Japanese special collections catalogued in the Finna search service

The National Library of Finland has two Japanese special collections. In addition, the library’s basic collections also have Japanese books or books in Japanese. Until now, the Japonica collection and the Buddhist collection have only been catalogued on paper, and it has not been possible to access them in electronic search services.


Prof Tsuda Mayumi (Keio University) has organized an online symposium in conjunction with the next conference of the Japanese Early Modern Literature Asssociation. The theme might be of interest to some of you: デジタル時代の和本リテラシー古典文学研究と教育の未来.

Date: 2021年6月12日(土)13:30~15:40

Please find all information on the dedicated website: http://www.kinseibungakukai.com/2021haru_symposium/

EAJS-L: Book History in Japan Seminar and Symposium: Video Recordings

Introduction to Premodern Japanese Books for Art Historical Research

Day 1: Monday 15th March

  • Overview of the History of the Book in Japan  
  • Main Types of Book Binding
  • Book Format Conversion
  • History of Printing in Japan (Temple Prints and Gozan-ban)
  • The Relationship between Manuscripts and Prints

Day 2: Tuesday 16th March

    Consortium for Japanese Textual Scholarship at NIJL

    Since its founding in 1972, the National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL) has worked to facilitate and encourage research that taps into the vast intellectual resources of the premodern Japanese textual corpus. In furtherance of this mission, there is currently underway a plan to establish a global, interdisciplinary consortium of universities, libraries, museums, and other academic associations dedicated to the study of premodern/pre-1900 Japanese manuscripts, scrolls, and printed booksーkotensekiーwith NIJL serving as its secretariat.