Kimberly Harui

Kimberly Harui


B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Japanese Language and Literature, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Arizona State University


I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Phoenix, Arizona. After becoming well acquainted with the Southwest over the past seven years, I am excited to discover the Midwest and white Christmases. Research, friends, and family have taken me to Japan, Taiwan, and China, and I look forward to traveling even more in the future. Outside of reading medieval travel writing, diaries, and poetry from China and Japan, I love hiking and camping with my husband and our three dogs. When I am not at school, you can usually find me volunteering with local animal welfare and rescue groups.

Academic interests

My research focuses on the broader implications of the interplay between religion and literature across East Asia. In particular, I am interested in travel writing and monastic diaries from the Tang and Song dynasties in China and the Heian and Kamakura periods in Japan. In my research, I look at how personal writings on travel and pilgrimage inform notions of space and place. In addition to my interest in medieval Sino-Japanese history, I have also taught first-year Chinese language courses at Arizona State University. 

Research and scholarship

I am currently working on a full translation from literary Japanese kanbun into English of the diary of an eleventh-century Tendai monk, Jōjin, who made a pilgrimage to Northern Song China from Heian Japan in the year 1072. This diary is one of the longest extant travel accounts concerning medieval China and is replete with insight into the daily life, court policies, and religious institutions of Northern Song China. I am interested in approaching the text as a material artifact of place-making and exploring how Jōjin’s descriptions of spaces in China inform the production of place in the context of history and memory. 



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