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Bibliography of Family History and Historical Demography
Bibliographic information on studies in the areas of family history and historical demography in Japan. No Image 8,154 items on family history
1,603 items on historical demography
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Catalogue of pre-1900 Western-language Publications Related to Japan
Digitization of a three-volume, indexed catalogue of pre-1900 published works in Western languages in the Nichibunken collection that contain material about Japan. Catalogue of pre-1900 Western-language Publications Related to Japan 1,057 items
Catalogue of the Research Center for the History of Sino-Japanese Relations
Catalogue information for the former collection of the Sino-Japanese Historical Research Center, divided into “Western-language works,” “Chinese-language works,” “Japanese-language works,” and “Maps.” Catalogue of the Research Center for the History of Sino-Japanese Relations 27,805 items
Chirimen-bon (Crepe-paper Books)
Database of high-resolution images of Chirimen-bon (Japanese folktales written in other languages, printed on Japanese washi paper made for export in the Meiji and Taishō eras), held at Nichibunken. Chirimen-bon (Crepe-paper Books) 77 items
Civil Court Rulings Files
Images of all the texts of the court rulings in civil cases from 1868 to 1890 (Meiji 1 to 23). No Image 549,101 items
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Dainichi Buddha in Emaki Scrolls
Database of the Otake Dainichi Nyorai engi emaki, a series of three emaki scrolls preserved at the Kōtakuji Shōzen’in temple (Yamagata prefecture), the headquarters and training center of the Haguro Shugendō sect, depicting the provenance of the Otake Dainichi Hall at the same temple. Otake is the name of a woman considered to be an incarnation of the Dainichi (Sk. Mahavairocana) Buddha. This database, also including Otake-related resources in the temple’s collection, was created with the full support of Shōzen’in. 150 items
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Early Modern Illustrated Encyclopedias
A database of illustrated encyclopedias published in early modern Japan. Includes Kinmōzui (1666) and other “Kinmōzui”-type encylopedias as well as books with pictorial and diagramed information. Although described as “early modern,” this database covers the period up to and including the early Meiji era. Early Modern Illustrated Encyclopedias 1,484 items
Early Photographs
Hand-colored photographs (with source information) of Japan from the late Edo period and the beginning of the Meiji era in the Nichibunken collection. Early Photographs 5,431 items
Emaki Heiji Monogatari (Tale of Heiji) Scroll Digital Restoration
Digital reproduction of the emaki version of the Heiji monogatari chapter “Rokuhara kassen no maki” (Scroll of the Rokuhara Battle), based on the Tokyo National Museum-owned hakubyō (painting drawn only with ink lines) copy of the Emaki Heiji monogatari. The colors are based on the color coding inscribed on the copy and those used in extant warrior prints (musha-e). Emaki Heiji Monogatari (Tale of Heiji) Scroll Digital Restoration 1 item
Emakimono (Picture Scrolls)
Database of high-resolution digital images of emakimono (picture scrolls) held at Nichibunken. Emakimono (Picture Scrolls) 28 items
Enpon (Ukiyo-e Shunga)
Database of basic bibliographic data and digitized high resolution images of Edo period enpon (erotic ukiyo-e books) in the Nichibunken collection. Enpon (Ukiyo-e Shunga) 837 items
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Folklore Illustrations
High resolution images of all pages of the ezōshi, or illustrated story books from the Edo period, in the Nichibunken collection. Folklore Illustrations 447 items
Folktales of Strange Phenomena and Yōkai (Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits)
Bibliographic information on yōkai and mysterious phenomena reported in folklore studies and other fields research. Folktales of Strange Phenomena and Yōkai (Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits) 35,800 items
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Genji Monogatari (1654 Version) in the Library of Congress Collection
Full image data of the Shōō-ban Genji monogatari, a 1654 version of the illustrated Tale of Genji (texts: 54 volumes, commentaries: 6 volumes) in the collection of the Library of Congress in the United States. Genji Monogatari (1654 Version) in the Library of Congress Collection 60 items
GIS Archaeology
GIS archaeology is a new field of archaeology using GIS (Geographical Information System) software to promote research of spatial information. This database includes information on the Heian-kyō Kyoto ruins, earthquake ruins, and the Saga-Yayoi ruins.(under construction) No Image 4,701 items
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*Haikai
The major haikai collections, including those of Bashō and Buson. This material, collected over many years by Seta Katsuhiro of the Nara National College of Technology, was donated to Nichibunken in support of Japanese studies. No Image 25,652 items
*Heian Jinbutsu Shi (Who’s Who in Old Kyoto)
Images, complete text, and index to the Heian jinbutsu shi who’s who (collection of Nichibunken) published between 1768 and 1867. No Image 927 pages
Heian-Period Chronicles (Old Diaries, Historical Documents)
Database in kundoku (“Japanese” or explanatory reading) of the full texts of diaries and other old records from the middle part of the Heian period. Now available (as of October 2018) are the following:
Shōyūki (diary of Fujiwara no Sanesuke, 16 parts; now available are parts 1-7, which covers the period 977 to 1016, some portions lost);
Gonki (diary of Fujiwara no Yukinari);
Midō Kanpakuki (diary of Fujiwara no Michinaga);
Sakeiki (diary of Minamoto no Tsuneyori. 10 parts; now available are parts 1-4, which covers the period 1009 to 1027, some portions lost);
Shunki (diary of Fujiwara no Sukefusa).
