Under the new system, the nationwide investigation of materials related to Japanese literature and the collection of such materials through microfilm, our core work, are continuing smoothly as in the past. In addition, further progress is expected, thanks to the approval in 2011 of about thirty million yen, continued from 2010, in special expenditures for the public release of previously photographed microfilm images on the WEB.
We are making efforts to publicly release about half of the collection microfilm during the coming six years in the second stage of incorporation.
Overseas projects and research are going on, including involvement since two years ago in Research on Japan-related Materials Overseas sponsored by the National Institutes for the Humanities, Siebold Collection research at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and Spencer Collection picture book research in the United States through a scientific research grant. In regard to the latter, a symposium sponsored jointly with Columbia University was held in New York last fall, and a report on the symposium is planned to be published this year.
Furthermore, the "Japan-Korea Joint Research on National Library of Korea Collection of Japanese Classics" was selected to receive a scientific research grant starting last fiscal year. Researchers visit Korea two times a year to conduct investigations and workshops.
Since last year, we periodically hold the "Kuzushi-ji Workshop" for librarians and curators from libraries and museums that possess Japanese classics in European countries, as well as for graduate students and others who are studying Japanese classics, through joint the European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists (EAJRS), though this is not a research activity. The first workshop was held at Oxford and lasted three days, starting at the end of June and ending in July. The second workshop was held in Leuven, Belgium, and the third was held in Zurich, Switzerland. We also plan to hold a workshop this year in Italy. If this experiment leads to joint research among people who are in charge of Japan-related materials in Europe, We would be absolutely delighted.
Last fall, we were able to hold a long-awaited special exhibition featuring materials from the Yomei Collection as a result of the "Comprehensive Research on Poetical Competition (Uta-awase) Materials in the Yomei Collection" designated research topic by requesting the full cooperation of Yomei Bunko director, Osamu Nawa. This year, we will first hold the "Edo Sights and Genre Paintings" from the end of March as a collaborative exhibition with the National Institutes for the Humanities. Then, we will hold “The Life and Times of Kamo no Chomei: An 800 Year Commemoration of Hojoki ("The Ten Foot Square Hut")” from the end of May with the support of the Chusei- Bungakukai to commemorate the work.
We expect a large number of visitors, especially for the Hojoki exhibition, since it serves as commemorative exhibition that marks the institute’s 40th anniversary this year.
This year as in the past, we would like to ask for your generous support and encouragement for the National Institute of Japanese Literature.
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