Japanese Literature-Resources on the Web

 

LIST OF JAPANESE AUTHORS AVAILABLE IN TRANSLATION 

         You Want to Find a Book of Japanese Literature to Read?: List of authors compiled by Jeffrey Angles 

HOW TO FIND JAPANESE BOOKS, MAGAZINES, AND ARTICLES

         How to find information about printed publications (Website from Nagoya University with lots of links to various resources  )

READING JAPANESE NOVELS, POEMS, TEXTS ON THE WEB

         Japanese Text Initiative (Website from University of Virginia providing full text of of many key classical works in original Japanese, also adding a growing number of modern works)  

         Aozora bunko (Full text of hundreds of many important works of Japanese literature in the original Japanese, contains both popular as well as high-brow literature)

         Digital Library of Japan PEN Club (Full text of a number of Japanese short stories, poems, and essays from the early twentieth century onward) 

         The Tale of Genji (Read the entire eleventh-century classic of Japanese literature online in Edward Seidenstickerís English translation. The website contain super illustrations of the story from an older Japanese print of the text.This website is sponsored by UNESCO.)

         Poetry International Web (Very cool site that contains an online collection of articles and poems by major contemporary Japanese poets, both in English and Japanese, also contains MP3 files with poets reading their own work.  The site is mainly in English, but Japanese texts are available for all.) 

         Factorial Archive of Japanese Poetry (Online collection of MP3 files of contemporary poets reading their own poetry in Japanese)

         Full Tilt: An Online Journal of East Asian Poetry, Translation, and the Arts (Online English-language journal containing work of important contemporary Asian writers, artists, and literary figures. Includes some poets from Japan)

         Kyoto University Digitial Library (Rare books from the collection of Kyoto University)

INTERNET BOOKSTORES

         Amazon Japan (Japanese version of amazon.com)

         Kosho (Large network of used book vendors, many vendors do not ship internationally)

         Kanda Jinbocho (Index to Kanda Jinbocho, Tokyo's used book district)

FINDING JAPANESE BOOKS IN LIBRARIES

         WestCat (Shows holdings of WMU libraries)

         WorldCat (Shows the holdings of many libraries in the US and abroad, including many Japanese-language books)

         NACSIS Webcat (Shows the holdings of many libraries across Japan)

         National Diet Library (Shows the holdings of the Japanese equivalent of the Library of Congress)

         Univ. of Michigan Library Catalogue (Shows library holdings of the University of Michigan)

         Nichibunken Libaries (Shows library holdings of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan)

         Ohio State University's Manga Page (One of the largest collections of manga in the US )

         OSCAR (Shows holdings of Ohio State University Libraries)

ACADEMIC SOCIETIES

         Association of Asian Studies (Society of Scholars Researching Asia)

         Association for Japanese Literary Studies (Based at Purdue University)

         Association of Teachers of Japanese (For  teachers of Japanese Language and Literature)

         Premodern Japanese Studies Mailing List (For scholars researching aspects of premodern Japan)

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Updated August 11, 2008

 

 

 

Tanzaku (Painting-Card) of puppies.  

Signed Undō 

(Pseudonym for Tamakoshi Kōichi?)  

Ink on paper.  

Early twentieth century(?)

Collection of Jeffrey Angles.