Searching for Books
An online catalog of the 24,000 member libraries of OCLC. WorldCat includes over 49 million titles, including books, serials, musical scores and recordings, and maps; it also contains the majority of Waseda University's holdings.
National Diet Library NDL-OPAC
The National Diet Library NDL-OPAC enables searching the Library's holdings including books (Japanese & foreign), periodicals ( Japanese & foreign), electronic resources, Japanese & Chinese old materials, doctoral dissertations, maps, and audiovisual materiasl, and Ashihara Colletion. Other links include the Zasshi kiji sakuin.
NDL Kindai Digital Library
This brand-new online tool allows users to access full-text versions of over 30,000 Meiji period books. While it falls short of representing the entire Meiji microfilm collection, more titles are sure to follow.
A union catalog of 670 academic libraries in Japan, maintained by the National Institute for Informatics (NII). Webcat contains almost 42 million titles. However, this database does not reflect the entirety of members' holdings.
Online "Japanese books in-print," accessible Japanese books currently available from publishers, maintained by the Japan Book Publishers Association.
Waseda University Scholarly Information Network System (WINE)
WINE is the Waseda University Library database. Although it contains 2,9 million records, WINE does not reflect the library's complete holdings.
Early Japanese Books (Kotenseki)
Nihon Kotenseki Sogo Mokuroku
A database of pre-Meiji materials maintained by the National Institute of Japanese Literature (Kokubungaku Kenkyu Shiryokan).
This database, “New KOKUSHO SO MOKUROKU” is union catalogue of early Japanese books. (but also including Chinese classics and books of the Meiji period); can provide authoritative information of Japanese classical literary works and its authors. It also provide bibliographic information of early Japanese books, and their holding librariest.
Index of Classical Works - Translations, Studies, and E-books
Individually maintained by a professor at Meiji Gakuin, this website contains an exhaustive list of classical Japanese texts, along with related translations (mostly English, some French and German) and studies.
Murasakishikibu (Super Genji)
A search engine for old and out-of-print books (in Japanese). Users can purchase books directly through the website.
Searching for Journal Articles
Maintained by Nichigai Associates, this database includes citations from over 16,000 Japanese-language journals, periodicals, annual reports, general papers, and symposia, dating from 1945. The Periodicals Index (Zasshi kiji sakuin) contains articles dating from 1975.
GeNii is the NII's academic content portal, providing services related to provision of academic paper information, book information, etc. In addition to providing these individual services, GeNii connects the services together. Component parts are: CiNii (citation information by NII), Webcat Plus, KAKEN, NII-DBR (Academic research database repository).
Zasshi Kiji Sakuin (at National Diet Library)
Mantained by the National Diet Library (Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan)
Zasshi Kiji Sakuin is also included in MagazinePlus and GeNii/CiNii.
Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)
An index of Western-language books and articles (in journals and edited volumes) on Asian Studies, maintained by the Association for Asian Studies. The BAS contains over 520,000 records of materials published since 1971.
Full-text articles from more than 120 scholarly journals, excluding those published within the last five years. Japan-related journals include Monumenta Nipponica, the Journal of Asian Studies, the Journal of Japanese Studies, and the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies.
Full-text articles from over 100 scholarly journals from 1999/2000 to the present. Includes a few Japan-related journals, including positions: east asia cultures critique, the Asian Theatre Journal, and Asian Perspectives.
Kokubungaku Ronbun Mokuroku Database
Periodical article index to Kokubungaku Nenkan. Provides citations to journal articles and books with subjects related to Japanese literature.
Searchable indexes for Koseisha's print collections of Meiji, Taisho, Showa Zasshi Kiji Sakuin Shusei and the Nihon Jinbutsu Joho Taikei.
Toyogaku bunken ruimoku kensaku
Provided by Kyoto Daigaku Jinbun Kagaku Kenkyujo Fuzoku Kanji Joho Kenkyu Senta. Citations for articles and books on South, Southeast, Central and East Asia since 1981.
Biographical information about more than 420,000 Japanese (some non-Japanese) since 1868 with 2,300,000 bibliographical references.
Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan Online
An update of the 1993 Japan: an illustrated encyclopedia, the online Kodansha contains over 12,000 entries. However, this number falls far short of the original nine-volume Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan.
Netto de Hyakka
An online version of Heibonsha's World Encyclopedia (Sekai daihyakka jiten), this website includes 83,000 entries, 10,000 illustrations, and 6,000 tables and charts.
A collection of non-copyright-protected Japanese literary works, available for download in several file formats.
National Institute of Japanese Literature full-text Database
This database contains the full text of approximately 600 works from Iwanami's Nihon Koten Bungaku Taikei. Requires registration.
Maintained by the library at RyuKyu University, this server provides links to other Japanese universities with electronic resources.
Japanese Text Initiative (Universities of Virginia/Pittsburgh)
This website contains full-text versions of several works of classical Japanese literature, including the Manyoshu, Genji Monogatari, etc.
Maintained by the Nara Cultural Properties Research Institute (Nara Bunkazai kenkyujo), this website is a full-text database of over 30,000 mokkan (wooden tablets) dating to the Nara and Heian periods. The database also provides relevant archaeological informaton, i.e., where and when the item was unearthed.
Tohoku University, Kano Bunko
This database contains about 3,500 images from 200 titles, and reflects the personal collection of Kano Kokichi, a Meiji period academic.
An image data of national treasures, important cultural assets, and other digitized materials, maintained by Kyoto University.
National Diet Library
The National Diet Library's online database of images from rare books and nishiki-e.
Tsukuba University's online listing of images from the library rare book collection, along with nishiki-e.
Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum
A nishiki-e database and search engine maintained by the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum at Waseda University.
Old Photographs of Bakumatsu Meiji
A collection of about 5,400 photographs from the Bakumatsu and Meiji periods (1860-1899) maintained by Nagasaki University.
The largest digital image database in Japan, the Mainichi PhotoBank contains over 120,000 photographs from the prewar era, and over 200,000 photographs since 1998.
Yomiuri Photo Database
This photographic database contains Yomiuri Shimbun photographs from the 1950s to the present. Since this is a relatively new electronic resource, look for more material to be added in the future.