Henry D. Smith, II

A.B. (History). Yale University, 1962

A.M. (Regional Studies, East Asia). Harvard University, 1964

Ph.D. (History and Far Eastern Languages), Harvard University, 1970. Dissertation: "Student Radicals in Prewar Japan" 

1969-75: Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University

1975-76: Junior Fellow, The Society for the Humanities, Cornell University

1976-87: Associate Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

1985-87: Director, University of California Tokyo Study Center, International Christian University

1987-88: Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

1988-present: Professor of Japanese History, Columbia University

1999-2000: KCJS Professor, Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies

2001: Visiting Scholar, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto

2006-2011: Director, Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

2012-present: Professor Emeritus, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University


I. BOOKS (including edited and co-authored volumes)

Japan's First Student Radicals. Harvard University Press, 1972.

The Modernization of Japan and Russia: A Comparative Study. The Free Press, l975. Co-author with Cyril Black, Marius Jansen, Herbert Levine, Marion J. Levy, Jr., Henry Rosovsky, Gilbert Rozman, and S. Frederick Starr.

Shinjinkai no kenkyū: Nihon gakusei undō
no genryū 『新人会の研究:日本学生運動の源流』 [A Study of the Shinjinkai: The Roots of the Japanese Student Movement]. Tokyo University Press, 1978. [Revised edition of Japan's First Student Radicals, translated into Japanese by Matsuo Takayoshi and Mori Fumiko.]

Learning from SHŌGUN: Japanese History and Western Fantasy. Editor and co-author. Program in Asian Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1980. PDF version

"Japanese Civilization in the Modern World, 2: Cities and Urbanization," special issue of Senri Ethnological Studies, no. 19 (1986), translator and co-editor.

Hiroshige, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1986. For map and index of places depicted, click here.

Hokusai, One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji. New York: George Braziller Inc., 1988.

Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan. Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1988.

Hiroshige Meisho Edo hyakkei 『広重 名所江戸百景』. Iwanami Shoten, 1992. (Japanese edition of Hiroshige, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, with revisions.)

Ukiyo-e ni miru Edo meisho 『浮世絵にみる江戸名所』. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1993.

Taizansō and the One-Mat Room / Taizansō: Matsuura Takeshir
ō no Ichijōjiki no sekai 『泰山荘:松浦武四郎の一畳敷の世界』. In English and Japanese. Tokyo: Hachiro Yuasa Memorial Museum, International Christian University, 1994.


1970. "The Origins of Student Radicalism in Japan." Journal of Contemporary History, 5:1 (January, 1970). pp 87-103.  PDF version

1973. "Shinjuku 「新宿」." A+U: Kenchiku to toshi 『A+U 都市と建築』 [Architecture and Urbanism], August, 1973. pp. 132-156. Co-authored with Peter Gluck; in Japanese with English summary and translation. PDF version

1978. "Tokyo as an Idea: An Exploration of Japanese Urban Thought Until 1945." Journal of Japanese Studies, 4:1 (Winter 1978). pp. 45-80.  PDF version

1979. "Tokyo and London: Comparative Conceptions of the City." In Albert Craig, ed., Japan: A Comparative View. Princeton University Press, 1979, pp. 45-99. PDF version

1986a. "Fujizuka: The Mini-Mount Fujis of Tokyo." Asiatic Society of Japan Bulletin (Tokyo), no. 3 (March, 1986), pp. 2-6.  PDF version

1996b. "Overcoming the Modern History of Edo 'Shunga'. In Sumie Jones, ed., Imaging/Reading Eros. In "Proceedings for the Conference, 'Sexuality and Edo Culture, 1750-1850,'" Indiana University, August 1995 (Bloomington, IN: The East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University, 1996), pp. 26-34. PDF version

1997a. "Hiroshige in History." In Matthi Forrer, ed., Hiroshige: Prints and Drawings (London: Royal Academy of the Arts, and Munich and New York: Prestel, 1997), pp. 33-45.
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1997b. “Five Myths About Early Modern Japan. In Ainslee Embree and Carol Gluck, eds., Asia in Western and World History: A Guide for Teaching (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1997), pp. 514-22. PDF version

1998. "Ukiyo-e ni okeru 'Buruu kakumei'." 「浮世絵における〈ブルー革命〉」 . Ukiyo-e geijutsu 『浮世絵芸術』, no. 126 (1998), pp. 3-26. PDF version