This is scheduled to be followed by parts 8-16 of the Shōyūki and parts 5-10 of the Sakeiki. A digital reproduction of the Saikyūshō, a hand-written copy of the Heian book of rites Saikyūki, which contains numerous fragments of ancient records such as the Daigo tennō gyoki, Rihō ōki, and Kyūreki, is currently available
Heian-Period Chronicles (Old Diaries, Historical Documents) 12,408 items
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Illustrated Record of the Iwakura Embassy 1871-73
The illustrations and the text that refers to them in the Bei-Ō kairan jikki (The Iwakura Embassy), compiled by Kume Kunitake and published in 1878. Illustrated Record of the Iwakura Embassy 1871-73 317 items
Illustrations of Historic Places in Kyoto
Database of digitized high-resolution images of Edo-period and Meiji-era meisho zue illustrated guidebooks of famous places in Kyoto held at Nichibunken. The database has been constructed to help researchers study the lifestyles and customs of old Kyoto through such guidebooks. Illustrations of Historic Places in Kyoto 24 items
Illustrations of Strange Phenomena and Yōkai (Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits)
High-resolution digital images of picture scrolls depicting yōkai monsters in the Nichibunken collection. Illustrations of Strange Phenomena and Yōkai (Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits) 27 items
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Japanese Art Overseas
Contains images of and original source information on works of Japanese art (paintings, woodblock prints, netsuke, ceramics, lacquerware, sculpture, metalwork, etc.) in the collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, the Ferenc Hopp Museum of East Asian Arts in Hungary, as well as other museums in Hungary and the Czech Republic. Japanese Art Overseas 8,673 items
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*Kinsei Kijinden (Prominent Figures of Our Times)
Digitized full text and illustrations of the Kinsei kijinden (parts 1 and 2, published in the 1790s),a collection of biographies of Edo-period figures(artists,poets,etc.).Chinese and kana characters in the old form have been replaced with present-day equivalents. Characters not in the JIS Code have been replaced with JIS Code characters having the same meaning and pronunciation. Kinsei Kijinden (Prominent Figures of Our Times) 97 items
Kojiruien Full Page Search System
To make the Kojiruien more easily and widely available to Japan specialists in and outside Japan, this database has an easy-to-use search function, based on the 51-volume edition of the Kojiruien (bound in Western-book format) published in the Taishō era (1912–1926). No Image 51 items
Kojiruien Full Text
Kojiruien is an exhaustive encyclopedia of Japanese culture of over 67,000 pages and more than 40,000 entries, launched as a national project by the Meiji government and published in the Meiji and Taishō eras. In collaboration with the National Institute of Japanese Literature and other organizations, Nichibunken has converted [been converting] the entire text of the Kojiruien into a database and been making it available in stages to the public. No Image 16,337 pages
Korean Photo Picture Postcards
Picture postcards of Korea published 1900-1940 (collection of Yamamoto Shunsuke, Kyoto; former researcher at the Koryo Museum of Art, Kyoto) are presented in digital format together with publication data and other details. Kinsei Kijinden (Prominent Figures of Our Times) 6,500 items
*Kyoto Festivals and Customs
Paintings on silk by Nakajima Sōyō and explanatory texts by Kyoto scholar Ema Tsutomu from Miyako nenjū gyōji gajō (1928; owned by Nichibunken), a picture album depicting annual festivals and customs of Kyoto. Kyoto Festivals and Customs 103 items
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Letters Addressed to Inoue Tetsujirō
Database containing letters addressed to philosopher Inoue Tetsujirō (1856-1944) from prominent figures in academia and other members of intellectual elite over the six decades from 1882 to 1941. Letters Addressed to Inoue Tetsujirō 140 items
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Maps drawn by Mori Kōan
This database collects maps drawn by Mori Kōan, a draftsman and map-maker active in the mid-Edo period. It allows viewing of some of the images published in the Zōho kaitei Mori Kōan no egaita chizu (Maps Drawn by Mori Kōan), published in the Nichibunken Japanese Studies Series (No. 54). Maps drawn by Mori Kōan 383 items
Medieval Zen Texts
