Дзетаро Ота

PhD in literary studies,

Professor of the Kumamoto-Gakuen University (since April 2003)

Education: Department of Russian Literature at the Tokyo University of Foreign Languages (1989); graduate studies at the Tokyo University of Foreign Languages (1992). September 2003 – May 2004 – practice at the Philology Department of the St. Petersburg State University.

PhD thesis:

Alexander Blok’s Poetry in the “Trilogia Vochelovechenia”


Research interests: Russian literature and cultural studies, the work of Andrey Bely, Alexander Blok, Evgenii Zamyatin and other writers of the 1910s–1930s; Japanese intellectuals who were in touch with Russian authors of the 1910s–1930s; Varvara Bubnova and her legacy as well as her connections with Japanese avant garde artists; Japanese Kabuki theatre in Russian theatre and art.

Professional service


In August 2015, organized a panel “Andrei Belyi: At the Crossroads of East and West. The 135th Anniversary: at the ICCEES IX World Congress (in Makuhari, Japan).


Academic publications — over 250 publications, including one monograph.


Selected publications


Russian Modernism in the Network of Words, Texts and Activities within Russian-Japanese Exchange. Yokohama, 2014. In Japanese.


Selected Essays

  • “Andrey Bely in Japan: Interpretation and Translations” in Andrey Bely’s Arabesques. Belgrade, Moscow, 2017. P. 398–412. In Russ.
  • “Kandzo Narumi (1899–1974) — Japanese Collector of Old Russian Books in the 1920s–1930; Alexander Blok’s Books from his Library in Tokyo” Shahmatovsky vestnik, Moscow, 2013. P. 383–395. In Russ.
  • “‘Nikitinskie Saturdays’ in Journals and Memoir of Japanese Authors” in The Worlds of Andrey Bely. Belgrade, Moscow, 2011. P. 271–287. In Russ.
  • “Mountains SAY: W-O-R-D!”: On Mountain Landscapes by Andrey Bely in the Russian National Library Collection. In Andrey Bely in the Changing World. On His 125 Anniversary. Мoscow, 2008. P. 527–535. In Russ.