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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 

Ajia Rekishi Shiryo Senta (JACAR: Japan Center for Asian Historical Records)

Digital archive of primary sources. This site provides access to official documents, dating from the Meiji era through 1945, of the Japanese Cabinet, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Army and Navy. In an effort to share history as it has been documented, JACAR's archives showcase the original records, including full images of the documents, all in digitized form, on an unprecedented scale. Can be browsed or searched by keywords.



Aozora Bunko

This online collection encompasses several thousands of works of Japanese-language fiction and non-fiction. These include out-of-copyright books (e.g. Natsume Soseki, Mori Ogai, Akutagawa, Osamu Dazai, Murasaki Shikibu etc.). Searchable in Japanese or English.



Bibliography of Japanese History up to 1912

Free to use bibliography of Japanese history up to 1912, which continues to be kept up to date. 



CiNii

Unrestricted access.

Most up-to-date union catalogue, containing the bibliographic record of most Japanese publications with their holding libraries. Bibliographic records appear in this database immediately after they have been catalogued. Searchable in Japanese.

Search can be limited to UK libraries, participating European countries, or Asia, Japan etc. If you wish to search the Japanese collection of a specific university library only, use the 'Advanced search' screen and enter a library ID as listed below:

  • Cambridge University Library: FA012976.
  • Oxford: FA012965
  • BL: FA012954
  • Sheffield: FA012987
  • SOAS: FA013006.
  • IDs for other participating UK libraries (UK Union Catalogue) are: FA012998; FA017925; FA018382; FA021999; FA023123; FA023203.

Participating UK Libraries are: British Library; British Museum; Bodleian Japanese Library; Cambridge University Library; Edinburgh (Stirling) Library; Japan Foundation London Library; Japan Infromation and Culture Centre, Embassy of Japan in the UK; SOAS Library; The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures; University of Sheffield). Please note that not all monographs in SOAS Library can be retrieved in this database.

There is also an  equivalent service for scholarly articles, with a similar emphasis on Japanese papers. It allows users to find articles by navigating a large volume of information including periodicals published by Japanese scholarly societies, research bulletins published by Japanese universities, and the National Diet Library periodicals index database.Through joint collaborations, it also provides links to full text documents and other services.



CrossAsia

The East and Southeast Asia Virtual Library developed by the East Asia Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and its project partners. It offers access to research information in East and Southeast Asian studies. Main features include meta-search of more than 16 library catalogues in Western and Asian languages; 'Databases' provides access to selected databases (articles) which are subject to licence (users have to register with CrossAsia); 'Online Guide East Asia': a collection of links to electronic resources of interest to East and South Asian Studies; 'Digital Collection': portal to digitised sources of special collection area of the Staadsbibliothek in Berlin.



Early Photography of Japan

Early Photography of Japan is a virtual collection of more than 40 souvenir photograph albums and illustrated publications with over 2,000 images from Widener Library, the Fine Arts Library, and Harvard-Yenching Library. These images primarily document the early history of commercial photography in Japan and are representative of what is often called Japanese tourist photography or Yokohama shashin. They reflect the Western image of traditional Japanese culture before the dramatic transformation brought about by modernization during the Meiji period (1868-1912).



Eijiro

Dictionary aimed at native speakers of Japanese. iOS app availiable. 



Fessler's Guide to Japanese Research

Essential website for undergraduate students of Japanese. Provides valuable information on online and print dictionaries and how to use them, on the structure of kanji (translated from Japanese as this information is unavailable in English), all you need to know about calligraph, citation of CJK bibliography etc. A YouTube version is also availiable. 



Harvard University Libraries

Harvard University library has various resources which may be of interest to our students, including their own research guides with reccomended materials. 



Hiragana megane

Allows you to enter a web page, and then places readings of all kanji in hiragana above the characters.



Imiwa

Multilingual Japanese dictionary for iOS . It offers dictionary/kanji and example sentences. Full offline use.



J-Stage (Japan Scince and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic)

In Japanese and in English. Contains free leading scholarly online journals and proceedings mainly in science and technology but includes some articles in Humanities and social sciences.



JAIRO (Japanese Institutional Repositories Online)

An electronic archive system which accumulates and stores intellectual products of Japanese academic institutions in electronic form and discloses them free of charge. Includes journal articles, thesis, disssertations, departmental bulletin papers, research papers etc. The metadata can be searched cross-sectionally. In October 2008 it contained 540,000 contents from 84 Japanese institutional repositories.



Japanese Classic Literature Genji Net

The website of a research institute based in Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo. It's focus is on creating a text database for the Genji Monogatari, and developing programs to perform quantitative analysis of the database as well as automatic word analysis and automatic quote analysis.



Japanese Literature in Translation

The database covers Japanese literary works translated into other languages mainly from the end of World War II to the 1990s. It is searchable by author, title, translator, or other keywords. Terms may be input in either Japanese or roman letters.



Japanese Text Initiative

Collection of online texts of classical Japanese literature.



Jim Breen's WWWJDIC

Japanese online dictionary. 

When looking up a character it gives readings and many compounds, as well as an English translation. Provides links to other dictionaries and resources for each compound. Character etymoloy, Chinese character genealogy can be found for each character in the compound when clicking on 'Examine'.



