Toshio Kawai

 >  HOME | Kokoro Research Center >  staff >  Toshio Kawai

Toshio Kawai  |  Director, Professor  |  Clinical Psychology

My research field is clinical psychology; I am interested in the cultural and historical background of psychotherapy, beyond the various psychological problems appearing in psychotherapy. In this sense, my concern is how consciousness today is reflected in psychotherapy. While the psychotherapy inaugurated by Freud takes neuroses as its object, and is based on self-consciousness, the consciousness of today seems to have a different structure, appearing in new symptoms like dissociation, developmental disorders, and psychosomatic disorders. As a Jungian analyst, I work with images, but recently I am more interested in the dialectics of psychotherapy. As methodology, I use not only case studies in psychotherapy, but also investigation and studies of literature. I am looking for a methodology transcending the use of narratives alone.

Zurich lecture 2013

E-Mail: kawai.toshio.6c* Please replace * with @.


Finished Master’s Program, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, 1982
Received Ph.D. in Psychology, Zurich University, 1987
Psychotherapist in Calanchini Clinic, Lugano, Switzerland, 1988-1990
Associate Professor, Konan University, 1990-1995
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, 1995-2004
Professor, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, 2004-2007
Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 2007-
Vice Director, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 2016-2018
Director, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University 2018-

The Prize at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Japan Association of Sandplay Therapy


Kawai, T.: ‘Momo’ written by Michael Ende (Textbook for the August Edition of NHK’s E-TV Program, Hyappun de Meicho (“100 minutes on a famous book”) Series), NHK Publishing, 2020

Kawai, T.: Kokoro in the Contemporary World and Its Archaic Layers: From the Perspectives of Psychotherapy, Minerva Shobo, 2020

Tanigawa, S., Kawai, T.: Poet Shuntaro Tanigawa talks about Hayao Kawai: What is a child like?, Japanese Journal of Jungian Psychology, vol. 11, 51-65, Shogensha, 2019

Kawai, T.: From Internal to Open Psyche: Overcoming Modern Consciousness?. Murray Stein, Thomas Arzt. Jung’s Red Book for Our Time: Searching for Soul Under Postmodern Conditions Volume 3, 163-178, Chiron Publications, 2019

Kawai, T.: Hayao Kawai Special: Exploring the Structure of Kokoro (Textbook for the July Edition of NHK’s E-TV Program, Hyappun de Meicho (“100 minutes on a famous book”) Series), NHK Publishing, 2018

Kawai, T.: “The loss and recovery of transcendence: perspectives of Jungian psychology and the Hua-Yen School of Buddhism,” In Cambray, J., & Sawin, L., (Eds). Research in Analytical Psychology: Applications from Scientific, Historical, and Cross-Cultural Research, 197-209, Routledge, 2018

Kawai, T.: Chinese Edition of ‘Reading Haruki Murakami’s “Stories” as a Textbook of Dreams,’ Beijing United Publishing Company (『當村上春樹遇見榮格:用心理學解析故事背后的智慧與力量』北京聯合出版公司), 2018

Kawai, T., Tanaka, Y. (Eds.): Developmental Disabilities that Become Atypical.’ Sogensha, 2016

Kawai,T.: “Big Stories and Small Stories in the Psychological Relief Work after the Earthquake Disaster: Life and Death” Huskinson, L. & Stein, M. (Eds.) (2014) Analytical Psychology in a Changing World: The search for self, identity and community. Routledge, 23-41.

Kawai, T.: Chinese Edition of ‘Reading Haruki Murakami’s “Stories” as a Textbook of Dreams,’ PsyGarden Publishing Company (Taiwan), 2014 (當村上春樹遇見榮格:從《1Q84》的夢物語談起. 心靈工坊)

Kawai, T.: Jungian Psychotherapy, Minerva Shobo, 2013

Kawai, T.: ‘Reading Haruki Murakami’s “Stories” as a Textbook of Dreams,’ Shinchosha, 2011

Kawai, T., Kamata,: T. Guide to “Healing Paths” in Kyoto, Paperback Pocket Edition Series, Asahi Shimbun Publications, 2008

Kawai, T., Iwamiya, K. (Eds.): Special Edition of ‘Human Mind’: A New Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Nippon Hyoron sha, 2006

Kawai, T.: “Postmodern Consciousness in the Novels of Haruki Murakami: An Emerging Cultural Complex.” In Singer & Kimbles (Eds.) The cultural complex. Brunner-Routledge, 2004

Kawai , T.: Theory of Psychotherapy, Iwanami Shoten, 2000

Kawai , T.: Jung - The Reality of the Soul, Kodansha, 1998

Kawai , T.: Psychotherapy of Concepts, Nippon Hyoron sha, 1998

Kawai , T.: Bild und Sprache und ihre Beziehung zur Welt: Überlegungen zur Bedeutung von Jung und Heidegger für die Psychologie. Koenigshausen und Neumann, Würzburg 1988.

