This page provides general information about accessing Japan-related resources held in the HBLL (in both Japanese and English languages).
For discipline specific research help, click on the relevant tab near the top of this page. These tabs will take you to sub-guides focused on the following topics: Reference Works (encyclopedias, dictionaries, research aids), and Pre-Modern and Modern Japanese History, (More tabs coming soon).
To Find Books in Japanese:
If you know the author or title you want:
Look up the book in the library catalog using Kanji 漢字 and Kana かな or Hepburn Romanization.
For detailed rules on Romanization consult the Japanese documentaion at http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/roman.html
To browse the Asian Collection for Japanese books:
Check the Asian Collection Call Number Guide and visit the relevant section of the stacks.
Each of the databases listed below provides access to different resources. For best search results you should try several of them. If you are new to database searching, click for some very helpful tips on how to conduct a successful database search.
Digital Resources from the Harry F. Bruning Collection
Bakemono no e: Illustrated Scroll of Supernatural Creatures from Japan's Edo Period. High resolution digital scan of the entire fifteen-meter scroll depicting thirty-five different creatures. This item is part of the Harry F. Bruning Collection house in BYU's L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
(Original materials housed in the Japanese Rare Book Collection of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at BYU.)
Yomidas Rekishikan is a full text database of the Yomiuri shinbun 読売新聞, the largest newspaper in Japan, from the first issue in 1874 to present. All full text articles of Yomiuri shinbun from 1874 to 1989 are available from image database of shukusatsuban (reduced-size edition) and most of the articles are retrievable in full text except some articles with copyright issue from 1986 to present. The database also includes the English edition: the Daily Yomiuri (Sept. 1989- to the present), both searchable by article, keyword, subject category, and issue.
(OCT 2020–APR 2021)
A new exhibition on Level 1 in the Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL) is now open. (Directly across from the main atrium stairs. Go through the doors marked Special Collections on Level 1 and look to the right.)
This is a fabulous collection of unique items that anyone interested in Japanese history and culture would enjoy.
Those who Browse the Stacks always discover additional research materials!
All books published in Asian languages are located on the 4th Floor in the Asian Collection.
English materials on Asian topics are located in different parts of the library as noted below.
If you have trouble finding a book ask the Asian Studies Librarian or inquire at any library help desk.
AC-AE Collections, Encyclopedias (1st Floor, Social Science Reference)
BQ Buddhism (2nd Floor, Religion & Family History Library)
DS 800-899 Japanese History (1st Floor, Social Science Library)
JZ 1745-47 Japanese Politics and Government (1st Floor, Central Stacks)
ND Japanese Painting (5th Floor, North Stacks)
PL 501–845 Japanese Language and Literature