Bibliography and Digital Libraries

World Digital Library

URL:http://www.wdl.org/en/search/?regions=east-asia&countries=JP

The World Digital Library is a collaborative project aiming to provide primary materials from all countries and cultures. In terms of Japanese materials, this library offers materials mainly from the pre-modern period such as: maps, Buddhist canons, fine arts, literature, natural history, and historical documents. The main contributors are Library of Congress (US) and the National Diet Library of Japan.

Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books

URL:http://base1.nijl.ac.jp/~tkoten/about-en.html

The Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books is a catalogue of manuscripts and printed materials produced by Japanese people prior to the Meiji period. It catalogues materials that belong to public archives and libraries in Japan. Materials that belong to European libraries are catalogued in the Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books in Europe.

National Diet Library Digital Collections

URL:http://dl.ndl.go.jp/?__lang=en

The National Diet Library (NDL) Digital Collections is the gateway for digitised images and their bibliographical information of items stored in the NDL. It covers books, periodicals, rare books and other old materials, official gazettes, newspapers, historical materials, auditory and visual materials, and special collections. While computer-readable texts are not available at this time, titles of books and sections are well documented in this database.

The Kyoto University Digital Library

URL:http://edb.kulib.kyoto-u.ac.jp/minds-eu.html

The Kyoto University Digital Library provides thematic exhibitions from the library's rare book collection. Additional materials are available on its Japanese website.

Kobe University Library Digital Archive

URL:http://www.lib.kobe-u.ac.jp/dlib/e-index.html

Kobe University Library Digital Archive is a gateway for its online databases. Whilst some databases are not available in English, the 'Digital Archive Cross Searching' database offers information in English.

Tohoku University Library Digital Collection

URL:http://dbr.library.tohoku.ac.jp/infolib/meta_pub/CsvDefault.exe?DEF_XSL=eng&GRP_ID=G9200001&DB_ID=G9200001CROSS&IS_TYPE=csv&IS_STYLE=eng

The Tohoku University Library Digital Collection is a cross search gateway for the library's digitised collections, all of which include either rare books or historical documents collections. A description of each database is provided on the 'Database list' page.

Database of Japanese Intellectual History

URL:http://www.sal.tohoku.ac.jp/dojih/

The Database of Japanese Intellectual History contains bibliographical information regarding Japanese intellectual history, from antiquity to the present day, published after 1965; data covers widely for example religions and ideologies. The interface can be changed into English by clicking the language link on the left hand side of the screen.

Kotenseki Sogo Database

URL:http://www.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kotenseki/index_en.html

Kotenseki Sogo Database, or the Japanese and Chinese Classics Database, is a digital library from the collection of Waseda University Library; it contains one of the largest collections of Japanese and Chinese Classics in the country. The digitised materials represent the library's collection, which includes works from antiquity to the early modern era; materials range from literary works to historical documents. Bibliographic information and complete digitised images are provided.

Incunabula Collection, Keio University Library

URL:http://project.lib.keio.ac.jp/dg_kul/incunabula_about_en.html

Incunabula Collection, Keio University Library displays 44 items from the library's collection. Several pages of items are provided in high resolution with detailed bibliographic descriptions.

Textbook Collection, Hiroshima University Library

URL:http://rar.lib.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/text/?l=en

The Textbook Collection, Hiroshima University Library is widely recognised as one of the richest Japanese textbook collections in Japan. The digitised collection offers both partial and complete textbooks. With intermediate Japanese knowledge or higher, this collection will offer a clear picture of Japan's pre-WWII era textbooks for primary and secondary education.

Digital Silk Road Project

URL:http://dsr.nii.ac.jp/toyobunko/

The Digital Silk Road Project, a joint project of Toyo Bunko and the National Institute of Informatics, is a project aiming to digitise materials connected to the Silk Road. The materials are from the holdings of Toyo Bunko, and in particular from the Morrison Collection, a large collection focused on Asian studies. It includes expedition records, academic studies, historical records, photographs, and maps. It also provides full-text searching.

Daiber Collection Database: The Arabic Manuscripts in the Daiber Collection, Institute of Oriental Culture, the University of Tokyo

URL:http://ricasdb.ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/daiber/db_index_eng.html

The Daiber Collection Database is a collection of Arabic manuscripts on Islam collected by Professor Hans Daiber. This database offers a description of each manuscript and image. Images of each manuscript can be seen by clicking '画像' next to the number of the manuscript in question.

Digital Library of Classical Chinese Materials, Institute of Oriental Culture, the University of Tokyo

URL:http://shanben.ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/

The Digital Library of Classical Chinese Materials, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo, provides descriptions and digitised images of 4630 rare Classical Chinese works of the institute holdings (as of March 2009). Only the first page of materials is offered in colour.