Digital Resources for Japanese Studies

8. Resources by Subject

This section provides selected links to resources for particular academic disciplines. It is not intended to be comprehensive but merely to provide some useful references for beginning research.


National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka 国立民俗学博物館 (MINPAKU)
A comprehensive research museum specializing in ethnology and related fields. Its database page includes databases on costumes and clothing (documenting materials and scholarship); artifacts; Korean daily commodities; world literary materials; photographs of Nepal; and a Sumerian dictionary.

Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology 日本民俗学会
Includes list of monographs published since 1996. Index to Minzokugaku kenkyu 民族學研究 is also available from the first issue (1935) to 2002. The English version of the site is less comprenhensive than the Japanese, but includes many major elements. The "Bookmarks" page provides links to museums, academic institutions, scholarly organizations and resources for anthropology in Japan and elsewhere.

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On-line Database of the Kyoto National Museum Collections 京都国立博物館蔵品データバース
Over 5,000 items held by the museum are searchable by title, creator, type, nationality, period, etc. 10,000 images are viewable.

Ukiyo-e Link 浮世絵リンク集
Links to museums and institutions with ukiyo-e collections.

Japanese Film Database日本映画データベース
Over 35,000 titles of films made in Japan since 1899 are searchable by title, cast, directors, and year. Also lists related reference books.

TV Drama database テレビドラマデータベース
Over 27,000 TV dramas since 1940 are searchable by title, cast, creator, abstract, and writers.

60s’ Wonder World 60年代通信
Information on Japanese culture in the 1960s cultures , especially youth culture. Includes TV advertisements and programs, magazines, songs, candies, children’s games, cartoons, films, etc.

Finding Images of East Asia at Harvard and Beyond
An overview of East Asia-related photographs and other visual resources.

CD-ROM Materials
The following CD-ROMs may be used on the Japanese research workstation in the Harvard-Yenching Library reading room. Please request them at the circulation or reference desk by call number.

Fukkoku Nihon no minzoku ongaku 復刻日本の民俗音楽
Harvard-Yenching Library: CD-ROM J-0019
Collection of folk music in 36 CDs. There is also a supplementary book (J) ML340 .N54 1998x.

Kodomo no uta daizenshū: utaitsugarete 100-nen 子供のうた大全集: うたいつがれて100年
Harvard-Yenching Library: CD-ROM J-0019
Collection of children's songs in 8 CDs. There is also a supplementary book (J) M1812 .C37 2002x.

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East Asian Studies

Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo 東京大学東洋文化研究所
Besides its library collection catalogs, the site offers useful databases including Korean Genealogies 朝鮮族譜データベース , Index to Chinese Modern Literature 中国近現代文学関係雑誌記事データベース articles, and a Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary (Tibetan-Sanskrit 構文対照電子辞書プロジェクト).

Chinese Classics Catalog at the Toyo Bunko 東洋文庫所蔵漢籍オンライン検索
Bibliographic database of Chinese Classics held by the Toyo Bunko 東洋文庫.

Annual Bibliography of Oriental Studies 東洋学文献類目
Harvard-Yenching Ref (J) DS5 .T69x (1934 - )
Citation index for scholarly literature on East Asia in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Western languages. Includes journal articles and monographs. Coverage is strongest for Chinese, Japanese, and Western languages. The online version covers scholarship published since 1981 and allows author and title keyword searching. It offers two interfaces:

  • Japanese-language interface: Search terms may be entered in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, or Western languages. Please note that characters, kana, and Western-language search terms will search for those precise terms. i.e. 蒙古, モンゴル, and Mongolia will retrieve different records. Please enter katakana terms with full-width katakana. Searching capability in han'gul is limited.
  • Western-language interface: Searching in Western scripts only for Western-language materials.
If you experience display problems, see the instructions for viewing Japanese web pages.

Database for Books and Magazines on Modern Korea 近代朝鮮関係書籍データベース
Bibliographic database of books and magazines on Korea published in Japan between 1868 and 1945.

See also
Digital Dictionary of Buddhism 電子佛教辭典
CJKV-English Dictionary: A Dictionary-Database of CJK Characters and Compounds Related to East Asian Cultural, Political, and Intellectual History

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Economics / Finance

For more information on resources for economic, financial and business data, please see Introduction to Data Resources for Japan.

Bank of Japan 日本銀行
Extensive data on Japanese economy and finance as well as reports on economic and monetary policies are available. The bank’s own Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies 金融研究所 offers many full-text reports in Japanese and English published by the bank since 1997. The Currency Museum 貨幣博物館, another affiliate of the bank, is rich in information on the history of Japanese currency.

Ministry of Finance of Japan 財務省
Homepage for the major govenmental body dealing with the economy.

