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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  • Spring and Fall: a short story by Nagai Kafu 

    Kafu, Nagai (Kalamazoo College, 1991)
    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. ...
  • Kalamazoo's Japanese Connection, 1900-1910 

    Strauss, David, 1937- (Kalamazoo College, 1985-11)
    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. ...
  • Nagai Kafu Part of Kalamazoo College Literary Societies 

    Kalamazoo College (1905-05)
    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) ...
  • Translation of "The Traces that Kafu Left Behind..." 

    Kalamazoo College (1987-08)
    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 ...
  • East Asian Studies Program Founding Lecture 

    Strauss, David, 1937- (2009-02-27)
    A lecture given by Dr. David Strauss at the celebration of the launching of the East Asian Studies program at Kalamazoo College. Dr. Strauss speaks about Kalamazoo College student (1904-1905) and renowned Japanese novelist ...
  • Translation of "College Students Have a Deep Interest in Kafu's Literature" 

    Kalamazoo College; Takeda, Katsuhiko (1987-07-28)
    A translation of a section of the article "Study and Imitate American College Spirit," by Prof. Katsuhiko Takeda. The article section is about Nagai Kafu and the interest in Japanese literature at American colleges, with ...
  • American Literature's Influence Upon Nagai Kafu 

    Takeda, Katsuhiko (1987)
    The text of a lecture given by Professor Katsuhiko Takeda during Kalamazoo College's Japan Week in the spring of 1987.