Shochiku Otani Library has more than 440,000 scripts and other resources

There are more than 440,000 scripts and other resources for play, movies, TV drama, etc. Shochiku Otani Library at
Ginza Shochiku Squire 3F, Tsukiji 1-13-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
〒104-0045 東京都中央区築地1-13-1 銀座松竹スクエア3階


February 23, 2015 at 9:39 am Leave a comment

Project MUSE to preserve e-journals with Portico

January 28, 2015 at 12:06 am Leave a comment

Three major Japanese newspaper Databases have clear titles now

Although Pitt Library subscribes full text databases of three major Japanese newspapers, Asahi Shinbun, Yomiuri Shinbun and Nihon Keizai Shinbun, I heard that some users could not find them because these databases have different names and don’t include names of newspapers themselves.

Apology for giving confusion but no more. We added names of newspapers to databases at the beginning as follows.

Asahi Shinbun Kikuzo II Bijuaru, under “A” at Databases A to Z List

Yomiuri Shinbun Yomidas Rekishikan, under “Y” at Databases A to Z List

Nihon Keizai Shinbun Nikkei Telecom 21, not on Databases A to Z list yet.
* It is because this database is still accessed by ID and Password. Please contact me at any time when you need to use Nikkei Shinbun Database.

Please bookmark the following link for your convenience. I keep update and maintain links on my Guides.
“Japanese Newspapers, Journals & Reference in Databases”

June 11, 2014 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

British Library releases over 200 Japanese and Chinese prints into Public Domain

The British Library and the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR) have launched an online exhibition called The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895: as seen in prints and archives. It highlights the BL collection of Japanese and Chinese prints of the Sino-Japanese War and presents them in context with Japanese archival documents digitised by JACAR.


The images of the 235 prints are being released by the British Library into the Public Domain and can be found on the Gallery List of the website:

More detail on the Asian and African Studies blog;

May 30, 2014 at 4:17 am Leave a comment

Japanese fictions will be included in OverDrive soon

Good news for overseas Japanese, researchers and students who are studying Japanese literature, movie and subculture. Japanese eBook company, MediaDo, form a strategic business alliance with OverDrive and offer Japanese contents from over 200 publishers to overseas. Many public libraries include Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and university libraries include University of Pittsburgh Library already subscribe OverDrive.

May 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

[Open Access] Keio with Google had digitized over 80,000 Japanese Books

Keio University Library with Google had digitized over 80,000 volumes of their books.
Now they are formally included in HathiTrust.
” These materials dramatically increase HathiTrust’s Japanese-language holdings. The volumes represent the largest deposit in HathiTrust of materials from a non-partner institution.”

There are a lot of full text view (not all of them though). Enjoy browsing!

February 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

[Pitt afiliate only] Many articles in the database of 16th-19th century UK are relevant to Japanese Studies

I please to announce that the library has subscribed the Gale News Vault, an English article database for 16th-19th century UK newspapers and journals, which were available only microform format before but they are now full text searchable.  I believe many articles are relevant to Japanese Studies include articles in the Bakumatsu Meiji Igirisu zasshi Nihon kankei kiji shusei (幕末明治イギリス雑誌日本関係記事集成).

The database include following collections and more.

17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part 1
19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part 2
19th Century U.S. Newspapers
19th Century UK Periodicals: Empire
19th Century UK Periodicals: New Readerships
British Newspapers, Part 3: 1780-1950

For instance, keyword search by “japan” hits 214,691 articles.  Breakdown to publication type and Article type as follows.

Publication Type
Financial Times (61565)
Times (48380)
Daily Mail (18726)
Economist (14997)
Sunday Times (8181)
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser (2986)
Daily Evening Bulletin (San Francisco, CA) (2917)
Hull Daily Mail (2719)

Article Type
Arts and Entertainment (2831)
Business and Finance News (39971)
Classified Advertising (15685)
Letters (2434)
News (100179)
Shipping News (4030)
and more

Please enjoy explore the database.  Please contact me any time if you have question.

February 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

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