Nippon Keidanren 日本経済団体連合会
Site of Japan’s most influential business interest group.

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Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo 東京大学史料編纂所 
The most extensive and comprehensive digital resource site for Japanese history, including an index to Dai Nihon shiryo 大日本史料 and the full text of Heian ibun 平安遺文.

National Museum of Japanese History 国立歴史民俗博物館
The museum is digitizing its primary documents and compiling bibliographies and a collection catalog; mostly accessible without restriction.

Historical Documents image and full-text Database, National Museum of Japanese History 国立歴史民俗博物館蔵中世古文書データベース
1,925 items of medieval documents are cataloged; image data available for some.

International Research Center for Japanese Studies 日文研データベース
A variety of the center's databases for historical resources; strong in visual information.

Japan center for Asian Historical Records アジア歴史資料センター
Opened in Nov. 2002, the center aims to provide Internet access to Asia-related official documents held by three national archival collections. 225,000 catalog records and 2.7 million images are available so far.

National Archives of Japan 国立公文書館
Searchable catalog of 490,000 volumes of Naikaku bunko 內閣文庫, which includes official documents since the Edo 江戸government and other historically significant books and manuscripts.

Image Database of Old Photographs of Japan 幕末明治期日本古写真画像データベース
Searchable archive of 5,416 photographs of Nagasaki and other parts of Japan taken during the latter half of the 19th century.

Kano Bunko Image database 東北大学附属図書館狩野文庫画像データベース
Searchable archive of 900 old Japanese maps and 280 titles of illustrated books and scrolls.

Digital Image Collection, Kyoto University 京都大学附属図書館貴重資料画像
The extensive historical resources offered on this site include the Meiji Restoration database, National Treasure Konjaku monogatari 今昔物語, Nenju gyoji emaki 年中行事絵巻, and Fujikawa collection of medical books 富士川文庫.

Finding Images of East Asia at Harvard and Beyond
An overview of East Asia-related photographs and other visual resources.

CD-ROM Materials
The following CD-ROMs may be used on the Japanese research workstation in the Harvard-Yenching Library reading room. Please request them at the circulation or reference desk by call number.

Gunsho ruijū 群書類従
Harvard-Yenching Library CD-ROM J-0007
Searching and full text of the eighteenth century compilation of classic works compiled by Hanawa Hokinoichi 塙保已一.

Heian ibun 平安遺文
Harvard-Yenching Library: CD-ROM J-0009

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Statutes and Parliamentary Documents Room, NDL 国会図書館議会官庁資料室
Comprehensive introduction to resources on Japanese statutes in all formats; extensive links to useful resources.

Legal data supply system 法令データ提供システム
Current laws are searchable by name, category, year enacted, and short name.

Japanese Law (Lawtext Forest) 日本の法令(法林)
Japanese laws and regulations from 1859 to 1999, including two constitutions; searchable and full text.

Ministry of Justice 法案・法令
Full text of all laws passed in the Diet since the 145th session (1999).

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J-Texts 日本文学電子図書館
Full texts of literary works.

Aozora bunko 青空文庫
Full texts of literary works (2,435 titles as of April 2003). Similar to Project Gutenburg.

Japanese Literature Text file 日本文学等テキストファイル 
List of links to full-text reproductions of Japanese literature.

Electronic Katei Bunko 電子版霞亭文庫
Searchable image database of 1,159 Edo-period novels and dramas, including kibyoshi 黄表紙, sharebon 洒落本, and otogi zoshi 御伽草子.

Nationa Institute of Japanese Literature 電子資料館
Gateway site for an important institution provides access to the following three resources and more:

CD-ROM Materials
The following CD-ROMs may be used on the Japanese research workstation in the Harvard-Yenching Library reading room. Please request them at the circulation or reference desk by call number.

Genji monogatari honbun kenkyū dēta bēsu 原氏物語本木硏究
Harvard-Yenching Library: CD-ROM J-0004

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Politics / Government

For more information on government statistical sites and quantitative resources , please see Introduction to Data Resources for Japan.

Search Japanese Government Web resources 電子政府の総合窓口
Gateway for Japanese government information on the Web.

Full text database of minutes of the Diet 国会会議録検索システム
Coverage since the first parliament session in May 1947.

Kanpo Index 官報検索
Searching of tables of contents of Kanpo 官報 since June 3, 1996.

Prime Minister of Japan and his cabinet 首相官邸
An efficient gateway to government webpages. This official site offers the latest information on the prime minister regarding a variety of topics. It provides links to all agency and ministry sites, as well as to white papers, reports, statistics, and minutes from various committees.

The Diplomatic record office of the Ministry of Foreign affairs 外務省外交史料館
List of public and declassified diplomatic records.

