News & Topics
Exhibition:通常展示「書物で見る 日本古典文学史」のギャラリートーク 8月3日(月)を都合により8月24日(月)に変更しました。
Exhibition:通常展示「書物で見る 日本古典文学史」の特設コーナーについて掲載しました。
Symposium:7月31日〜8月1日に第1回 日本語の歴史的典籍国際研究集会「可能性としての日本古典籍」を開催します。
Research:バチカン図書館所蔵マリオ・マレガ収集文書の保存・公開に関する調査・研究 のページを開設しました。
News:松野 陽一 元館長「瑞宝中綬章」受章
平成27年春の叙勲受章者が4月29日発表され、当館の松野 陽一 元館長が瑞宝中綬章を受章しました。
Message from the Director-General
 The National Institute of Japanese Literature (NJIL) celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. We are proud to say that our project and research system in Tachikawa have stabilized since we transferred from Togoshi in Shinagawa six years ago. The survey and acquisition work we started in the time of our establishment have been continuous, and with the advanced equipment in Tachikawa, we have also regularly held exhibitions. Our collaborative research projects with outside researchers, as well as our other research projects went very well over the years.
 Using our newest equipment’s features, several highly praised exhibitions have been made possible - the special exhibition of The Tale of Genji Millenium, exhibitions of valuable materials such as the Yomei Collection national treasures, and the 800 Year Commemoration of Hojoki held two years ago. From the previous fiscal year, we have shifted our policy for exhibitions to focus on permanent exhibitions, mainly consisting of Japanese literary works preserved by our institute. The purpose is to show our projects and research to visitors through these exhibitions. Thus we can reduce the frequency of closing our exhibition rooms to change for special exhibitions held several times each year, and efficiently utilize the exhibit rooms and reduce cost.
 Our institute will start a large-scale project which will last for 10 years. The “Plan to Create a Database of Historical Japanese Books” project was established according to the recommendation of the Science Council of Japan after the submission of the budget for FY 2013 and obtaining preparatory expenses. Through the support by Council for Science and Technology- Research Environment and Infrastructure Group and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), our project was certified as the first “Large-Scale Academic Frontier Promotion Project” in humanities and social sciences upon approval of the FY 2014 budget, and it will fully start on April this year.
 However, prior to the commencement of the project, its name and contents were changed into “Project to Build an International Collaborative Researchers' Network on Pre-modern Japanese Books” due to a review of the budget for FY 2014. The creation of an image database for Japanese classical books will be added in the project content, which will be used for the international collaborative research. Although our institute has attained good results from the collaborative researches focusing on Japanese literature with researchers from in and out of the country, we would like to continue our efforts towards the development of more aggressive collaborative research. The intention is to venture into research that fuses with different fields in the future.
 Last fiscal year, after obtaining the preparatory expenses, the institution was reorganized and a new “Japanese Classical Books Database Research Center” was established. We specially appointed one professor, a few associate professors and postdoctoral researchers, and administrative staff. Our project plan on the center was reviewed, and thus this fiscal year, our center has been renamed into “Center for Collaborative Research on Pre-modern Books. ” We will conduct enhancements including the recruitment of two associate professors, and the expansion of our administrative division.
 This project is the culmination of our survey, acquisition works and the creation of a comprehensive catalog of the classical literature database, which has been our work since the establishment of this institution. As we head towards our 50th anniversary, we will continue to exert our efforts to make this project a reality.
Yuichiro Imanishi
National Institute of Japanese Literature
National Institutes for the Humanities
Dec 1966 The Convention of Japanese Scholarship advises the Japanese government to found the “Center for Japanese studies and Japanese Literature”.
Sep 1970 The Science Council of Japan advises the Minister of Education to quickly establish the “Center for Japanese Literature”.
Apr 1971 Funds are appropriated to the Ministry of Education for studying the development of facilities for the National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL).
May 1972 The NIJL (Administration Department, Literary Documents Department and Research Information Department) is established.
The Ministry of Education Historical Archives (established in 1951) are incorporated into the NIJL.
Jun 1977 The opening ceremony for the NIJL is held.
Jul 1977 A service enabling browsing of the materials is started.
Apr 1979 A department for materials organization and browsing is established.
Apr 1987 An electronic database search service is made available for the NIJL’s catalog of microfilm materials and physical texts.
Apr 1992 An electronic database search service is made available for the NIJL’s catalog of essays.
Nov 2002 A ceremony marking the NIJL’s 30th anniversary is held.
Apr 2003 The Department of Japanese Literature within the Graduate University for Advanced Studies establishes a major in Japanese literary research and becomes a key partner of the NIJL.
Apr 2004 The NIJL is incorporated as a National Institutes for the Humanities’Inter-University Research Institute Corporation; the organization of the NIJL is revised in line with its incorporation.
Mar 2008 The NIJL moves to the Midori-cho area of Tachikawa City.
Apr 2013 The Japanese Classical Books Database Research Center is established.
Apr 2014 The "Japanese Classical Books Database Research Center" was recognized and renamed into "Project to Build an International Collaborative Researchers' Network on Pre-modern Japanese Books".
The institute performs specialized research studies of Japanese literature and related materials that have been collected domestically and overseas. It also creates collections using photographs and originals, organizes and preserves sources and bibliographies that have been obtained, and maintains a base for the study of Japanese literature and related fields.
It also presents these things in various ways to domestic and overseas users, and passes them along to society through means such as exhibits and lecture meetings.
Research and Collection
In collaboration with about 190 researchers from universities throughout Japan, institute personnel travel to the sites of collections of Japanese literature and related original materials (such as manuscripts and published editions), and engage in research studies that center on bibliographical matters.
Based on such research studies, original materials approved for photographing are collected through full-volume photography as micro negative film or digital images.
In addition, since 2005, collaborative investigations have been performed, based on agreements entered into with other universities and institutions.
Public Presentations
The NIJL contributes to society by widely publicizing the results of its research via exhibitions, lectures, symposiums and seminars.
Library Guide
Library Guid
With “Pre-modern Books in Japanese” as the keyword, the “Project to Build an International Collaborative Researchers' Network on Pre-modern Japanese Books” was inaugurated at the National Institute of Japanese Literature in 2014.
By Tama Intercity Monorail:
Get off at JR Tachikawa Station, make switch to Tama Monorail Tachikawa-Kita Station,
get off at Takamatsu Station, and walk 10 minutes.
By Tachikawa bus:
From JR Tachikawa Station's north entrance, board bus at boarding area 2,
get off at "Tachikawa Gakujutsu Plaza," and walk 1 minutes.
From JR Tachikawa Station's north entrance, board bus at boarding area 1,
get off at "Tachikawa Shiyakusho," and walk 3 minutes.
From JR Tachikawa Station's north entrance, board bus at boarding area 2,
get off at "Saibansho-mae," and walk 5 minutes.
On foot:
From JR Tachikawa Station, walk about 25 minutes.
By car:
From Chuo Expressway's "Kunitachi Fuchu IC," drive about 15 minutes.
*Free parking available
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