Digital Libraries in Japan with content in western languages

http://hangingtogether.org/?p=337 give some information on digitization efforts in Japan.

There is are a lot of unknown digitization projects in Japan which are making works available in Western languages. Since years I am collecting these projects with special focus on rare books before 1800 at
http://wiki.netbib.de/coma/DigiMisc

But nobody takes notice of this link list and I do not know any other comparable link list available in a western language.

Here is an updated list of digital collections I know (please take into account that I cannot read Japanese)

Doshisha University
Digital archive of rare materials
http://elib.doshisha.ac.jp/english/digital/index.html
Plaese note that also the departments have rare materials in foreign languages digitized.

Gunma University
Repository (DSpace)
https://gair.media.gunma-u.ac.jp/dspace/index.jsp
Some works (browse by date, oldest first)

Hitotsubashi University
The Burt Franklin Collection
http://hermes-ir.lib.hit-u.ac.jp/da/handle/123456789/19
Works in French.

Keio University
Treasures
http://www.humi.keio.ac.jp/treasures
Only Gutenberg bible and Gesner’s Thierbuch complete online
– Repository
http://koara-a.lib.keio.ac.jp/xoonips/modules/xoonips/listitem.php?index_id=3228
4 Kulmus works

Kyoto University
http://repository.kulib.kyoto-u.ac.jp/dspace/handle/2433/14/browse-title?starts_with=A
Some rare books.

Kyushu University
http://www.lib.kyushu-u.ac.jp/db/local/?skinid=11
It seems that only the Grotius is complete online.

Osaka City University
http://libweb.media.osaka-cu.ac.jp/els-e.html
400+ books! See
http://archiv.twoday.net/stories/4263195 (in German)

Toin University
Savigny Library
http://savigny.toin.ac.jp
Some rare books, see
http://archiv.twoday.net/stories/3424602 (in German)

University of Tokyo
Books of Mori Ogei
http://rarebook.dl.itc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ogai/foreign.html
The books are not completely digitized but unfortunately only the pages with Ogei marginalia.

Center for Research on Pictorial Cultural Resources, University Tokyo
http://www.picure.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp/theme/index_j.html
http://www.picure.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp/sitemap/index_e.html
Image databases (Piranesi etc). Links of the English version don’t work.

Digital Archive of Toyo Bunko Rare Books
http://dsr.nii.ac.jp/toyobunko
Some works.

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
C-DATS Digital Library
http://www.dilins.c-dats.tufs.ac.jp/da_lists/full_images.html
http://repository.tufs.ac.jp/handle/10108/29
Including at least one work before 1800

Tsukuba University
Digital Collections – Rare Books
http://www.tulips.tsukuba.ac.jp/pub/tree/kichosho.eng.html
Large (hundreds of books)
Click on this sign to see the digital books.

Waseda University
CLASSICS
Search the OPAC, e.g.
http://wine.wul.waseda.ac.jp/search/X?SEARCH=jap*&l=&m=v&searchscope=12&Da=&Db=&SORT=D

There might be some other stuff I don’t know!


2 Gedanken zu „Digital Libraries in Japan with content in western languages

  1. Very unpolite and unhelpfulJapanese Libraries I have mailed to most of the mentioned digital libraries if they know other projects but the only reaction was that I received a mail that my picture was a copyright violation. (It was legal according quotation right, I think, but I have removed it.)

    • Japanese libraries Hi,

      I am contacting you to see if you have a personal, academic book collection on either Ancient or Modern Japan. I have been looking for free materials on the net for more than a year and have found that some of the most general authors are not available even as works for research on sites that require hundreds of dollars to use.

      If you have a personal library, whether printed or digital, perhaps you would like to trade books with me. I don’t know if you are looking to develop your collection, assuming that you have one, however most of the links provided on library sites contain works without copyright that are of little value to the researcher.

      I guess it would be like asking your public librarian if she knew where the academic section of the library were (you know, all the books that have copyright on them and that are technical in nature) and her pointing you to a section of books published in the 1800’s. It’s just so insulting.

      If you know of any place on the net where I might find technical, acaedmic, up-to-date ebooks on Japan, I would very much be interested in acquiring that information from you. And, again, if you would consider trading ebooks with me, that too would be of interest. If you have a printed collection, perhaps you would be willing to scan a book or two on my behalf in exchange for several ebooks, considering the fact that scanning would take so much more time and effort.

      You can contact me at polisny@hotmail.com
      Thank you.
      Justin

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