From Harvard collection

Attributed to Kaikei
(active c. 1183 - 1236)
Left Hand of a Colossal Amitâbha Buddha (Amida Nyorai)

Current affairs

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

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.

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What's New

JapanKnowledge service suspension due to its system maintenance. for more detail at 

<Schedule> 09:00-13:00 on Sunday, 22nd Nov. 2020 (Japan Time)

<Suspended service> All JapanKnowledge Services (JapanKnowledge Lib, JK Select contents and JKBooks)

Maruzen e-Book LibraryNew contents include: Over 800 titles of Iwanami publications in 岩波文庫 and 岩波新書 ; 広辞苑第7版満洲グラフ Manshu Graph (1933-1944), 東京大学明治新聞雑誌文庫所蔵雑誌目次総覧(150巻).
楠田實資料: 佐藤栄作官邸文書 Prime Minister Eisaku Sato's archive

COVID-19 Open Access Resources An evolving list of free content being provided by publishers and vendors during the COVID-19 crisis

Remote Access Contents for Japanese resources

Kigoshi Osamu Collection Rich in contemporary culture, donated in 2019

Harvard Alumni now can access to JapanKnowledge

Japan Search National platform to discover over 21 million items with 3.1 million contents publicly accessible. Created by National Diet Library of Japan.

Cultural Japan  Launched in August 2020, a discovery site for over 1 million Japanese items

Newly digitized!

Harvard-Yenching Library Japanese Digital Collection- Rare Books (ongoing project)

偐紫田舍源氏: Nise Murasaki Inaka Genji (1829-1842) 

Manchukuo related postcards of Harvard-Yenching Library (some 2400 cards are now digitized)

And they are also found here: Linked Archive of Asian Postcards

New E-Contents


Manchuria Daily News (1912-1941)

Japan Advertiser (1913-1940) included in Japan Times Archive

Japan Year Book (1933-1952)

New Titles at JapanKnowledge 

JKBooks文藝春秋アーカイブズ  (1923-1950)

JKBooks 鎌倉遺文1,2





Harvard resources

HOLLIS+: a new discovery tool that allows you to search Books and Articles together, and more. ID

HOLLIS Classic: able to 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, dose not incude 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.

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

For beyond Medieval Japan: Research Guide for Japanese Studeis


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