The purpose of this database is to make available to the public complete digitalized text for Zen-related works of the medieval era. Currently it provides the full text of the priest Gidō Shūshin’s (1325–1388) Kūge rōshi nichiyō kufū ryakushū, a work in the Nichibunken collection consisting of excerpts from Gidō’s diary covering the period 64 years from his birth to death. The database will gradually be expanded mainly with quotations and poetry collections that have not been transcribed and published. No Image 1,290 items
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Namazu-e Collection
Collections of namazu-e (catfish prints) owned by Nichibunken. Namazu-e are color prints depicting the myth of giant catfish living underground as the cause of earthquakes. Namazu-e Collection 87 items
Nara Ehon in the Library of Congress Collection
Images of the Nara ehon (“Nara picture books”) in the Library of Congress Collection in the United States, along with commentaries. Nara Ehon in the Library of Congress Collection 4 items
Nichibunken Map Collection
Images of old maps in the Nichibunken collection —mainly urban maps made in early modern Japan— are available in digital form. Nichibunken Map Collection 979 items
Noma Archives (Rare European Medical Books)
Database of the Noma Collection, including sixteenth-century books on human anatomy, donated to Nichibunken by the Noma Research Archives for Science and Medicine (closed in 2003). Noma Archives (Rare European Medical Books) 73 items
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Old Maps of Nagasaki
Nichibunken’s database of 221 color photographs from among the old Nagasaki maps in the collection of the Nagasaki Municipal Museum, as well as a database of relevant information from the Nagasaki Shiritsu Hakubutsukan shiryō mokuroku: Tosho, chizu, shashin shiryō hen, (Catalogue of Materials in the Nagasaki Municipal Museum: Books, Maps, and Photographs), edited by the Museum. Old Maps of Nagasaki 141 items
Overseas Images of Japan
Nichibunken’s collection of photographs, illustrations, and other images (with source information) extracted from Japan-related publications from around the world. Overseas Images of Japan 56,913 items
Overseas Japanese-language Newspapers
Two newspapers are now available—Burajiru jihō, published in São Paulo between 1917 and 1952 and Nichi Bei (The Japanese American News) published in San Francisco between 1919 and 1932. These are to be followed by digitalization of other newspapers published in other countries in North and South America and Hawaii. Overseas Japanese-language Newspapers 8,277 items
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Paintings of Strange Phenomena and Yōkai (Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits)
Database of images of a wide variety of strange phenomena and yōkai depicted in paintings. Paintings of Strange Phenomena and Yōkai (Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits) 3,767 items
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Rare Books and Maps on Japan in European Languages
Images of all pages of the rare books in Nichibunken’s collection, primarily books in foreign languages published before the opening of the country in the 1850s. The database also contains the text data of these works including bibliographic information, tables of contents, and the captions of illustrations. Rare Books and Maps on Japan in European Languages 241 items
*Renga
Contains all renga collections composed before the Eiroku era (up until the death of renga poet Sōyō in 1563) and the major works composed from the Eiroku era until the Bakumatsu period. This material, collected over many years by Professor Seta Katsuhiro of the Nara National College of Technology, has been donated to Nichibunken in support of Japanese studies. No Image 197,228 items
Renga Association Examples
Database of renga-associated vocabulary, created by extracting, from the verses recorded in Nichibunken’s renga database, the lexical patterns that appear in the preceding stanza (maeku) and the linking stanza (tsukeku) that is added to it. Users of this database can search these lexical patterns either using the maeku/tsukeku or verse collection title. The database is linked a digitized version of “Rensō goi yōrei jiten” (Dictionary of Usage of Associated Vocabulary) included in Yamada Shōji and Iwai Shigeki, eds., Renga no hassō rensō goi yōrei jiten to sono nettowāku kaiseki,the Nichibunken Japanese Studies Series (No. 38) No Image -
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Sōda Archives: Pictorial and Miscellaneous Materials
Mainly illustrations from the Sōda Archives of books and illustrations relating to histories of medicine and pharmacy collected by the late Sōda Hajime (1921-1996), an authority on the history of medicine. Sōda Archives: Pictorial and Miscellaneous Materials 1,104 items