Keio University Libraries

Keio University Libraries have many resources which may be of interest to Japanese Studies students. For example, a, extensive digital library, and an institutional repository containing research papers and dissertations. 



Kikuzo II

Accessible on and off campus. Click “Enter (SSL)”.

Database which enables the user to search and read articles carried by The Asahi Shimbun (and Shukan Asahi and Aera) over the past 130 years. Along with "Historical Photo Archives", articles from the Meiji, the Taisho, and the Showa era have been included to the current database. To read the most recent articles of Asahi Shinbun (+ Shukan Asahi and Aera), select today’s date in the box of 発行日 and select “のみ”. Shukan Asahi is published on Fridays and Aera is on Mondays.

 



Kokubungaku Kenkyu Shiryokan Denshi Shiryokan

Database of classical Japanese texts produced by The National Institute of Japanese Literature (NJIL). Includes P. Kornicki Oshu shozai Nihon kosho sogo mokuroku.



Kotobank

Online dictionary aimed at native speakers of Japanese. iOS app availiable. 



National Diet Library, Japan

Includes thousands of digitized books, both modern and classic. Of particular interest may be the Meiji Era digital library, which includes 251,000 volumes from the Meiji and Taisho era.



Naver Dictionaries

Online multi-language dictionaries. Chinese-Korean/Korean-Chinese; Japanese-korean/Korean-Japanese; English-Korean/Korean-English etc. Also includes character recognition.



Nihon Bijutsu Gaho (日本美術画報)

Currently being digitized into a searchable online resource.

This will prove to be a very useful place to go not only for modern art specialists, but also for pre-modern experts interested in the development of the Japanese art historical canon, or those looking for images of artworks now lost, or even just to get an idea of what people were saying about certain artworks a century ago.



Nihongodict

Online dictionary, searchable English-Japanese, and Japanese-English. Useful for a quick word search.



Nikkei Telecom 21

Available on and off campus. Click 'Log-in' after ticking the terms and conditions agreement button and then click on 'SETSUZOKU'.

Largest online source on Japanese business delivering the latest news covering Nihon Keizai Shinbun and related newspapers and other publications. The service includes full text search of Nikkei's four business newspapers, company information search, Who's Who search and Time Nikkei flash news. There is an English menu which provides not only round-the-clock Nikkei news translated from the Nikkei's newspapers but also full contents of the Nikkei Weekly which is an English paper published by Nikkei. Not searchable by keyword from text.



Nikkei Telecom 21

Available on and off campus. Click 'Log-in' after ticking the terms and conditions agreement button and then click on 'SETSUZOKU'.

Largest online source on Japanese business delivering the latest news covering Nihon Keizai Shinbun and related newspapers and other publications. The service includes full text search of Nikkei's four business newspapers, company information search, Who's Who search and Time Nikkei flash news. There is an English menu which provides not only round-the-clock Nikkei news translated from the Nikkei's newspapers but also full contents of the Nikkei Weekly which is an English paper published by Nikkei. Not searchable by keyword from text.



PeraPera

Free add-on for Firefox and Chrome, with both Chinese and Japanese versions availiable. Once downloaded, an icon will appear on the top right-hand corner of your desktop which you can activate by one click each time you would like to read something from a Chinese/Japanese website. Hover over any Chinese/Japanese characters on the Internet and its English meaning and Chinese/Japanese reading will appear in a window.



Rikai-chan

Firefox add-on that helps you read Japanese text online. Easy to install and use. This plugin is powered by the WWWJDIC, so you will get identical definitions as long as the dictionary file is kept up-to-date. Fairly good with people and place names. Can detect that verbs are conjugated and displays them in simple present tense. A video introduction to Rikai-chan is also availiable on YouTube. 



Tangorin

Online dictionary searchable from Japanese-English and English-Japanese. Includes classical Japanese search, name search and a specialized search. Its Kanji search gives you stroke orders, meanings of each compound with links to Nelson and other dictionaries.



Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books in Europe

This catalogue aims to include all the books bound in Japanese style held in the university libraries, local libraries, museums and other institutions of all European countries. It covers both manuscripts and printed books and both Japanese books and Japanese editions of Chinese and Korean books.



Web Japan

Created by Japan Information Network. Covers news, government and politics, business/economy, travel, science, education and other information about life in Japan. 



Weblio Jisho

Online dictionary aimed at native speakers of Japanese. 



Yomidasu Rekishikan

Available on and off campus (with Raven password).

Yomiuri Shinbun database which lets you search all Yomiuri articles from 1874 to the present and advertisement in the Meiji, Taisho and early Showa. It includes the English Daily Yomiuri from 1989. Only previous day's and older articles from the Yomiuri Shinbun are accessible online via this service.  On the first screen, choose “Heisei” then in the search screen, choose “一致” instead of “範囲” in the 検索期間(search period) box and then add the date of the previous day (yesterday).



Zasshi kiji sakuin

Important research tool for finding journal articles. It is a major index to scholarly journals, academic bulletins and magazines published in Japan and held in the NDL. It contains citations of journal articles, and not the full text articles themselves. This is not a 24 hour service, beware of the time difference! 



ZOTERO

Free Japanese-compatible reference management tool.