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Open EventDate:2024.05.14 (Tue) The 350th Nichibunken Forum

Fluctuations of Realms and Modernization Memory in Postwar Japan – The Case of the Meiji Centennial (1968) as a Media Event

For ResearchersDate:2024.05.23 (Thu) The 279th Nichibunken Thursday Seminar

Across Boundaries: A Comprehensive Exploration of KIRINO Natsuo's Novels

国際日本文化研究センター - International Research Center for Japanese Studies

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), founded in 1987, pursues international, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive research on Japanese culture.
Research themes are established from an international perspective, enlisting the participation of numerous scholars from Japan and abroad. Interdisciplinary team research is the Center's fundamental mode of scholarship.

Nichibunken's faculty includes scholars specializing in many different fields. Active research activities are underway at the Center, supported by visiting research scholars and fellows from around the world and other researchers.

Endeavors by Nichibunken- HIGHLIGHTS

Special page for events and exhibitions

  • Online Museum: "Maternal Health and Images of the Body in Japanese Ukiyo-e"

    How was childbirth portrayed in ukiyo-e? We have generated an "online museum" based on the current exhibition at the University of California, San Francisco Library.

  • Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Iwakura Mission (1871-1873)

    Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Iwakura Mission (1871-1873)

    Nichibunken and the Kyoto International Manga Museum created manga versions of the Iwakura Mission’s principal figures to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

  • Special page for Nichibunken Open Day (Academic year 2023)

    Visitors can enjoy videos and online exhibitions of resources curated under the theme “Nichibunken from an Asian Viewpoint (アジアの中の日文研)”.

  • 「縮小社会のエビデンスとメッセージ」展

    Evidence and Messages from a Shrinking Society: Population and Economy / Healthcare and Social Welfare / Education and Culture / Local and International / and Manga

    This special exhibition was held at the Kyoto International Manga Museum to broadly question the theme of the team research project "Cultural Creativity in a Shrinking Society".

  • Emaki as Manga” Project: A Study on Reading Picture Scrolls “Emaki” in a Manga Format

    Replacing picture scrolls “Emaki” with Manga format. This Nichibunken project pursues a completely new way of reading traditional Japanese picture scrolls. Seems like it could be, but it wasn't!

  • Akashi Hiroakira and Shimadzu Genzō: Trailblazers of Modern Science and Technology in Kyoto

    Featuring abundant resources archived at Nichibunken, Kanda University of International Studies, and Shimadzu Foundation Memorial Hall, this online exhibition explores the unique endeavors through which Akashi and Shimadzu contributed to science and technology education in Kyoto.


Nichibunken makes publicly available databases that feature Japanese studies materials from the Center’s collection, faculty research results, and externally archived texts and images.

図書館- Library

The Nichibunken Library is known for its distinctive round reading room. Scholars and students from both Japan and abroad use this facility for its broad collection of resources for studying Japan.
The library puts particular effort into collecting Japanese studies books, documents, and materials in other languages.

Official Nichibunken YouTube channel

As a research institution open to the public and in order to assure that the Center’s achievements benefit society, Nichibunken shares the results of lectures, symposiums, and other research activities via its official YouTube channel.

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Call for Papers 2024.04.22 Submission Guidelines for Japan Review
Job Opportunities 2024.04.01 Visiting Research Scholar 2026 - 2027
Call for Papers 2023.12.27 Submission Guidelines for Nihon kenkyū No. 70 (Deadline for Submissions : 15 April 2024)
Graduate Education 2023.11.07 Invitations for Special Inter-Institutional Research Fellows
Call for Papers 2023.07.03 Submission Guidelines for Japan Review
Graduate Education 2023.05.22 Invitation to The Japanese Studies Program
Graduate Education 2022.11.11 Admission for Research Students
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