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*Tanzaku, or Poems by Noteworthy Kyoto Personages
Images of rectangular poem cards (tanzaku) with verses brushed by the figures who appear in the Heian jinbutsu shi (held at Nichibunken), text versions of the verses and source data. Tanzaku, or Poems by Noteworthy Kyoto Personages 947 items
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Ukiyo-e Geijutsu
This database of Ukiyo-e geijutsu, the journal of the International Ukiyo-e Society (formerly the Japan Ukiyo-e Society), has been constructed for ukiyo-e specialists and art lovers around the world. It was produced through collaboration between the Society and Nichibunken.
In accordance with an agreement between Nichibunken and the International Ukiyo-e Society, the database displays back issues with a three-year moving wall.
Ukiyo-e Geijutsu 170 items
Ukiyo-e in the Library of Congress Collection
Images of ukiyo-e prints in the Library of Congress Collection in the United States, along with commentaries on the prints. Ukiyo-e in the Library of Congress Collection 2,741 items
Ukiyo-e Prints of Miracles of Kannon
A series of ukiyo-e prints depicting Kannon pilgrimage sites around the country were produced about 160 years ago and became popular. This database presents the vivid images from that series while at the same time transcribing the text that accompanies the images. This database also contains commentaries on each of pilgrimage sites, costumes worn by pilgrims, and the like. Ukiyo-e Prints of Miracles of Kannon 100 items
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*Waka
Contains all twenty-one imperial anthologies, including Man'yōshū, and major private waka collections such as Fuboku wakashū. This material, collected by Seta Katsuhiro over many years, was donated to Nichibunken in support of Japanese studies. No Image 190,423 items

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Kigo Keyword Search
This database, which contains more than 35,000 kigo (seasonal words) entries, has been developed as a search tool for Nichibunken’s waka, renga, and haikai databases. It can be used separately to search for kigo words. No Image 35,811 items
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Nichibunken Database Cross Reference Search
This search engine is designed for cross reference search of all Nichibunken’s Web pages, and is able to search and retrieve applicable data simultaneously. At the present stage this information retrieval system is valid only for Nichibunken Web pages; in the near future the cross reference system will expand through linkage to the sites of other institutions. No Image -
Nichibunken Library
Bibliographic information on books and periodicals from around the world, held at Nichibunken, providing an almost complete picture of written materials and images in the Nichibunken collection. No Image Books and Magazines 340,853
Total Holdings 600,770
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Overseas Japanese Studies Institutions
Information on Japanese studies institutions around the world. Overseas Japanese Studies Institutions 1,655 items
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*Time-Oriented Information System
Nichibunken has developed a system for searching and retrieving information on maps and historical figures on a chronological axis. The database may be accessed from the Internet. No Image -
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*Z39.50
Z39.50 is an international standard for communication between inter-linked library systems. Nichibunken’s Z39.50 is an enlarged version that not only searches bibliographic data but provides access to all the databases of the Nichibunken website. No Image -

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Western Books on Japan
Catalogue of pre-1900 Western-language Publications Related to Japan
Digitization of a three-volume, indexed catalogue of pre-1900 published works in Western languages in the Nichibunken collection that contain material about Japan. Catalogue of pre-1900 Western-language Publications Related to Japan 1,057 items
Chirimen-bon (Crepe-paper Books)
Database of high-resolution images of Chirimen-bon (Japanese folktales written in other languages, printed on Japanese washi paper made for export in the Meiji and Taishō eras), held at Nichibunken. Chirimen-bon (Crepe-paper Books) 77 items
Rare Books and Maps on Japan in European Languages