Kawai, T., Suzuki, Y., Hatanaka, C., Konakawa, H., Tanaka, Y., Uchida, A. (2020). Gender Differences in Psychological Symptoms and Psychotherapeutic Processes in Japanese Children. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17 (23), 9113.

Toshio Kawai (2020). “Conseguenze della concezione tradizionale della natura e della psiche per la definizione dei problemi ambientali e psicologici, ” Il corpo della terra: Da una visione egologica a una visione ecologica, 2020, 261-276.

Toshio Kawai (2020). “Weakness of Self and Contemporaneousness of Autism Spectrum Disorder.” HATTATSU (Development) 161, 22-27.

Atsushi Fukao, Junta Takamatsu, Takeshi Arishima, Mika Tanaka, Toshio Kawai, Yasuki Okamoto, Akira Miyauchi, Akihisa Imagawa (2020). Graves’ disease and mental disorders. Journal of Clinical & Translational Endocrinology, 19, 100207.

Toshio Kawai (2019). “Tensions and Paradoxes of Decision-Making / Undecision-Making in Body-Mind Transformation Techniques: The Relationship between Psychotherapy and Contemporary Consciousness.” Journal of Body-Mind Transformation Techniques. 8, 205-210.

Toshio Kawai (2019). “The Meaning of Myoe’s dreams in our time.” Shincho 116 (8), 123-137.

Toshio Kawai (2019). “Play Therapy for Developmental Disabilities and Atypical Development.” Child-rearing Support and Clinical Psychology 17, 42-49.

Konakawa, H. Matsuoka, T. Tanaka, Y. Kawai, T. Hatanaka, C. Umemura, K. (2018) “The Relationship between the Style of Sense of Self of Dreamers and the Structure of Dreams.” Archives of Sandplay Therapy, 31 (2), 3-17

Toshio Kawai (2018). “Transformation of East Asian spirituality: with the reference to Eranos lectures.” Investigation of Arts and Principles of Body-Mind Transformation, 7, 267-272.

Toshio Kawai (2017). “The historicity and potential of Jungian analysis: another view of ‘SWOT’.” Journal of Analytical Psychology, 62 (5), 650–657.

Toshio Kawai (2017). “Psychoanalysis (Jungian/Analytical Psychology).” Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 17(4), 428-429.

Atsushi Fukao, Junta Takamatsu, Mitsuru Ito, Takeshi Arishima, Hiroshi Yokoyama, Mika Tanaka, Toshio Kawai, Yasuyuki Okamoto, Akira Miyauchi, Akihisa Imagawa (2017). “Thyroid hormones and psychiatric disorders.” Journal of the Japan Thyroid Association (Suppl.), vol.8(2), 48-59.

Toshio Kawai (2016).” Jungian psychology in Japan from a global perspective.” Japanese Journal of Jungian Psychology, vol.8, 13-24.

Toshio Kawai (2016-2019). “Kokoro’s Forefront and the Layers of History,” Monthly Essay Series in Minerva Correspondence: Kiwameru, Minerva shobo

Mika Tanaka, Yumi Kanayama, Toshio Kawai, Haruko Kuwabara, Michiko Yamamori, Chihiro Hasegawa, Atsushi Fukao, Sumihisa Kubota, Mitsuru Ito, Akira Miyauchi (2016). “Clinical psychology in a specialized thyroid hospital.” Journal of the Japan Thyroid Association, vol.7(1), 12-15.

Kawai, T. (2016) “Psychological Relief Work after the 11 March 2011 Earthquake in Japan: Jungian Perspectives and the Shadow of Activism.” Kiehl, E. et al. (Eds.) Analysis and Activism: Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Psychology. 193-199. London: Routledge.

Toshio Kawai (2016). “Narrative in Contemporary Society.” In: Masayuki Osawa (ed.), Iwanami Koza Gendai 6: Religion and the New Age of Kokoro, pp.145-168, Iwanami Shoten.

Kawai, T. Big Stories and Small Stories agter a Traumatic Natural Disaster from a Psychotherapeutic Point of view. Gil, C.I. & Wulf, C. Hazardous Future: Disaster, representation and the assessment of risk. 2015, 95-108.

Toshio Kawai (2016). “Hayao Kawai and Toshihiko Izutsu,” Mita Bungaku Vol.117, 2012, 242-251.

Toshio Kawai (2014). “Non-Interfacing Relationships of Men Without Women,” Shincho, July 2014, 234-237.

