Research Resources

This section organizes some basic resources on doing academic research on Japan.

Directory of Japanese Studies in the United States and Canada

Compiled by the Japan Foundation, this online directory lists Japanese Studies programs at American and Canadian universities and colleges, libraries and museum collections, as well as individual information about Japan specialists.
Website: http://japandirectory.socialsciences.hawaii.edu

UM Resources on Japan

For links to University of Michigan resources on Japan including the Asia Library and the University of Michigan Museum of Art, see the UM Resources on Japan section of this website.

Funding for Research

For links to grants and fellowships for research on Japan related topics, see

Professional Associations

Association for Asian Studies (AAS, www.asian-studies.org) is the main national professional association for Japanese Studies.

American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ, www.aatj.org) is the national professional association focused on Japanese language and language pedagogy in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education.

In addition, many discipline-based professional associations sponsor special interest groups that focus on Japan, East Asia, or Asia.  The following is a partial list:

  • East Asian Anthropologists, sponsored by the American Anthropological Association
  • Japan Art History Forum, affiliated with College Art Association and the Association for Asian Studies
  • Section on Asia and Asian America, sponsored by the American Sociological Association

Online Discussion Forums and Lists

H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online (www.h-net.org) maintains numerous discussion lists on topics related to the humanities and the social sciences.  Lists may be organized by world region or by topic.  H-Japan and H-Asia are two region-based lists that include discussion related to Japan.

Research Guides by Subject

The North American Coordinating Committee on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) hosts a web portal on Japan-related research and study guides organized by subject.
http://guides.nccjapan.org/subjectguidesportal

Research Access at Japanese Libraries, Museums and Archives

NCC's Online Guide to Research Access in Japan's major Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLAs) with links to their key Websites
http://guides.nccjapan.org/researchaccess

Links to Online Archives and Research Materials

Working Words: New Approaches in Japanese Studies contains thirteen essays by scholars of Japan in the humanities on topics such as music/sound, history, Buddhist confession, beauty, otaku, native land, memory, science, and western art.  Made available through the University of California, Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies.
http://escholarship.org/uc/search?entity=cjs_workingwords

Kinema Club

Kinema Club is a website devoted to the study of Japanese moving image media (film, television, video), edited by scholars of Japanese film.  This site provides research, education, and reference information on Japanese cinema and other media and is also a peer-reviewed electronic publication.

http://kinemaclub.org/

Online Learning Materials

Visualizing Japan is a three-part mini-course taught entirely online in MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) format.  For more information and registration, see the course website.

http://harvardx.harvard.edu/visualizing-japan