Images of all pages of the rare books in Nichibunken’s collection, primarily books in foreign languages published before the opening of the country in the 1850s. The database also contains the text data of these works including bibliographic information, tables of contents, and the captions of illustrations. Rare Books and Maps on Japan in European Languages 241 items
Overseas Images of Japan, Early Photographs
Early Photographs
Hand-colored photographs (with source information) of Japan from the late Edo period and the beginning of the Meiji era in the Nichibunken collection. Early Photographs 5,431 items
Overseas Images of Japan
Nichibunken’s collection of photographs, illustrations, and other images (with source information) extracted from Japan-related publications from around the world. Overseas Images of Japan 56,913 items
Strange Phenomena and Yōkai(Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits)Related Materials
Folktales of Strange Phenomena and Yōkai (Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits)
Bibliographic information on yōkai and mysterious phenomena reported in folklore studies and other fields research. Folktales of Strange Phenomena and Yōkai (Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits) 35,800 items
Illustrations of Strange Phenomena and Yōkai (Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits)
High-resolution digital images of picture scrolls depicting yōkai monsters in the Nichibunken collection. Illustrations of Strange Phenomena and Yōkai (Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits) 27 items
Namazu-e Collection
Collections of namazu-e (catfish prints) owned by Nichibunken. Namazu-e are color prints depicting the myth of giant catfish living underground as the cause of earthquakes. Namazu-e Collection 87 items
Paintings of Strange Phenomena and Yōkai (Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits)
Database of images of a wide variety of strange phenomena and yōkai depicted in paintings. Paintings of Strange Phenomena and Yōkai (Ghosts, Monsters, Spirits) 3,767 items
Ukiyo-e, Emakimono, Art
Dainichi Buddha in Emaki Scrolls
Database of the Otake Dainichi Nyorai engi emaki, a series of three emaki scrolls preserved at the Kōtakuji Shōzen’in temple (Yamagata prefecture), the headquarters and training center of the Haguro Shugendō sect, depicting the provenance of the Otake Dainichi Hall at the same temple. Otake is the name of a woman considered to be an incarnation of the Dainichi (Sk. Mahavairocana) Buddha. This database, also including Otake-related resources in the temple’s collection, was created with the full support of Shōzen’in. 150 items
Emaki Heiji Monogatari (Tale of Heiji) Scroll Digital Restoration
Digital reproduction of the emaki version of the Heiji monogatari chapter “Rokuhara kassen no maki” (Scroll of the Rokuhara Battle), based on the Tokyo National Museum-owned hakubyō (painting drawn only with ink lines) copy of the Emaki Heiji monogatari. The colors are based on the color coding inscribed on the copy and those used in extant warrior prints (musha-e). Emaki Heiji Monogatari (Tale of Heiji) Scroll Digital Restoration 1 item
Emakimono (Picture Scrolls)
Database of high-resolution digital images of emakimono (picture scrolls) held at Nichibunken. Emakimono (Picture Scrolls) 28 items
Enpon (Ukiyo-e Shunga)
Database of basic bibliographic data and digitized high resolution images of Edo period enpon (erotic ukiyo-e books) in the Nichibunken collection. Enpon (Ukiyo-e Shunga) 837 items
Genji Monogatari (1654 Version) in the Library of Congress Collection
Full image data of the Shōō-ban Genji monogatari, a 1654 version of the illustrated Tale of Genji (texts: 54 volumes, commentaries: 6 volumes) in the collection of the Library of Congress in the United States. Genji Monogatari (1654 Version) in the Library of Congress Collection 60 items
Japanese Art Overseas
Contains images of and original source information on works of Japanese art (paintings, woodblock prints, netsuke, ceramics, lacquerware, sculpture, metalwork, etc.) in the collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, the Ferenc Hopp Museum of East Asian Arts in Hungary, as well as other museums in Hungary and the Czech Republic. Japanese Art Overseas 8,673 items
Nara Ehon in the Library of Congress Collection
Images of the Nara ehon (“Nara picture books”) in the Library of Congress Collection in the United States, along with commentaries. Nara Ehon in the Library of Congress Collection 4 items
Ukiyo-e Geijutsu
This database of Ukiyo-e geijutsu, the journal of the International Ukiyo-e Society (formerly the Japan Ukiyo-e Society), has been constructed for ukiyo-e specialists and art lovers around the world. It was produced through collaboration between the Society and Nichibunken.