The World and Japan database 田中昭彦研究室 データベース「世界と日本」
Texts and data for modern Japanese politics and diplomacy, including major speeches by prime ministers and cabinet members since 1885. Offered by Akihiko Tanaka 田中明彦.

2005 年総選挙選出衆議院議員一覧
Current Diet information. Compiled by Shuichi Ueda 上田修一.

CD-ROM Materials
The following CD-ROMs may be request them at the circulation or reference desk by call number. Harvard-Yenching CDs may be used on the Japanese research workstation in the reading room.

General Election 2000 2000総選挙のすべて
Harvard-Yenching Library: CD-ROM J-0003

Minryoku 民力CD-ROM 2000 : 1989-2009

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Petzold Scrolls Collection
Some 450 scrolls held by Yenching Library's are viewable.

Database on Religious Organizations in Japan 宗教教団情報データベース 
Searchable database on 368 religious organizations

大正新脩大蔵経 テキストデータベース
Shinshu Daizokyo大正新修大藏經.

International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism 花園大学国際禅学研究所
Downloadable Zen texts from the Daizokyo 大藏經 and Zoku zokyo 續藏經. Searchable full text database of Gozan bungaku zenshu 五山文學全集 (Shibunkaku 思文閣).

Sotozen Net 曹洞禅ネット
Articles and papers on the Soto 曹洞 school (1868 to 2003); searchable by title and author.

eBible Japan 日本語聖書検索
Three Japanese translations of the Old and New Testaments, searchable by word.

See also
Digital Dictionary of Buddhism 電子佛教辭典

CD-ROM Materials
The following CD-ROMs may be used on the Japanese research workstation in the Harvard-Yenching Library reading room. Please request them at the circulation or reference desk by call number.

Cosmology of the Mitsuketenjin-Hadakamatsuri 見付天神裸祭のコスモス
Harvard-Yenching Library: CD-ROM J-0022

Database of valuable Lotus Sutra manuscripts : microfilm materials held in the Comprehensive Study of Lotus Sutra, Rissho University 法華経関係稀覯資料集成デ-タベ-ス : 立正大学法華経文化研究所蔵マイクロフィルム資料
Harvard-Yenching Library: CD-ROM J-0020
CD-ROM version of Tripiṭaka. Sūtrapiṭaka. Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra.

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Ohara Institute for Social Research, Hosei University 法政大学大原社会問題研究所
Provides following three resources on labor and social issues:

Bibliography pf Japanese Sociology 日本社会学文献情報データベース
Comprehensive bibliography of scholarship on sociology published in Japan from 1945 to the present.

Image database of classic texts on women 女性関連資料画像原文データベース 
68 titles of Edo- and Meiji-period books for women are presented in image and text; also full-text images of three prewar journals meant for educators and homemakers.

Socius ソキウス
Created by sociologist Kazuo Nomura 野村一夫, including his work and useful links.

Winet, National Women’s Education Center 国立女性教育会館 女性情報ポータル
Gender/women’s studies. An extensive bibliography, statistics, directory of gender studies courses offered in Japanese universities, links to online resources, etc.

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Statistics / Public Opinion Polls

Please also see Introduction to Data Resources for Japan.

Statistic Bureau Union guide to government statistics, Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications 総務省統計局統計情報総合案内
Gateway to statistics generated by government offices.

Bank of Japan Statistics 日本銀行 統計・データ 
Various statistical data provided by the Bank of Japan.

Ministry of Finance Statistics 財務省統計資料
Last five years of figures pertaining to the government budget, government bonds, trade statistics, balance of payments, etc.

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Statistics 厚生労働統計一覧
Ministry-issued statistical data in Excel format.

JETRO Trade and International Payments Statistics 日本の貿易・投資・国際収支統計
Both current and long-term (1958-2002) statistics are available in Excel format.

Public Opinion Polls / Surveys 内閣府 世論調査・アンケート
Full text of selected polls and surveys conducted by the government since 1977.

NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute, NHK, 放送文化研究所
Survey results provided under 研究・調査. Poll results available under 一般世論調査. Polls and surveys were conducted by the institute over the past few years. Brief English-language summaries of some reports are available under "Surveys and Research Results" at

Data Archive, Social Science Japan SSJデータ・アーカイブ
The Social Science Japan Data Archive (SSJDA) collects, maintains, and provides access to quantitative data from social surveys for the academic community. Data is provided in Japanese only, but there is an English version of the website with information on how to deposit and access data. The archive is maintained by a unit within the Information Center for Social Research on Japan, Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo.

Minryoku 民力CD-ROM 2000 : 1989-2009
Contains statistical data in the period of 1989 to 2009 for Japan’s population, economy, industry, construction, transportation, communication and culture, etc.

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