Blood, Tears and Samurai Love (2023)

Koch, Angelika

This talk aims to introduce a joint Leiden-Yale digital research project centred on a unique early eighteenth-century Japanese manuscript acquired by Yale’s Beinecke Rare Books Library in 2017 (working title: Shudō tsuya monogatari). Set in 1714 in northwestern Japan, the anonymous work describes a samurai same-sex love affair and its tragic consequences. As such, it provides a rare example of an early modern 'true-record-book' (jitsuroku-bon) – a book of rumours surrounding actual events and scandals, illicitly circulating in handwritten manuscript form – on the subject of male same-sex love.

The Present State of Use of Classical Texts Using Public Images (2023)

Hayami, Kaori ; Miyamoto, Yukiko

The NIJL has been aiming to make images of approximately 300,000 classical works available on the Kokusho DB since 2014 as part of the Historical Classics NW Project. The NIJL`s joint research project, “Development of ICT-based Educational Programs Based on Images of Classics” is attempting to use the Kokusho DB to develop educational materials for learning about classical knowledge and the local history and culture associated with it in a fun way.

Looking beyond the Union Catalogue Database of Japanese Texts (2023)

Komiyama, Fumi ; Yamamoto, Kazuaki

The National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL) has carried out the NIJL-NW project for 10 years in cooperation with various domestic and overseas institutions. As a result, it is expected that 300,000 pre-modern Japanese texts will be digitized and made available online. This project will shift to “the Model Building in the Humanities through Data-Driven Problem Solving Project” starting in 2024.
In line with this, we have integrated and reorganized the databases we have offered. Then, in March 2023, the "Union Catalogue Database of Japanese Texts" was released. In the future, we aim to further enrich the database by adding transcriptions and bibliographical introductions, standardizing metadata, and collaborating with domestic and foreign institutions.
In this presentation, we will introduce our current status and future strategies.

The International Business Correspondence of L. Kniffler & Co. (2023)

Scheffer, Marc

L. Kniffler & Co. was founded in 1859 in Nagasaki by the Prussian merchant Louis Kniffler (1827-1888). It was one of the first European trading houses to be established in Japan after the shogunate abandoned its isolationist policy, and within a few years it had become one of the largest. The digital edition of the international business correspondence of L. Kniffler & Co. (1859-1876) is the first attempt to publish the company's business correspondence in its entirety, as it has been preserved in the archive of its legal successor, C. Illies & Co.

Promoting Digital Humanities through International Team Research (2023)

Isomae, Jun'ichi

This presentation introduces an international collaborative research project, digital humanities research on the beginning and end of the nation-state, which is being conducted by the team research of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (IRCJS).
There are two kinds of our research materials. The first is 140 letters to Tetsujiro Inoue in the collection of the IRCJS Library. The second is the 15,000-piece Seita Toma Archive maintained by the presenter.

Forging Knowledge and Technology for the Future (2023)

Magnussen, Naomi Yabe ; Kamiya, Nobutake ; Egami, Toshinori ; Marra, Toshie ; Gotō, Makoto

In the rapidly advancing landscape of AI technology, it is likely that academic libraries supporting Japanese Studies will also need to undergo transformation to keep pace. Against this backdrop, this panel discussion will focus on themes such as ChatGPT and other LLMs (Large Language Models), AI literacy, and Digital Humanities. The discussion is not aimed at providing definitive answers, but rather at providing an opportunity for viewers and participants to take the themes home and deepen their own thinking.

The Improvements of the Search-ability for Shōsho Kunten Database (2023)

Tajima, Kōji

This paper describes improvements to the Kunten database for Shōsho (Early movable type printing, version 3). Kunten are the annotations such as Kana or marks for reading old Chinese textbooks in Japanese. The textbooks that have Kunten are called Kunten material. There are some small dots or marks written around the Kanji characters in Kunten material. These annotation marks show the verb conjugation (grammar rules), meanings, and readings. These annotation helps to understand the textbooks. The Kunten database supports to the analysis of the changes in the language or the historical differences in how to use the Kunten. The first version of the database was released in 2019. That was designed for the Kunten researchers, for that reason, the search and display methods need specialized knowledge and skills. The improved version has a new search method that uses Kanji + Kana.

A Japanese online catalogue from metadata old and new (2023)

Ohtsuka, Yasuyo ; Dillon, Chris

In this presentation we will introduce an innovative and collaborative project to enable online access to the content of printed library catalogues.
The British Library’s collection of antiquarian Japanese books and manuscripts is catalogued in several print publications but making them available online has long been a challenge. The two most important printed catalogues are very different in content and format.
The presentation will explain how close collaboration between the British Library’s Collection Metadata Systems and Japanese Collections and Toppan Printing made it possible to produce very accurate electronic metadata which could be manipulated for ingest into the Library’s online catalogue.

Opportunities for Global Collaboration in Collection Discovery (2023)

Davis, Ann Marie ; Matsuura, Katherine ; Sugiyama, Yukari

Where do scholars go to find the most comprehensive list of collections in North America or other regions of the world? How can librarians and resource specialists provide such lists while adapting to changing trends in Japanese Studies? Addressing these issues, our presentation discusses the Notable Japanese Collections (NJC) Dashboard, a digital collection discovery initiative and tool that identifies and promotes distinctive Japanese Studies collections in North America. Through our working group with the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC), we have developed an online database that aims to showcase all notable print and digital materials (including unprocessed or partially processed collections) across the continent.

Adapting to Digital Trends (2023)

Corbett, Rebecca

Digital Exhibitions and Projects are becoming more and more common as institutions seek to go beyond merely providing digitized materials and look to provide scholarly context around them. Here, I will introduce a digital project tentatively titled Off the Beaten Path: Alternative Views of the Fifty-Three Tōkaidō Stations. Typically, digital projects created by librarians focus on resources at their own institution, however, in this project librarians from three schools with small- to mid-sized collections for Japanese Studies (Duke University, University of Southern California, and the Ohio State University) are collaborating to bring together materials in their collections and develop a dynamic interpretive lens around them. We hope that by putting these materials in conversation with one other, in the digital environment, they can be made more meaningful than if studied in isolation.