Case study of Japanese special collection at Université Catolique de Louvain and working group’s new website (2019)

Vilcot, Emilie
Hirano, Akira

In the year of Japanese Imperial transition, explaining the imperial connection with the history of the Japanese collection at the Université Catolique de Louvain. This session will also unveil the current in-house digitalisation project of the collection in order to preserve the precious items.
Introducing the Working Group new website, which is on EAJRS’s site.

NII-workshop (2019)

Ueno, Tomoki
Hirano, Akira
Kamiya, Nobutake

1. 2020年のNACSIS-CAT/ILL軽量化・合理化にともなう、欧州参加館への影響について。特に変更に伴う、欧州参加館にとって利点や負担軽減について。
2. 2022年の新システムへの移行について。とりわけ、新システムでの電子リソースの情報提供がどのようになるのかについて。
3. CiNiiの海外からの利用状況についての統計的分析について。
4. CAT2020を試用したフィードバックへのコメント。
5. NIIの組織全体としての展望について。

Design and implementation of Wokototen Database and Search System (2019)

Tsutsumi, Tomoaki

In this paper, we report about prototype of database and search system of Wokototenzu. Wokototen is a gloss when reading the Chinese classics to understand the reader's mother tongue. The one which gathered this Wokototen in one every used documents and school is called Wokototenzu. The purpose of this research is to prepare an environmental for Kunten researcher to be processing and data are shared on the computer.

A study of Japanese Nanga painting collections at the British Museum and the Ashmolean Museum and its potential contribution to Japanese painting resources (2019)

Tsunoda, Makiko

This presentation will re-think the current Japanese painting resources at the British Museum and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, as part of a survey conducted in preparation for my forthcoming PhD. My PhD project will compare Japanese Nanga paintings with the Chinese paintings that influenced them using art historical studies and scientific analysis of the materials and media. The British Museum and the Ashmolean together have the largest collections of Nanga paintings in the UK.

Rethinking resources for Japanese studies: using realia in research papers (2019)

Troost, Kristina

Students are increasingly being required to use primary sources in their research, but not all students have enough skill in Japanese to use Japanese language materials.  Primary sources in English, although they are increasing, are not abundant. Nor does every university have major art or print collections.  This paper proposes to examine a number of examples of materials students in Art History have used in conjunction with secondary literature.  While traditionally students did such projects as comparing photographs found in books and using the extensive secondary literature in English to analyze their findings, this paper will focus on an assignment using realia (physical objects) found in the library and on campus.

Surveys of historical paper materials for conserving original resources and their conservation methods (2019)

Takashima, Akihiko
Shibutani, Ayako

This paper  examines the survey results of historical paper materials and their methods for conserving original resources at the Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo.
At the University of Tokyo, original resources are mainly treated as book collections at libraries including the general library, faculties' library, and institutes' libraries, and categorised as valuable books or originals. These resources have been used for education and research materials and shown as cultural properties from the viewpoint of their scarcity value. In so doing, they are now required to manage new conservations and surveys. In any conservation survey microscopic observations are usually conducted. In the preliminary studies a small mobile microscope with 100 times magnification was used for examining the thickness and density of fibres, the existence and quantity of additives, and the conditions of other materials. These surveys are essentially non-destructive, and presented new standard for distinguishing paper materials accurately. In recent years, USB digital cameras for microscopy and lenses of megapixel cameras have rapidly been upgraded, and researchers are able to gain distortion-free and high-definition images easily.

A comparison viewer for images of the British Library's Amakusa edition (2019)

Takada, Tomokazu

The National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics released the public domain color JPEG images of the British Library’s Amakusa edition of 'Feiqe no monogatari', 'Esopo no fabulas' and 'Qincuxu' in March, 2019.
The Amakusa edition of Heike monogatari, Isoho monogatari and Kinkushū are one of the so-called Christian editions, published in 1592-1593. The British Library’s copy is only surviving copy in the world. Written in a Portuguese version of romanization, we can estimate how Japanese was pronounced at that time.
Furthermore, for the use of Japanese language history class, we developed a viewer that displays the Amakusa edition’s images and transliterated texts side-by-side. This viewer has three type transliterated texts;  kanji and hiragana text, katakana text, Kunrei-shiki romanization text.

Digitization of modern Japanese political documents : characteristics of personal papers (2019)

Suzuki, Hiromune

The National Diet Library is implementing a plan formulated in 2017 to digitize personal papers from its collection of modern Japanese political documents. We will report on this plan as well as the significance of systematic digitization.
We will present examples of the types and characteristics of documents found in personal papers that have recently been added to the National Diet Library Digital Collection.

Can small resources make big impact? (2019)

Stojanović, Andrijana

This presentation will be a case study (example of University library “Nikola Tesla” from Niš, Serbia) of how even limited resources can make a major impact on local community. The study will include the description of how the library managed to market its limited Japanese resources and sparkle interest in academics and general population alike, by partnering with a local NGO to organize a Japanese-themed yearly festival called “JapanNiš”. We will present experiences and lessons learned from five consecutive years of organizing the festival. The idea is to make the audience rethink the notion that a library or a resource center needs to be huge in order to attract the audiences, and also to share ideas for future actions and possible collaborations.

Searching for Isaac Titsing’s legacy: Japanese early modern books in P. Schilling collection (2019)

Shchepkin, Vasilii

Isaac Titsingh (1745-1812) was undoubtedly the most energetic and aspiring person among all heads of Dutch East-India Company trade factory in Nagasaki. His endeavor to compile a compendium on Japan made him an outstanding collector of Japanese books, which spread among institutions and individuals in Europe after his death. Paul Schilling (1786-1837) was on a par with Titsingh in energy and ambition. Employed mainly in diplomatic service, he was famed for his inventions in electro-magnetic engineering, including demolitions, communications and lithographing, but of the greatest interest for him was cryptography, which made him an enthusiast in Asian languages and scripts. While in Europe he collected a huge collection of books on Asian languages, including Japanese, and later donated them to the Asiatic Museum of the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. His autographic list of Japanese books and maps contains 32 items, and 12 of them are marked as being brought from Japan by Titsingh.