Notable collections and hidden treasures

Stanford hanpon collection

Stanford's collection of Japanese woodblock print books

The East Asia Library has a collection of nearly 550 Japanese woodblock print (hanpon) books printed during the 18th and 19th century.

Yuruganu odai kaname no ishizue

Kawaraban: Early Modern News Sheets from Japan

Kawaraban "tile-block printing" broadsheets reported on natural disasters, gossip, important events and festivals throughout the Edo period (1600-1868).  

Nara meisho saikenzu

Japanese rare materials related to travel

A large collection of prints from the 17th through the mid-20th century, including souvenir images of temple-shrine complexes and other destinations, illustrating cultural changes as well as improvements in printing technology.

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

Rare Japanese materials from the 1940s and 1950s

Over 2000 titles published during in the 1940s and 1950s, held by few (if any) other libraries in the world. Important primary sources for scholars of the 20th century, the titles cover topics such as colonial territories, nuclear radiation, communism, labor, industrial mobilization, agriculture.

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).

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.

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 a robust collection of nearly 400 award-winning Japanese-language books for children.