Japanese collection news

Japanese web archiving project: Snapshot of Japan 2016-2018

Stanford is currently engaged in a web archiving project entitled "Snapshot of Japan 2016-2018," which aims to archive a wide range of Japanese websites - including political parties, religious organizations, labor unions, agricultural cooperatives, energy companies, women's groups, financial organizations, political leaders, influential figures, activist groups, and manufacturing associations - in order to record multiple perspectives on some of the key issues in Japan during this period.

More information on this project in English and Japanese can be found here.

New database: Japan Times Archives

Please note that we now have access to the digital archive for the English-language newspaper, The Japan Times.  Click here or visit the Japanese e-resources page for access. 

Trial access to Japanese e-book platform from Maruzen

For one month, starting 4/13/15, we have access to the entire collection of Tokyo University Press e-books that are available through Maruzen eBook Library, a total of 94 titles.  Please give it a try and let Regan Murphy Kao know if you like the platform and/or find the available titles useful. 

Access to ProQuest Dissertations Full Text Version

Stanford University Libraries has upgraded our ProQuest Dissertations and Theses subscription from the index/abstracts only version to the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global full text version.  You can now access the full text version via:


Japanese DVDs added to collection

Eighteen Japanese movies were added to the collection.  The newly added titles include older movies from the 50s, 60s, and 70s directed by Yamada Yoji as well as more recent works, such as Doshitemo furetakunai and Yokoso! Sakura Shogakko e: minna nakama da: jissha eizo de manabu Nihon no gakko seikatsu to kotoba.  Search for "Japanese DVD and Blu-ray Collection" to see a select list of recently acquired Japanese movies and documentaries.

New special collections on display

Come visit Lathrop East Asia Library to view examples from three new Japanese special collections: posters from our 3.11 ephemera collection, 3.11-related children's books, and Edo period souvenir prints (keidaizu)!

New collection: Japanese rare materials related to travel

The East Asia Library recently acquired a large collection of souvenir prints from the 17th through the mid-20th century. Reflecting the newly widespread availability of printing technology, the earliest of these prints tend to be locally-produced, rough, black-and-white images of temple-shrine complexes (pilgrimage being one of the few permissible forms for travel at the time). With time, color begins to brighten these souvenirs pictures and changes in printing technology give them more detail and precision. The later images of temples and shrines provide visual evidence of the effort to separate Shinto from Buddhism that began in the late 19th century. This collection of travel-related prints also reveals the importance of other destinations, such as hot spring resorts (onsen), as well the tenacity of this format, which is adopted by modern companies to advertise their goods. Search for "Japanese rare materials related to travel" to see the full list!

New acquisition: signed first edition of Inoue Hisashi's Mokkinpotto-shi no atoshimatsu

The library has added a signed, first edition of Inoue Hisashi's Mokkinpotto-shi no atoshimatsu (1972) to its collection.  This semi-fictional tale tells of Inoue's early career working as a stage manager and script writer at the striptease theatre, Furansu-za, in Asakusa, Tokyo. 

New e-resource: Bungei kurabu

Bungei Kurabu was published by Hakubunkan starting in 1895 and includes the writings of 2,600 individual authors, including Izumi Kyoka, Ozaki Koyo, Tayama Katai, Yamada Bimyo, and Higuchi Ichiyo. With many photographs of actors, entertainers, geisha, and articles about contemporary customs, it is valuable in the study of Meiji period literature, art, rakugo, and theatre. The database covers the Meiji period from the magazine's inception in 1895 to 1912.

Bungei kurabu can be accessed through SearchWorks or through the Japanese e-resources topic guide.

New database: Maisaku, the Mainichi Shinbun Online Database

The East Asia Library has added a subscription to Maisaku, the Mainichi Shinbun Online Database.

Maisaku provides full-text access to the Mainichi Shinbun (1872-present), including the Tokyo and Osaka editions (1876-1942). It includes Mainichi Shinbun (1872-); Weekly Economist (1989-); and The Mainichi (English) (2008-). Newspaper findings on public opinions and political party approval ratings are also available. As search terms are limited, browsing is recommended.

