About Toshiyuki Takamiya
I was born in Tokyo in 1944 as the eldest son of Mr & Mrs Yukio Takamiya. After attending prestigious Azabu Middle and High School, I read economics and then English at Keio University, where I met Professor Fumio Kuriyagawa, reputedly the doyen of Medieval English Studies. While at PhD course I was appointed a lecturer in English, and then I was given a scholarship to study three years at Cambridge, where I was supervised by Professor Derek Brewer and Dr Ian Doyle (in Durham). On my return home, I was promoted to an Associate Professor in English at Keio, and then Professor. I am now Professor Emeritus. In 2017 I was made a Sandars Reader at the University of Cambridge. I was the President of the Japan Society for Medieval Language and Literature, and the International Arthurian Society, Japan Branch, and the Founding President of the Keio University Society of Bibliophiles. I was made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and received Honorary Doctorates at the University of Sheffield and the University of Glasgow. My academic interests are in Arthurian legends, bibliography and the history of the book. I published many books and articles in English and in Japanese in these fields.
I belonged to the badminton club at Azabu High School, participating in the Inter-High School Championships held in Kurume City as a playing manager. At Keio I was a member of the Mita Record Appreciation Club, and at Cambridge I belonged to the Edward Capell Society.
My hobbies are antiquarian collecting, watching rugby football games, and listening to classical music.