CRCAO member - Japan Team

Ignacio Quirós

Researcher, Kokugakuin University


Upon completion of my PhD on the polysemy of the word koto in ancient Japanese, I devoted my research to Ancient Japan’s epistemic system. Through a meticulous analysis of their numerous occurrences in the Kojiki and the Nihon shoki, apparently anodyne words such as koto or mono will help us to shed some light on the world vision that ancient Japanese people may have had, a vision that is partially reflected on those texts. Related subjects such as “mythical submission” (koto-muke) or the possible connection between the verbal act koto-age and the Seventeen-article Constitution in the Nihon shoki have been examined as well.

Research thematics

  • Ancient Japan’s civilization and language
  • Kojiki and Nihon shoki’s myths

External research programmes

  • Person in charge of the English translation of the journal Kojiki-gaku (“Studies on the Kojiki”) in Kokugakuin University


  • Reading and commentary courses on Kojiki’s myths in Yokohama Municipal University, as well as in Akita International University

Publications (HAL Collection crcao)

  • Ignacio Quirós. Sens et fonctions de la notion de «Koto» dans le Japon archaïque : actes de parole, parole des actes. Linguistique. École pratique des hautes études - EPHE PARIS, 2016. Français. ⟨NNT : 2016EPHE5012⟩. ⟨tel-02101628⟩