In accordance with an agreement between Nichibunken and the International Ukiyo-e Society, the database displays back issues with a three-year moving wall.
Ukiyo-e Geijutsu 170 items
Ukiyo-e in the Library of Congress Collection
Images of ukiyo-e prints in the Library of Congress Collection in the United States, along with commentaries on the prints. Ukiyo-e in the Library of Congress Collection 2,741 items
Pictorial and Biographical Works
Early Modern Illustrated Encyclopedias
A database of illustrated encyclopedias published in early modern Japan. Includes Kinmōzui (1666) and other “Kinmōzui”-type encylopedias as well as books with pictorial and diagramed information. Although described as “early modern,” this database covers the period up to and including the early Meiji era. Early Modern Illustrated Encyclopedias 1,484 items
Folklore Illustrations
High resolution images of all pages of the ezōshi, or illustrated story books from the Edo period, in the Nichibunken collection. Folklore Illustrations 447 items
*Heian Jinbutsu Shi (Who’s Who in Old Kyoto)
Images, complete text, and index to the Heian jinbutsu shi who’s who (collection of Nichibunken) published between 1768 and 1867. No Image 927 pages
Illustrations of Historic Places in Kyoto
Database of digitized high-resolution images of Edo-period and Meiji-era meisho zue illustrated guidebooks of famous places in Kyoto held at Nichibunken. The database has been constructed to help researchers study the lifestyles and customs of old Kyoto through such guidebooks. Illustrations of Historic Places in Kyoto 24 items
*Kyoto Festivals and Customs
Paintings on silk by Nakajima Sōyō and explanatory texts by Kyoto scholar Ema Tsutomu from Miyako nenjū gyōji gajō (1928; owned by Nichibunken), a picture album depicting annual festivals and customs of Kyoto. Kyoto Festivals and Customs 103 items
*Tanzaku, or Poems by Noteworthy Kyoto Personages
Images of rectangular poem cards (tanzaku) with verses brushed by the figures who appear in the Heian jinbutsu shi (held at Nichibunken), text versions of the verses and source data. Tanzaku, or Poems by Noteworthy Kyoto Personages 947 items
Ukiyo-e Prints of Miracles of Kannon
A series of ukiyo-e prints depicting Kannon pilgrimage sites around the country were produced about 160 years ago and became popular. This database presents the vivid images from that series while at the same time transcribing the text that accompanies the images. This database also contains commentaries on each of pilgrimage sites, costumes worn by pilgrims, and the like. Ukiyo-e Prints of Miracles of Kannon 100 items
Maps, GIS
GIS Archaeology
GIS archaeology is a new field of archaeology using GIS (Geographical Information System) software to promote research of spatial information. This database includes information on the Heian-kyō Kyoto ruins, earthquake ruins, and the Saga-Yayoi ruins.(under construction) No Image 4,701 items
Maps drawn by Mori Kōan
This database collects maps drawn by Mori Kōan, a draftsman and map-maker active in the mid-Edo period. It allows viewing of some of the images published in the Zōho kaitei Mori Kōan no egaita chizu (Maps Drawn by Mori Kōan), published in the Nichibunken Japanese Studies Series (No. 54). Maps drawn by Mori Kōan 383 items
Nichibunken Map Collection
Images of old maps in the Nichibunken collection —mainly urban maps made in early modern Japan— are available in digital form. Nichibunken Map Collection 979 items
Old Maps of Nagasaki
Nichibunken’s database of 221 color photographs from among the old Nagasaki maps in the collection of the Nagasaki Municipal Museum, as well as a database of relevant information from the Nagasaki Shiritsu Hakubutsukan shiryō mokuroku: Tosho, chizu, shashin shiryō hen, (Catalogue of Materials in the Nagasaki Municipal Museum: Books, Maps, and Photographs), edited by the Museum. Old Maps of Nagasaki 141 items
Kojiruien
Kojiruien Full Page Search System
To make the Kojiruien more easily and widely available to Japan specialists in and outside Japan, this database has an easy-to-use search function, based on the 51-volume edition of the Kojiruien (bound in Western-book format) published in the Taishō era (1912–1926). No Image 51 items
Kojiruien Full Text
