Notable collections and hidden treasures

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Japanese rare materials related to travel

The Japanese collection boasts a large collection of prints from the 17th through the mid-20th century. Reflecting the newly widespread availability of printing technology, the earliest of these prints tend to be locally-produced, rough, black-and-white images of temple-shrine complexes (pilgrimage being one of the few permissible forms for travel at the time). With time, color begins to brighten these souvenirs pictures and changes in printing technology give them more detail and precision.

The image is the Japanese character for the term, "classified.'

Rare Japanese materials from the 1940s and 1950s

The East Asia Library has identified within its collection over 2000 titles published during in the 1940s and 1950s that are held by few (if any) other libraries in the world. Important primary sources for scholars of the twentieth century, the titles cover topics such as colonial territories, nuclear radiation, communism, labor, industrial mobilization, agriculture, among others. Many were considered classified at the time they were published.  

 

Stanford hanpon collection

Stanford's collection of Japanese woodblock print books


Stanford has a nearly 550 titles of Japanese books printed during the 18th and 19th century.  To review the list of titles, perform a subject search for "Stanford hanpon collection."

Newspapers published during the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952

A hidden jewel of the Japanese collection is the vast assortment of newspapers held at

Japanese textbook (kyokasho) collection

Japanese textbook (kyokasho) collection

Stanford has over 400 Japanese textbooks from the early twentieth century (and some more recent ones also!).  Perform a subject search for "Stanford kyokasho collection" to review the list!

Japanese Juvenile Literature related to the 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident

Japanese Juvenile Literature related to the 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident

There have been many publications related to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, but among the most poignant are the efforts of authors to explain this incident to children.  Stanford is currently building a collection of these materials.

Japanese DVD and BluRay Collection

Japanese DVD and Blu-ray Collection

Starting in 2014, the Japanese collection at Stanford started acquiring noteworthy movies. Currently this collection boasts over twenty recent Japanese documentaries and award-winning films. A subject search for "Japanese DVD and BluRay Collection" will pull up the list of recent acquisitions.

Stanford manga collection

Stanford manga collection

Stanford has a robust manga collection boasting more than 330 titles.  To review the titles, search for "Stanford manga collection."

Stanford collection of juvenile literature published in Japan

Stanford collection of juvenile literature published in Japan

The East Asia Library has started to collect award-winning Japanese children’s books. Perform a subject term search for "Stanford Collection of Juvenile Literature published in Japan" to pull up the entire list!