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 2 monographs.

Selected publications


  • Irina Petrovna Kozhevnikova — in a Search of the Soviet Union Time. Kanagawa, 2020. In Japanese
  • Russian Modernism in the Network of Words, Texts and Activities within Russian-Japanese Exchange. Yokohama, 2014. In Japanese.

Selected Essays

  • “‛Are you an Art Critic, or do you Approach Art from a Different, Less Dangerous Side?’ Correspondence of V. D. Bubnova with N. I. Khardzhiev (1973).” Iskusstvoznanie, no. 2, 2022, pp. 368–415. In Russ. 
  • “Andrey Bely in Japan: Interpretation and Translations.” Andrey Bely’s Arabesques. Belgrade, Moscow, 2017, pp. 398–412. In Russ.
  • “Kandzo Narumi (1899–1974) — Japanese Collector of Old Russian Books in the 1920s–1930s; Alexander Blok’s Books from his Library in Tokyo.” Shahmatovsky vestnik, no. 13, 2013, pp. 383–395. In Russ.
  • “‛Nikitinskie Saturdays’ in Journals and Memoir of Japanese Authors.” The Worlds of Andrey Bely. Belgrade, Moscow, 2011, pp. 271–287. In Russ.
  • “‛Mountains SAY: W-O-R-D!’: On Mountain Landscapes by Andrey Bely in the Russian National Library Collection.” Andrey Bely in the Changing World. On His 125 Anniversary. Мoscow, 2008, pp. 527–535. In Russ.