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Basic Reference Works for Japanese Studies

Unannotated Bibliographies

The bibliographies for Western-language works mentioned under General works for East Asian Studies should be supplemented by the six volumes of

Oskar Nachod, Bibliographie von Japan (Z3301.W471 & 472)

which run from 1906 to 1937, and the

Catalogue of Books in English on Japan 1945-1981 (Z3309.C37q).

Good and manageable introductory bibliographies, without annotations, are given by

John W. Dower, Japanese History and Culture from ancient to modern times (Z3306.D69)

Richard Perren, Japanese studies from pre-history to 1990: A bibliographical guide (Z3301.J36 1992)

For literature there is

Yasuhiro Yoshizaki, Studies in Japanese literature and Language a Bibliography of English materials (Z7072.Y87)

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Annotated Bibliographies and Research Guides

The best annotated reference guide to material on Japan in English is

Yasuko Makino and Mihoko Miki, Japan and the Japanese: a bibliographic guide to reference sources (Z3306.M33 1996)

Annotations are also given in

Frank Shulman, Japan (Z3301.S475)


Ria Koopmans-de Bruijn, Area bibliography of Japan (Z3306.K86 1997)

For an introductionary research guide on different subjects of Japanese material which offers much detailed help with special problems, see

Makino Yasuko, A student guide to Japanese sources in the humanities (Z3301.M32)

or you can ask her yourself...

Unfortunately rather old, but still useful, is

Herschel Webb, Research in Japanese Sources: a guide (1965; Z3306.W4)


A guide to reference books for Japanese studies (rev. ed., Z3306.G84).

An extensive guide in English to Japanese materials is the

Introductory Bibliography for Japanese studies (Z3306.I57),

which is divided into Humanities and Social Sciences parts, from 1969 to 1985, and which supplements the

K.B.S. Bibliography of standard reference books for Japanese studies (1959-70; Z3306.K794)

which has parts in Generalia, Geography and Travel, History and Biography, Religion, History of Thought, Education, Language, Literature, Arts and Crafts, Theatre, Customs and Folklore, Politics, Law and Economics.

Finally, see also the

Fukuda Naomi, Bibliography of Reference Works for Japanese Studies (Z3306.B48)

which includes mainly Japanese works with annotations in English.

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Current Periodical Indexes

Your first Japanese articles should be searched for on the Web, through the Princeton University Library Web page. Princeton currently subscribes to one major collection of Japanese databases, available through >Princeton University Library>Articles & Databases>Japanese Studies. The general title is


MagazinePlus is a citation database for articles which includes National Diet Library Zasshi kiji sakuin, societies’ annual reports and papers, commercial journals which Zasshi kiji sakuin does not cover, and local journals. The total number of journal titles is approximately 25,000 and the number of reference books is 13,130 titles as of July 2012. The data is covered from 1945 to date and updated weekly.

You can access these databases from any computer using a Japanese IME.

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For translations, see the

Japanese literature in foreign languages 1945-1995 (Oversize Z3308.L5J354 1997q; an earlier edition goes to 1990 only)

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Names and Biographies

For Japanese names, see in English:

P.G. O'Neill, Japanese Names (CS3000.O53 1972),

Wolfgang Hadamitzky, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Surnames and How to Read Them (3 vols.) (PL683.H33)

and in Japanese,

Nihon jinmei daijiten (Heibonsha; CT1836.N52)

Shinchō Nihon jinmei jiten (CT1832.S53)

Jinbutsu refarensu jiten (Nichigai; CT1832.J562 & CT1856.J58)


Nihon seimei yomifuri jiten (Nichigai; CS3000.N53)

For the latest information, see also the

Who's who in Japanese government (JQ1651.W48)

Biographic information can, in addition to the Kodansha encyclopedia, be found in

Tazawa Yutaka, Biographical dictionary of Japanese Art (N7350.B56)

Hisamatsu Sen’ichi, Biographical dictionary of Japanese Literature (PL723.B5)

Laurance Roberts, A dictionary of Japanese artists (N7350.R59)

Chieko Mulhern, Japanese women writers: a bio-critical sourcebook (PL725.J37)

Iwao Seiichi, Biographical dictionary of Japanese history (DS834.B56)

Gendai Nihon jinmeiroku (Nichigai; CT1836.G419)

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If you need statistics, refer to the

Nihon tōkei nenkan/ Japan statistical yearbook (HA4621.N54; bilingual)

Nihon no tōkei (HA4621.N55)

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For many subjects, the first step for research will be the

Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan (DS805.K633; with color illustrations: Japan: an illustrated encyclopedia DS805.J263 1993; text also available on the Web)

which has very small bibliographies attached to most entries. Also do not forget, if you can read Japanese, Japanese encyclopaedias such as

Heibonsha dai hyakka jiten (AE35.2.H44 1984)

Nihon dai hyakka zensho (AE35.2.N53 1984).

For authoritative entries on historical subjects, see the

Kokushi daijiten (DS833.K64)

Nihonshi kōjiten (DS833.N546)

Nihonshi daijiten (DS833.N543q).

Finally finished is the

Dictionnaire historique du Japon (DS833.D5, 20 vols., in French)

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For place names use the Japanese

Zenkoku chimei yomigana jiten (J3406/8642)

Gendai Nihon chimei yomikata (DS805.G39)

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Official titles

There is a gap in the market here, and no general standard work exists. For the moment, use the relevant chapter (nine) in

The Princeton Companion to Classical Japanese Literature (PL726.1.M495 1985)

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For chronology and calendar, see

(Shinpan) Nihonshi nenpyō (DS833.N535)

and the

Koyomi no hyakka jiten / Encyclopedia of Calendar (CE61.J3K69)

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