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 pre-serves 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 approximately 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 pho-tography as micro negative film or digital images.
In addition, since 2005, collaborative investigations have been performed, based on agreements entered into with oth-er universities and institutions.
Public Inspections of Documents
Allowing perusal of documents and providing material copies of the same are services offered by the institute's library. Through the interlibrary access (mutual use) sys-tem, it is possible for users even from remote locations to utilize these and other services. Those who are not affili-ated with any university can request material copies di-rectly via mail or fax.
In addition, collection related surveys done by telephone and reference questions submitted through writing, fax or e-mail are also accepted.
This project, headed by NIJL, is aimed at collaborating with universities and other research institutions both inside and outside Japan in order to digitalize our institution’s collection of three-hundred items and, by incor-porating this data into our pre-existing bibliographical database, to create a comprehensive database of Japa-nese pre-modern texts. Ultimately, these digital images will serve as a platform upon which we may construct an international collaborative network. Such a network would promote research that transcends the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines and allow for interdisciplinary work limited not merely to the field of Japanese literature, but embracing all of the humanities as a whole.