Japanese and Estonian historians Masunaga Shingo (University of Turku) and Ene Selart (University of Tartu) are planning on writing a book about historical Japanese-Estonian relations, and the joint project reached its target funding amount on Japanese crowdfunding platform Academist in just three days, the University of Tartu (TÜ) reports.
To support the writing and publishing of the book, the authors launched a crowdfunding project on the Japanese platform Academist (link in Japanese), which specializes in fundraising for scientific research and publishing, TÜ said in a press release. The project's target amount was reached within the first three days.
The book is planned to cover Japanese-Estonian relations spanning from the earliest contacts between the two nations through the present day.
This includes the naval circumnavigation of the globe by Baltic German admiral and explorer Adam Johann von Krusenstern from 1803-1806, which also reached Japan, through the attendance of President Kersti Kaljulaid at Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony in 2019.
The book project is also being supported by the University of Tartu Asia Center, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Japan in Estonia.
Editor: Aili Vahtla