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.
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