From the Harvard Collection

Portrait of Onchi Koshiro by Sekine Junchiro, 1956 (HUAM202218)

Scholarly Forums

H-Japan Online discussion network for scholars on Japan

What's New

New content in JapanKnowledge      「東洋経済新報」 「週刊東洋経済」 明治28年11月ー昭和20年12月 ( The Oriental Economist, weekly. 1895-1945)

New content on trial in JapanKnowledge   平凡社「改訂新版 世界大百科事典」 2014

Current Project: Japanese Art and Design digitization project

New acquisition

蒹葭堂雜錄 Kenkado zatsuroku [1859]

1904 Samuel Mann Manuscript Missionary Map of Japan on cotton cloth - See more at:
1904 Samuel Mann Manuscript Missionary Map of Japan on cotton cloth - See more at:
1904 Samuel Mann Manuscript Missionary Map of Japan on cotton cloth - See more at:

Harvard Resources

HOLLIS+ ID A discovery tool that allows you to search Books and Articles, images together, and more.

HOLLIS Classic Search using "phrase", call number, and non-Roman characters.

OASIS (Online Archival Search Information System) Finding aids for archival and manuscript collections.

VIA (Visual Information Access) A catalog to images owned by Harvard, does not include original characters.

A Directory to Photographs at Harvard

Harvard Art Museum Collections

A Selection of Web-Accessible Collections Including Yenching's Hedda Morrison photo collection.

Open Collections program Virtual collections of thematically linked material selected from numerous Harvard repositories.

Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) A central, open access repository for the scholarly output of faculty and the broader research community at Harvard.

Office for Scholarly Communication

metaLAB (at) Harvard


This site aims to be your research navigator for Japanese studies. Although wide  and general in scope, sources are primarily in Japanese.

Your questions, suggestions, and feedback are most critical to make this tool useful.


Kuniko Yamada McVey  Librarian for the Japanese Collection                                         voice: 617-495-3395

Harvard-Yenching Library

Other guides on Japan

Research Guide for Modern Japanese History

Research Guide for Medieval Japan

Research guide: Modern Japanese History  for graduate seminar



Disaster of 3.11.2011

Hinagiku Created by the National Diet Library, aims to be a central entry point for records on the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear accident on March 11, 2011 that have been recorded, collected, and archived by numerous organizations in Japan and worldwide.

Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters maintained by Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

NHK東日本大震災アーカイブス NHK archives its recordings on Tohoku Great Earthquake of 2011.

東北からの声 Voices from Tohoku Over 500 hours of interviews conducted by Sophia University students.

Save MLAK 博物館・美術館・図書館・文書館・公民館の震災被災・救援情報 Portal for Museum, Library, Archives, and Kominkan dealing with the aftermath of the Earthquake/Tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Japan, Social Movements after the Fukushima nuclear power plants crisis, March 11. 2011 Archived by National Library of Australia.

Japan’s 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, Atomic Meltdown Collection of some 100 articles published by The Asia-Pacific Journal.

Teaching 3.11 syllabi collection Compiled by the institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University.




Kumamoto earthquake April 2016 Created by Hidenori Watanabe