Kojiruien is an exhaustive encyclopedia of Japanese culture of over 67,000 pages and more than 40,000 entries, launched as a national project by the Meiji government and published in the Meiji and Taishō eras. In collaboration with the National Institute of Japanese Literature and other organizations, Nichibunken has converted [been converting] the entire text of the Kojiruien into a database and been making it available in stages to the public. No Image 16,337 pages
Records and Accounts
Civil Court Rulings Files
Images of all the texts of the court rulings in civil cases from 1868 to 1890 (Meiji 1 to 23). No Image 549,101 items
Heian-Period Chronicles (Old Diaries, Historical Documents)
Database in kundoku (“Japanese” or explanatory reading) of the full texts of diaries and other old records from the middle part of the Heian period. Now available (as of October 2018) are the following:
Shōyūki (diary of Fujiwara no Sanesuke, 16 parts; now available are parts 1-7, which covers the period 977 to 1016, some portions lost);
Gonki (diary of Fujiwara no Yukinari);
Midō Kanpakuki (diary of Fujiwara no Michinaga);
Sakeiki (diary of Minamoto no Tsuneyori. 10 parts; now available are parts 1-4, which covers the period 1009 to 1027, some portions lost);
Shunki (diary of Fujiwara no Sukefusa).
This is scheduled to be followed by parts 8-16 of the Shōyūki and parts 5-10 of the Sakeiki. A digital reproduction of the Saikyūshō, a hand-written copy of the Heian book of rites Saikyūki, which contains numerous fragments of ancient records such as the Daigo tennō gyoki, Rihō ōki, and Kyūreki, is currently available.
Heian-Period Chronicles (Old Diaries, Historical Documents) 12,408 items
Illustrated Record of the Iwakura Embassy 1871-73
The illustrations and the text that refers to them in the Bei-Ō kairan jikki (The Iwakura Embassy), compiled by Kume Kunitake and published in 1878. Illustrated Record of the Iwakura Embassy 1871-73 317 items
*Kinsei Kijinden (Prominent Figures of Our Times)
Digitized full text and illustrations of the Kinsei kijinden (parts 1 and 2, published in the 1790s),a collection of biographies of Edo-period figures(artists,poets,etc.).Chinese and kana characters in the old form have been replaced with present-day equivalents. Characters not in the JIS Code have been replaced with JIS Code characters having the same meaning and pronunciation. Kinsei Kijinden (Prominent Figures of Our Times) 97 items
Korean Photo Picture Postcards
Picture postcards of Korea published 1900-1940 (collection of Yamamoto Shunsuke, Kyoto; former researcher at the Koryo Museum of Art, Kyoto) are presented in digital format together with publication data and other details. Kinsei Kijinden (Prominent Figures of Our Times) 6,500 items
Letters Addressed to Inoue Tetsujirō
Database containing letters addressed to philosopher Inoue Tetsujirō (1856-1944) from prominent figures in academia and other members of intellectual elite over the six decades from 1882 to 1941. Letters Addressed to Inoue Tetsujirō 140 items
Medieval Zen Texts
The purpose of this database is to make available to the public complete digitalized text for Zen-related works of the medieval era. Currently it provides the full text of the priest Gidō Shūshin’s (1325–1388) Kūge rōshi nichiyō kufū ryakushū, a work in the Nichibunken collection consisting of excerpts from Gidō’s diary covering the period 64 years from his birth to death. The database will gradually be expanded mainly with quotations and poetry collections that have not been transcribed and published. No Image 1,290 items
Overseas Japanese-language Newspapers
Two newspapers are now available—Burajiru jihō, published in São Paulo between 1917 and 1952 and Nichi Bei (The Japanese American News) published in San Francisco between 1919 and 1932. These are to be followed by digitalization of other newspapers published in other countries in North and South America and Hawaii. Overseas Japanese-language Newspapers 8,277 items
Waka, Renga, Haikai
*Haikai
The major haikai collections, including those of Bashō and Buson. This material, collected over many years by Seta Katsuhiro of the Nara National College of Technology, was donated to Nichibunken in support of Japanese studies. No Image 25,652 items
