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Symposium:第30回 国文研フォーラム(平成26年7月16日開催)について、詳細内容を更新しました。
Message from the Director-General
Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL), which began the countdown to the 50th anniversary.
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.
Yuichiro Imanishi
National Institute of Japanese Literature
National Institutes for the Humanities
(Photo cooperation: Ekutebian, Ltd.)
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.
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 180 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
Access Map
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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