2000. “‘He Frames a Shot!’: Cinematic Vision in Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.”  Orientations, 31:1 (March 2000), pp. 90-96. PDF version

2002. “Digitalizing Japanese Art.” Monumenta Nipponica, 57/4 (Winter 2002), pp. 509-28. Co-authored with Matthew McKelway. PDF version

2003a. “The Capacity of Chūshingura.” Monumenta Nipponica, 58/1 (Spring 2003), pp. 1-42.
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2003b. “A Chūshingura Palimpsest: Young Motoori Norinaga Hears the Story of the Akō Rōnin from a Buddhist Priest.” Co-authored with Federico Marcon. Monumenta Nipponica, 58:4 (Winter 2003), pp. 439-65. PDF version
2004. “The Trouble with Terasaka: The Forty-Seventh Rōnin and the Chūshingura Imagination.” Nichibunken Japan Review, 14 (2004), pp. 3-65.  PDF version

2005. "Hokusai and the Blue Revolution in Edo Prints." In John T. Carpenter, ed., Hokusai and His Age: Ukiyo-e Painting, Printmaking, and Book Illustration in Late Edo Japan (Amsterdam: Hotei Publishing, 2005), pp.  234-69. PDF version

2006a. "The Media and Politics of Japanese Popular History: The Case of the Akō Gishi." In James C. Baxter, ed., Historical Consciousness, Historiography, and Modern Japanese Values (Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2006), pp. 75-97.  PDF version

2006b. “Mura [birejji] to shite no Tōkyō: Henten suru kindai Nihon no shuto zō” 「村<ヴィレッジ>としての東京:変転する近代日本の首都像」 (Tokyo as a ‘Village’: Changing Perceptions of Japan’s Capital City). In Suzuki Hiroyuki et al., eds., Shiriizu Toshi-kenchiku-rekishi 6: Toshi bunka no seijuku 「シリーズ都市・建築・歴史6:都市文化の成熟」 (Tokyo University Press, 2006), pp. 201-37. PDF version

2006c. “Singing Tales of the Gishi: Naniwabushi and the Forty-seven R
ōnin in Late Meiji Japan.” With Hyōdō Hiromi. Monumenta Nipponica, 61/4 (Winter 2006), pp. 459-508. PDF version Includes a translation of “Parting in the Snow at Nanbuzaka” (Nanbuzaka yuki no wakare) of Tōchūken Kumoemon, pp. 509-519. PDF version

2007a. Sakamoto Ryōma in Kyoto: Getting in Personal Touch with the Past in Heisei Japan." In Martin Collcutt, Katō Mikio, and Ronald P. Toby, eds., Japan and Its Worlds: Marius B. Jansen and the Internationalization of Japanese Studies (Tokyo: I-House Press, 2007), pp. 103-18. PDF version

2007b. “Hiroshige’s Last Landscapes: A World Turned on End.” In Utagawa Hiroshige: The Moon Reflected, catalog for exhibition at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, Nov. 2007—Jan. 2008, pp. 9-14. PDF version

2012a. “Folk Toys and Votive Placards: Frederick Starr and the Ethnography of Collector Networks in Taisho Japan.” In Popular Imagery as Cultural Heritage: Aesthetical and Art Historical Studies of Visual Culture in Modern Japan: Final Report, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research #20320020 (PI: Kaneda Chiaki), March 2012. PDF version

2012b. “Lessons from the One-Mat Room: Piety and Playfulness Among Nineteenth-Century Japanese Antiquarians.” Impressions, no. 33 (Spring 2012), pp. 55-69. PDF version

2014. “The Stuff of Dreams: Kawanabe Kyōsai's Nirvana Painting of Matsuura Takeshirō.Impressions, no. 35 (Spring 2014), pp. 96-135. PDF version


Shinjuku, Japan: The Phenomenal City. The Museum of Modern Art, New York City. December 15, 1975, to March 7, 1976. Co-designer with Peter Gluck and Koji Taki. Funded by grants from Toyota Motor Sales and JDR III Fund. The exhibition later traveled to Baltimore, Memphis, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and Chicago (1976-79).

Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, September 6 to November 28, 1988. Co-curator with Susan Tai. The exhibition traveled in 1989-90 to the Phoenix Museum of Art, University of Michigan Art Museum, Yale Art Gallery, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Emperor Hirohito and Showa Japan. Exhibition of photographs from the Mainichi Shinbun Co. collection, Japan Society, New York, April 18-29, 1989. Guest curator and author of catalog.