Five years have passed since moving out from Togoshi in Shinagawa, and our projects and research system at Tachikawa have stabilized. We have been carrying out and achieving research and collection projects that have been ongoing since our establishment. We have also been holding exhibitions utilizing the advanced equipment available in Tachikawa, and conducting collaborative research projects with outside researchers.
Exhibitions that were held using the functions of our newest equipment such as the special exhibition for The Tale of Genji Millennium, exhibitions for valuable materials including national treasures from the Yomei Collection that was held last fall, and the 800 Year Commemoration of Hojoki held last year were highly evaluated. From this fiscal year, we shifted our policy for exhibitions in order to focus on permanent exhibitions that mainly consist of Japanese literature stored by our institute so that we can show the projects and research of our institute to visitors through such exhibitions. Of course, we will continue to hold research exhibitions and collaborative exhibitions with the National Institutes for the Humanities, but we want our permanent exhibitions to be our main focus so that it will be possible to reduce the amount of time that exhibition rooms are closed for changing to special exhibitions held several times each year. This will result in better utilization of exhibition rooms and reduce costs. As for project plans, we have been establishing a database of the materials stored in the institute and collected microfilms for the past two years using administrative cost subsidies. From this fiscal year, we will be focusing even more on this work.
This is the “Plan to Create a Database of Historical Japanese Books” project that was established according to the recommendation by the Science Council of Japan, and the creation of an image database of whole Japanese books listed in the Kokusho Somokuroku in collaboration with 20 base universities.
We at the NIJL formulated a plan last year according to the recommendation by the Science Council of Japan, we had a hearing with this Council, and then made a budget request as a 10-year large-scale project that would start in 2013. Unfortunately, our project was not selected as a “Large-Scale Academic Frontier Promotion Project” for the 2013 fiscal year, but a budget for reapplying in the 2014 fiscal year has already been earmarked.
Based on this, our institute established a new “Japanese Classical Books Database Research Center”, and we specially assigned one professor, associate professors, and postdoctoral researchers. An office department was newly established to begin the project, and attention was given to preparation for applying for next year’s frontier promotion project.
This project is the culmination of our research, collection work, and union catalog of classical literature database creation work, which have been our main work since our establishment. Therefore, we will continue to make earnest effort to accomplish this as we head toward our 50th anniversary.
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