This collection includes selected materials from the Kalamazoo College Archives biographical files on Japanese writer Nagai Sokichi, who used the pseudonym Nagai Kafu. Nagai was a student at Kalamazoo College in 1904 and 1905, and went on to a prominent career as a writer after his return to Japan.
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This article includes a translation of a short story by Nagai Kafu, who was a student at Kalamazoo College during the 1904-05 academic year. It was translated by Rika Hanamitsu and Conrad Hilberry, Professor of English. An introductory note by history professor David Strauss is also included. The article was originally published in the Spring 1991 issue of the Kalamazoo College Quarterly (https://cache.kzoo.edu/handle/10920/37419).
This article presents information on five students from Japan during the first decade of the twentieth century. Three of these students were children of American missionaries: Ora Scott, Stella Fisher, and Royal Fisher. The other two students were Japanese: Nagai Sokichi and Katsuji Kato. Sokichi spent one year at the college and later became a well-known novelist, publishing under the name Nagai Kafu. Kato graduated with the Class of 1909 and would go on to work for the YMCA. The article was originally published in the Fall 1985 issue of the Kalamazoo College Quarterly (http://hdl.handle.net/10920/36642).
Two pages from the Kalamazoo College "Index" (student newspaper) regarding literary society activities at the college. On May 5, 1905, the Century Forum held a Japanese program. Nagai Kafu (whose real name was Sokichi) presented a bamboo flute solo and an essay entitled "The Japanese Newest Play of New Japan." The text of the essay is not contained in the College Archives.
A translation of an article on Nagai Kafu's time at Kalamazoo College that appeared in the Japanese magazine "Tabi Travel" in August, 1987. The authors of the article had traveled to Kalamazoo in May of that year to research the article. The translation has a cover sheet memo with an explanation from Dr. David Strauss, the director of the East Asian Studies program.