*Renga
Contains all renga collections composed before the Eiroku era (up until the death of renga poet Sōyō in 1563) and the major works composed from the Eiroku era until the Bakumatsu period. This material, collected over many years by Professor Seta Katsuhiro of the Nara National College of Technology, has been donated to Nichibunken in support of Japanese studies. No Image 197,228 items
Renga Association Examples
Database of renga-associated vocabulary, created by extracting, from the verses recorded in Nichibunken’s renga database, the lexical patterns that appear in the preceding stanza (maeku) and the linking stanza (tsukeku) that is added to it. Users of this database can search these lexical patterns either using the maeku/tsukeku or verse collection title. The database is linked a digitized version of “Rensō goi yōrei jiten” (Dictionary of Usage of Associated Vocabulary) included in Yamada Shōji and Iwai Shigeki, eds., Renga no hassō rensō goi yōrei jiten to sono nettowāku kaiseki,the Nichibunken Japanese Studies Series (No. 38) No Image -
*Waka
Contains all twenty-one imperial anthologies, including Man'yōshū, and major private waka collections such as Fuboku wakashū. This material, collected by Seta Katsuhiro over many years, was donated to Nichibunken in support of Japanese studies. No Image 190,423 items
Bibliographic Databases
Bibliography of Family History and Historical Demography
Bibliographic information on studies in the areas of family history and historical demography in Japan. No Image 8,154 items on family history
1,603 items on historical demography
Catalogue of the Research Center for the History of Sino-Japanese Relations
Catalogue information for the former collection of the Sino-Japanese Historical Research Center, divided into “Western-language works,” “Chinese-language works,” “Japanese-language works,” and “Maps.” Catalogue of the Research Center for the History of Sino-Japanese Relations 27,805 items
Medical History-related Materials
Noma Archives (Rare European Medical Books)
Database of the Noma Collection, including sixteenth-century books on human anatomy, donated to Nichibunken by the Noma Research Archives for Science and Medicine (closed in 2003). Noma Archives (Rare European Medical Books) 73 items
Sōda Archives: Pictorial and Miscellaneous Materials
Mainly illustrations from the Sōda Archives of books and illustrations relating to histories of medicine and pharmacy collected by the late Sōda Hajime (1921-1996), an authority on the history of medicine. Sōda Archives: Pictorial and Miscellaneous Materials 1,104 items

Other Search Engines / Databases

Kigo Keyword Search
This database, which contains more than 35,000 kigo (seasonal words) entries, has been developed as a search tool for Nichibunken’s waka, renga, and haikai databases. It can be used separately to search for kigo words. No Image 35,811 items
Nichibunken Database Cross Reference Search
This search engine is designed for cross reference search of all Nichibunken’s Web pages, and is able to search and retrieve applicable data simultaneously. At the present stage this information retrieval system is valid only for Nichibunken Web pages; in the near future the cross reference system will expand through linkage to the sites of other institutions. No Image -
Nichibunken Library
Bibliographic information on books and periodicals from around the world, held at Nichibunken, providing an almost complete picture of written materials and images in the Nichibunken collection. No Image Books and Magazines 340,853
Total Holdings 600,770
Overseas Japanese Studies Institutions
Information on Japanese studies institutions around the world. Overseas Japanese Studies Institutions 1,655 items
*Time-Oriented Information System
Nichibunken has developed a system for searching and retrieving information on maps and historical figures on a chronological axis. The database may be accessed from the Internet. No Image -
*Z39.50
Z39.50 is an international standard for communication between inter-linked library systems. Nichibunken’s Z39.50 is an enlarged version that not only searches bibliographic data but provides access to all the databases of the Nichibunken website. No Image -