International Conference on

India and Japan: Unearthing Lesser-Known Linkages

Organized by

Mombusho Scholars Association of India (MOSAI) &

India International Centre , New Delhi

15, 16 and 17 November, 2018

Venue: India International Centre, New Delhi, India


India-Japan historical connections through Buddhism and Spiritualism (Tenjiku or heavenly Indo) and their manifestations in images of gods and goddesses in Japan or through Tagore-Okakura, or Subhas Bose and nationalism are well known. However, the canvass of historical linkages between India and Japan is much richer.

Some of the contexts in which linkages are lesser-known, await un-earthling, include modernization efforts in Japan initiated during the Meiji era and its inspirational impact on Indian educationists, engineers, architects, and builders;  emergence of Goa as a port and; transmission of a new culture (namban bunka); shipping routes linking Yokohama and Kobe with Calcutta and Bombay in late 19th century; emergence of Indian diaspora in Japan and vice versa,  interactions through travel-writing.

Conference  Overview

 The Conference  brings  together scholars and specialists who have traced some of the lesser-known historical linkages between India and Japan with multiple perspectives. Presentations and deliberations at the seminar are expected to provide a cogent and comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the historical foundations of intellectual and creative exchanges between India and Japan; a foundation on which mutual relations are built, and flourish in changing geo-political and economic environment.

The International Conference is  organised by Mombusho Scholars Association of India (MOSAI),  a registered society comprising of specialists with first hand intensive experience of years of research and academic assignments at Japanese universities and research institutions. MOSAI works closely with the Embassy of Japan in India, The Japan Foundation and other Indo-Japan related organisations.

In addition to the Keynote Addresses, Invited Papers from renowned experts and Special Evening Lecture Series on India-Japan Linkages, this International Conference provides an opportunity to scholars and specialists to present papers and posters on different aspects of research on lesser known historical and cultural exchanges between India and Japan especially from the 16th to the early 20th centuries.

Thematic sessions include: India and Japonisme (Carpets, Textiles, Arts);

Diaspora Communities;

Social interactions, Place & Community knowledge;

Education, Travelogues and related areas;

Technology Perspectives (Shipping, Railways, Seismology, Architecture)

 Conference Program Schedule: 3 DAYS (SHOULD WE INSERT THE DRAFT PROGRAMME?)

DAY 1: Inauguration of Conference & Special Exhibition

Inaugural Address & Keynote Address. (Ambassador Hirabayashi)

3 Thematic Sessions – 3 Invited Papers  in each session

Special Lecture:

DAY 2: 4 Thematic Sessions – 3 Invited Papers in each session

Special Lecture/Demonstration: Nissar & Amal Allana on Noh & Takako Inoue

DAY 3: Looking Ahead & Valedictory session

(NOTE: Duration of each paper 20 minutes followed by discussion)

Important Links

Online Application Form: Click Here

Registration and Payment: Click Here

Invited Speakers: Click Here

Guidelines for Abstract Submission & Portal:

Guidelines for Final Paper Submission & Portal:

Location & Venue:


Important Dates:

Abstracts deadline;

Date for Registration;

Submission of full papers.

Confirmation of registration;

Submission of Abstracts DEADLINE: March 20, 2018.

Early Bird Registration DEADLINE: April 16, 2018:

Submission of Accepted Full Papers/Posters:

Final Registration for Accepted Speakers:

Final Registration for Research Scholars, Students-Observers:15th November, 2018

Conference Registration  Fees:

Registration Fee for Foreign Scholars: $150/-

Registration Fee for Indian Scholars: Rs 3000/-

Research Scholars/Student-Observers: Rs 500/-

Registration Fee for Paper presenters also includes Conference publication,  kit and  Conference Dinner plus  Lunch and Tea on all days.

Important Contacts:

For abstracts, full papers and posters:

Registration matters:

Conference Conveners:

Publication: Only English language, full-length, original papers will be considered for publication.

Published Articles: The articles which are already published in some other journal/ book chapter/ conference may also be submitted for the conference presentation.

Conference Updates: Please see the Conference /MOSAI website for updates <mosai website>

Contact Us: Our hosts in New Delhi: Names with phone numbers and email ID.

Conference participants should plan to arrive in New Delhi by 14th November 2018, one  day prior to the initial conference date for check-in in the IIC, New Delhi.


General Guidelines for Abstracts/Papers

Title and Authorship InformationThe following information should be included:

Paper title

Full author names

Institute Name, Name of Department

Country Name

E-mail addresses/Phone numbers

Abstract Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be self-contained, citation-free and should not exceed 225-300 words.
  • Abstract (Font-12, Italic, Times New Roman).
  • It should be submitted via e-mail as an attachment in Word format. ???
  • Name or save your abstract indicating your name: e.g. De Silva_Ajith_abstract.doc
  • Send your biography (no more than 50 words) with your abstract

 Paper submission guidelines

  • TITLE (Font-14, Bold, Times New Roman)
  • Author name without Title like Dr., Prof. Etc. (Font-12, Bold, Times New Roman)
  • Affiliation with Institute Name, University, City, Country, Email ID (Font-12, Italic, Times New Roman, spacing 1.0)
  • Headings (Font-12, Bold, Times New Roman)
  • Sub Heading (Font-12, bold, Times New Roman)
  • If there are any points to explain then bullet should be used, Style should be Document bullets – Times New Roman, font size-12
  • Figure/Table no. and title should be above the diagram. (Times New Roman, 12, Italic, Centre Align)

Name or save your abstract indicating your name: e.g. De Silva_Ajith_paper.doAny tables or figures must be numbered and have captions at the bottom.

Referencing style

  • Harvard-style referencing should be used throughout the paper.
  • The Harvard referencing system includes the author, the date of the work and the page number in brackets in the body of the text, immediately following the quote or reference. For example:

Depending on a company’s goals, there are a variety of reasons top management may decide to undertake cost controls; it could be for proven cost reduction (Corbridge, 1998, p.27) or to “improve corporate image in the environmental area” (Bozena, et al, 2003, p.45).

  • In the Harvard style, a bibliography of the all references is included as a separate section at the end of the document giving full details of author(s) last name, First name(s) and year of publication, followed by the source and the publisher and place of publication.
  • References should be listed in alphabetical order and all lines other than the first line should be indented.