMI’ means the letters of paddy field, and ‘OHOTABUMI’ means the great-letters of paddy field, made for original register for taxation. The Second one is the letter of decision in the law-courts from twelfth- to fourteenth century. The third and last one is by-laws in late-medieval (from fourteenth- to sixteenth century) Japan.

NOTE: Please double-check if this falls within the remit of the IMC! Axel