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Art

ARTstor

Early Photography of Japan

JAANUS: Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System

Japanese Woodblock Print Search

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Art of Asia

Tokyo Museum Collection: Integrated Database Search for Metropolitan Museums

 

Articles and Databases

A-Z Databases (list of all database subscriptions for the University of Cambridge)

Art Research Center Database List (Ritsumeikan University)

Cambridge Core

CiNii Articles (Japanese journal citations, some full-text access)

IRDB : Institutional Repositories DataBase (formerly JAIRO)

J-STAGE (Japanese electronic journals, some free full-text access)

Japan Center for Asian Historical Records

    Shashin shuho 写真週報 (1938-1945 magazine, full-text. About Shashin Shuho.)

Japan Disasters Digital Archive

Kokkai search 国会会議録検索システム (minutes from plenary sessions and committee meetings in Diet)

National Institute of Japanese Literature (databases)

Nichibunken (International Research Center for Japanese Studies)

    Nichibunken Databases

    Nichibunken Open Access

WARP: Web Archiving Project (Japanese government documents / white papers)

See also University of Cambridge iDiscover

 

Citation Databases

Bibliography of Asian Studies

CiNii Articles (Japanese journal citations, some full-text access)

Japanese Literature in Translation Search (日本文学翻訳書誌検索)

Web of Science

Zassaku PLus (Index of articles in Japanese magazines and journals)

ZETOC (Citation database from Jisc and the British Library)

 

Dictionaries and Reference Works

JapanKnowledge Lib (includes major dictionaries, encyclopedias, and anthologies.)

Jim Breen's WWWJDIC

Rikaichan (add-on for Firefox)

Rikaikun (extension for Chrome)

 

Early or Rare Books and Manuscripts

Cambridge Digital Library Japanese Works

Database of Pre-modern Japanese Works (National Institute of Japanese Literature)

Digitized Scrolls from the Japanese Manuscript Collection, 1158-1591 (komonjo at Harvard Law School)

Early Japanese Book Portal Database (Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University)

HathiTrust (Global Public Domain only)

Japanese Censorship Collection, Library of Congress

Komonjo (medieval Japanese documents at Princeton)

National Diet Library Digital Collections

Smithsonian Libraries: Japanese Illustrated Books from the Edo and Meiji Periods

Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books (Japan)

Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books in Europe

Waseda Kotenseki Sogo Database

World of the Japanese Illustrated Book: The Gerhard Pulverer Collection

 

Full Text E-Books

A-Z Databases: e-books (list of e-book subscriptions for the University of Cambridge; primarily Western languages)

Aozora bunko 

Comic Walker (manga in Japanese, includes some free material)

Google Books 

JapanKnowledge Lib (includes major dictionaries, encyclopedias, and anthologies)

National Diet Library Digital Collections

See also University of Cambridge iDiscover 

 

Language Learning Resources

Box of Broadcasts (not Japan specific, includes foreign films with subtitles)

Comic Walker (manga in Japanese, paid service with some free material)

Crunchyroll (Japanese-language anime and dramas; translated manga)

italki (find language exchange partners & private teachers, paid service with some free functions)

Japanese Language, Japan Foundation London

Kanji Koohii: Remember the Kanji

Language Centre, University of Cambridge (study materials and options for speaking practice)

Learn Japanese: Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese

Memrise (vocabulary)

Quizlet (vocabulary flashcards)

Sail (practise by speaking to Japanese senior citizens, paid service with free trial)

Viki.com (East Asian dramas, including some Japanese shows.)

 

Library Catalogues and Guides

AMES Faculty Library: Japanese Studies Selected Online Resources

CiNii Books (search Japanese-language books at Cambridge) 

Jisc Library Hub Discover (search over 100 UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues)

NDL (National Diet Library) Search

NDL Research Navi (guide to researching any topic related to Japan)

UK Union Catalogues of Japanese Books

University of Cambridge iDiscover (includes books and e-resources)

WorldCat

For older Japanese books at the University Library, see also the following:

  • Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books in Europe 
  • Eric Ceadel: Classified catalogue of modern Japanese books in Cambridge University Library (1961) (book in the East Asian Reading Room at FD.22:1.1)
  • Nozomu Hayashi and Peter Kornicki: Early Japanese books in Cambridge University Library (1991) (book in the East Asian Reading Room at FD.22.28)

 

Newspapers and Magazines

Factiva (articles from over 30,000 publications in 28 languages. In advanced search, select Japanese or choose from a list of publications in Japan.)

Kikuzo II Visual for Libraries (Asahi Shimbun, 1879 to present. Full-text searchable from 1985; prior years in facsimile.)

Maisaku (Mainichi Shimbun, 1872 to present. Includes 週刊エコノミスト = Weekly Economist.)

Nikkei Telecom 21 (Nihon Keizai Shimbun, 1876 to present. Full-text searchable from 1988.) 

PressReader (Current Japanese news (Mainichi Shimbun) and magazines (43 titles as of April 2021). Requires Cambridgeshire Libraries account or other UK public library account.)

World News Connection (English translations of articles, 1995 to 2013 only)

Yomidasu Rekishikan (Yomiuri Shimbun, 1874 to present. Recent years full-text searchable; prior years in facsimile.)

In addition to the subscription archives above, see newspaper websites for limited free coverage:

 

UK or Europe Specific Japanese Studies Information

NACIRA : National Committee for Information Resources on Asia 

UK Union Catalogues of Japanese Books 

Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books in Europe 

Contact us

Dr Kristin H. Williams
Head of Japanese Section

Mrs Aki Bingley
Library Assistant for Japanese Section

Cambridge University Library
West Road 
Cambridge 
CB3 9DR

Tel. 01223 333155
E-mail: japanese@lib.cam.ac.uk

Opening hours

Monday-Thursday

9:00-18:50 (staffed 9:00-17:10)

Friday

9:00-18:50 (staffed 9:00-16:50)

Saturday

9:00-16:30 (not staffed)

No fetching or transfers 12.30-14.00, after 16.45 (16.30 Friday), and all day Saturday. Readers wishing to consult non-borrowable items on Saturdays, please order by 15.00 on Friday, for transfer to the Manuscripts Reading Room for consultation.