Maisaku can be accessed through SearchWorks or through the Japanese e-resources topic guide.

Japanese collection receives grants from NCC

The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) has awarded the Japanese collection at Stanford's East Asia Library grants for two microfilm sets, Oraimono bunrui shusei : Tokyo Daigaku Sogo Toshokan shozo Okamura Kintaro shushu and Nanbu-han karoseki nisshi : Morioka-shi Chuo Kominkan shozo.

The Oraimono bunrui shusei is a collection of elementary school textbooks amassed and arranged by Okamura Kintaro (1867-1935), the celebrated algologist of the Meiji and early Showa periods. Covering the period from 1576 through 1890, the set consists of Terako schoolbooks and Meiji period elementary school textbooks up until the 1890 Imperial Rescript on Education in 1890. They are arranged in nine types: idioms, news, instruction manuals, history and geography, business, compendiums, physical sciences, and miscellaneous.

Nanbuhan Karoseki Nisshi, the official journal and log book kept by generations of senior retainers of the Nanbuhan region, a large domain that stretched from the middle of Iwate prefecture to northern extreme of the main island of Honshu. The journal is an important source of information about northern Japan in the early modern period and especially for records of the various natural disasters, bad harvests, famines, earthquakes, tsunamis, chilling rains, and floods. During the 100-plus years covered by this microfilm set, peasant revolts arose throughout the country; the journals of senior retainers provide invaluable information on their management.  The journals are valuable also for the concrete information they provide about Nanbuhan’s local industries, such as horse-rearing and the mining of gold dust.  This microfilm sets is a fundamental resource for research on the history of Tohoku and covers the years from 1644 through 1840 with very few gaps.

Two music magazines added to collection: Latina and Music Magazine

The Japanese collection recently added two magazines to its collection, Latina and Music Magazine. These Japanese-language magazines give an in-depth exploration of music worldwide. Latina focuses on Latin American music both as it is practiced in Japan and elsewhere.  Outside of Japan, only UCLA holds copies of Music Magazine and no other library has Latina.  

New collecting area: Japanese movies

We have added over twenty recent Japanese documentaries and feature films to our collection!  Search for "Japanese DVD and BluRay Collection" in subject terms to pull up these recent acquisitions!

EAL acquires the private archive on steel industry in colonial Manchuria

The East Asia Library recently acquired a microfilm set of the private papers of Suitsu Risuke, who was an upper-middle level manager in the Showa Steel Works before and during Manchukuo. Showa Steel Works was the largest iron and steel complex in Manchuria, and indeed in entire China, until the 1980s. One of the architects of Manchukuo’s policy on iron and steel industry, Suitsu Risuke's plans frequently became the official policy of JP/Manchukuo governments. His private archive is rich with confidential documents, both his own writings and the materials that he used to understand industry, labor and the economy in Manchuria. Stanford is the only library outside of Japan to hold this private archive, which should contribute to the US scholarship on Manchuria, Japanese empire, and China in general.

Japanese children's books on display in the first floor of Meyer.

The East Asia Library has started to collect award-winning Japanese children’s books. In the display space on the first floor of Meyer Library, you will find a selection that re-tells old tales, seeks to assuage fears of nature disasters, and introduces photos of bugs and birds that may be unfamiliar to children living in large cities. This collection will provide a record for future generations of what issues were thought to be important to teach children and the manner and media used to teach them. An imagined journey on a bullet train allows children to learn about different parts of Japan. Spectacular photos introduce nature to Japan’s increasingly urbanized youth. A playful story explains away fearsome typhoons. Please take a look at the exhibit and collection!

EAL acquires Song Dynasty Biographies of Eminent Monks

The East Asia Library at Stanford recently acquired from Zojoji Temple in Japan a copy of the twelfth-century printing of the tenth-century Chinese work called the Song Dynasty Biographies of Eminent Monks. With over five hundred biographies, it is an invaluable source of historical information on monks from about 700 to 900. Stanford now holds the only copy of this text in North America, and perhaps the only complete copy of the text outside of a single extant version in this temple in Japan.