Toshio Kawai (2014). “Toshihiko Izutsu and the Spirit of Eranos.” In: Toshihiko Izutsu: The Source of Language and the Emergence of Philosophy, Kawade Shobo Shinsha

Toshio Kawai (2014). “The Red Book: Jung and his Words.” Forum: A Clinical Psychology Magazine, vol.7, No.1.

Toshio Kawai (2014). “Modern Consciousness and Transcendence in Jung’s The Red Book.” Japanese Bulletin of Pathography, vol.87, 43-50.

Toshio Kawai (2014). “Three Reunions with Hayao Kawai.” In: The Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education (Ed.). Talking about our masters and predecessors Volume 1. Koubundo, 221-258.

Toshio Kawai (2014). “Body-Mind Transformation Techniques in Body-Mind Separation and Interfaces.” Journal of Body-Mind Transformation Techniques, vol.4, 45-51.

Kawai, T. “The 2011 Earthquake in Japan: End of the old and birth of the new story, Spring 88, 47-60, 2013.

Atsushi Fukao, Junta Takamatsu, Toshio Kawai, Akira Miyauchi, Toshiaki Hanafusa (2013). “Psychosomatic Medicine for Thyroid Disease.” Japanese Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine. 53(1), 42-49.

Kawai, T (2012). “The Red Book from a pre-modern perspective: The position of the ego, sacrifice and the dead.” The Journal of Analytical Psychology. 57(3), 378-389.

Toshio Kawai (2012). “Rethinking Jung: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of His Death.” Human Mind, vol.161, 6-10, Nippon Hyoron sha.

Toshio Kawai (2010). “Training of Jungian analysts.” Japanese Journal of Psychotherapy, vol.36, No.3, 13-17.

Kawai, T (2009). "Union and separation in the therapy of pervasive developmental disorders and ADHD." Journal of Analytical Psychology, 54, 659–675.

Kawai, T (2009). “From Anthrophobia to Developmental Disorders: A History of Failing to Establish a Subject.” Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol.9(5), 685-690.

Kawai, T (2006). Postmodern consciousness in psychotherapy. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 51, 437-450.

Tanigawa, S and Kawai T (Eds.) (Republished in 2018).: Clinician, Hayao Kawai, Iwanami Gendai Bunko

Nakazawa, S and Kawai T (Eds.) (Republished in 2018).: Thinker, Hayao Kawai, Iwanami Gendai Bunko

Kawai, T (Ed. in 2018) Kawai, H (Author).: Words from the Field of Counseling, Iwanami Gendai Bunko

Kawai, T (Ed. in 2017) Kawai, H (Author).: [Revised Edition] Folk tales and the Japanese mind ( Collection VI), Iwanami Gendai Bunko

Kawai, T and Tanaka, Y (Eds.).: Giegerich, W. (Author) (2013). Giegerich’s Dream Seminar, Sogensha

Kawai, T and Uchida, Y (Eds.) (2013).: Thinking about “Hikikomori”, Sogensha

Kawai, T, Tanaka, Y, Takenaka, N, Hatanaka, C (2010).: Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Developmental Disabilities, Sogensha

Tanigawa, S, Washida, K and Kawai, T (Eds.) (2009).: Clinician, Hayao Kawai, Iwanami Shoten

Nakazawa, S and Kawai T (Eds.) (2009).: Thinker, Hayao Kawai, Iwanami Shoten

Appearance on TV and Radio

“‘Momo’ written by Michael Ende,” Hyappun de Meicho (“100 minutes on a famous book”) Series, NHK’s E-TV (four broadcasts in August 2020)

“Hayao Kawai Special,” Hyappun de Meicho (“100 minutes on a famous book”) Series, NHK’s E-TV (4 broadcasts in July 2018)

“Haruki Murakami’s ‘Stories’ read by clinical psychologist Toshio Kawai,” The World of Literature, NHK Culture Radio (12 broadcasts, from January to March 2019)

Sonu Shamdasani, Jung Stripped Bare: By His Biographers, Even
Translated by Toshio Kawai (supervisor), Yasuhiro Tanaka, Nanae Takenaka, and Yuka Ogiso, Sogensha, 2011.

Authored by C.G. Jung, edited and translated into English by Sonu Shamdasani, The Red Book
Translated into Japanese by Toshio Kawai (supervisor), Yasuhiro Tanaka, Reiko Takatsuki, Tsuyoshi Inomata, Sogensha, 2010.

Hayao Kawai, Japanese Mythology and the Structure of Mind (Japanese title), Original English title: The Figure of the Sun Goddess in Japanese Mythology
Translated into Japanese by Toshio Kawai, Yasuhiro Tanaka and Reiko Takatsuki, Iwanami Shoten, 2009.