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Japanese Studies: Electronic Resources

Guide to resources for the study of Japan and Japanese

Koji ruien database

Digital Materials Database of the National Institute of Japanese Literature

Sorimachi Shigeo's Catalogs of Rare Japanese Books

Kōbunsō Taika Koshomoku 

弘文荘 待賈 古書目 

Digital reproductions of a series of antiquarian book catalogs by Sorimachi Shigero 反町茂雄 (1901-1991) covering the period from 1933–1984. These catalogues were distributed to collectors and sales were made through the listings. This work is valuable for researchers because it gives careful descriptions of the books, including their publishing history and differences between editions.


Notable Japanese Collections in North America

Notable Japanese Collections in North America The purpose of this website is to help scholars and librarians identify notable Japanese Studies collections in North American libraries and cultural institutions. So far the database contains information on 144 collections of Japanese rare books, scrolls, paintings, and ephemera course in North American libraries. See the article on this resource from the Digital Orientalist.

Aozora bunko

Zeppan Manga toshokan

Japanese Text Initiative

Japan Center for Asian Historical Records, National Archives of Japan

Japanese Historical Text Initiative