At Nichibunken, books on Japanese studies written in foreign
languages and translated works are called "Gaisho (Japanese studies and related books in
foreign languages)" We are building a comprehensive collection of such works.
The Noma Research Archives for Science and Medicine (closed in 2003)
donated its library to Nichibunken, where it is made available for patrons to use as the
"Noma Collection." The collection includes a large number of classical texts on Western
medicine, such as sixteenth-century anatomical texts.
Sōda Hajime, a distinguished scholar of Japanese medical history and
pharmacology, donated his library to Nichibunken, where it is made available for patrons
to use as the "Sōda Collection." It is highly regarded for its books of critical
importance for studies of the cultural history of Japanese medicine, as well as its
visual sources such as woodblock prints and old maps.
Hiroshige Tetsu Collection
Hiroshige Tetsu was a professor in Nihon University's Department of
Science and Technology who made great strides in the study of the history of physics and
modern science. He donated his library to Nichibunken, where it is made available for
patrons to use.
Takahashi Masashi Collection
Takahashi Masashi, Professor Emeritus of Dōshisha University, was a
priest and a renowned biblical scholar. His extensive collection of roughly 5200 volumes
of materials and literature on Showa-period Christianity includes Japanese-language
translations of the Bible and materials related to biblical studies and the history of
the Protestant Church in Japan. The collection was donated by his son Takahashi Yū.
A collection of roughly 10,500 volumes that belonged to Hazama
Hiroshi, Professor Emeritus of Waseda University, a distinguished scholar in the fields
of Japanese labor management history and Japanese management theory. Focusing on books
and materials related to labor, the collection is divided into: general works; sources
on pre-war labor; magazines, newspapers, and yearbooks; special materials such as
concise descriptions of factories and advice for employees; and foreign books.
Okazaki Ayaaki, Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University, was a landscape designer and
forestry expert. His collection consists of roughly 800 books and 70,000 photographs
related to gardens.
A collection of roughly 3000 books on archaeology donated by Akazawa Takeru, who was a
professor at Nichibunken from 1997 to 2003.
A collection of roughly 3400 volumes on old maps that formerly belonged to Professor
Emeritus Unno Kazutaka of Osaka University, a respected scholar of the history of
Nichibunken Professor Emeritus Yamada Keiji, an expert on the history of science in East
Asia, donated 100 Japanese books on calendrical calculation from his collection.
A collection of 549 reels and 4196 sheets of microfiche from the archives of Jilin
Province. In addition to Jilin Province, the collection also includes material centering
on the former state of Manchukuo such as rosters of government officials, police
reports, books of statutes, and statistics.
Fundamental Sources of Folklore Studies
Nichibunken collects folklore materials with the goal of preserving these sources, which
are difficult for most public libraries and universities to manage. The core of the
collections, which consists of about 470 volumes, includes pre-Tokugawa works of
classical literature, temple and shrine gazetteers, and local histories.
Amanuma Shun'ichi Collection
Some 118 Korea-related maps and other materials from the pre-1945
period previously owned by architectural historian and professor of Kyoto University
Amanuma Shun'ichi Collection.
Japan-Korea Cultural Foundation Collection
Some 1,600 items, mainly books and documents relating to Korea, the Korean peninsula and
Japan-Korea relations, formerly in the Japan-Korea Cultural Foundation Library, which
was closed in 2011.
Some 200 volumes of documents from the collection of Seiza-sha, organized to make widely
known the so-called Okada method of quiet sitting. They include the issues of the
journal Seiza, published by the organization, and other Seiza-sha related materials as
well as books and other documents on the history of modern Buddhism.
"Seiza-sha Collection" (Collection Guide)
Documents and books on late-modern history of Japan and various
countries of Asia collected by scholar of late-modern Japanese history and environmental
studies Okabe Makio. The collection consists of about 3,800 items mainly on the history
of the Shōwa era and relating to Japan's colonies.
Books, play scripts and other documents related to kabuki and bunraku collected since
the 1920s by traditional theater history and kabuki critic Fujii Yasuo (1923-2014).
Along with many not-for-sale books and private publications available only to limited
people, the some 2,500 items in the collection include play scripts from National
Theatre from its opening in 1966 until 2009.