Online Japanese-Language Bibliographies for Pre-Modern Japanese History

Below are some of the online Japanese-language bibliographical resources that I have found useful. I’ve included a lot of “databases” that may not be bibliographies in the strict sense of the term, but seem to fit better here than anywhere else. All of the resources listed here contain valuable information, but some are particularly noteworthy. The “Nihon kotenseki sōgō mokuroku” is invaluable for tracking down sources. The Historiographical Institute at the University of Tokyo has a collection of major databases. The National Institute of Japanese Literature hosts a lot of material, and best of all, you can search through most of it at once using the nihuINT (Integrated Retrieval System).


Fujimaki Sachio. “Shūshien” 聚史苑 [Collection of historical studies material].See the 日本史研究参考基礎史料一覧 link for a list of historical sources for each period.

Kokubungaku Kenkyū Shiryōkan 国文学研究資料館 [National Institute of Japanese Literature]. “Denshi shiryōkan dētābēsu” 電子資料館データーベース [Digital archives database].

——. “Ākaibuzugaku bunken dētābēsu” アーカイブズ学文献データベース.

——. “Nihon kotenseki sōgō mokuroku” 日本古典籍総合目録 [Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books].

——. “Denki kaidai dētābēsu” 伝記解題データベース.

——. “Hokubei Nihon kotenseki shozō kikan direkutori” 北米日本古典籍所蔵機関ディレクトリ [Directory of North American collections of old and rare Japanese books, other print materials, and manuscripts]. According to the site, “This directory provides information on libraries and museums in North America that hold old and rare Japanese materials, including manuscripts, printed books, and single sheet items, such as maps and ukiyoe prints.”

——. “Izu Nirayama Egawa-ke mono dētābēsu” 伊豆韮山江川家文書データベース [Egawa family papers database, Nirayama, the Province of Izu].

——. “Kanzō jinja meisaichō dētābēsu” 館蔵神社明細帳データベース.

——. “Kindai bunken jōhō dētābēsu” 近代文献情報データベース [Bibliographical information database of Japanese modern times].

——. “Kohitsu sekishoshū jōhō dētābēsu” 古筆切所収情報データベース [Fragmentary manuscripts database of Japan].

——. “Kokubungaku ronbun mokuroku dētābēsu” 国文学論文目録データベース [Database of research theses in Japanese literature].

——. “Nihon bungaku kokusai kyōdō kenkyū dētābēsu” 日本文学国際共同研究データベース.

——. “Nihon jitsugyōshi hakubutsukan korekushon” 日本実業史博物館コレクションデータベース.

——. “Nihon koten shiryō chōsa dētābēsu” 日本古典資料調査データベース [Classical books and materials database of Japan].

——. nihuINT (Integrated Retrieval System).

——. “Ōshū shozai Nihon kosho sōgō mokuroku” 欧州所在日本古書総合目録 [Union catalogue of early Japanese books in Europe].

——. “Rekishi jinbutsu gazō dētābēsu” 歴史人物画像データベース [Historical personages image database].

——. “Shiryō shozai jōhō kensaku shisutemu” 史料所在情報・検索システム. Not yet available.

——. “Shiryō jōhō kyōyūka dētābēsu” 史料情報共有化データベ-ス [National archival information database network].

——. “Shozō wakosho, maikuro / dejitaru mokuroku dētābēsu” 所蔵和古書・マイクロ/デジタル目録データベース [Catalogue of early Japanese books and catalogue of early Japanese books in microform or digital format at NIJL].

——. “Shūzō rekishi ākaibuzu ichiran” 収蔵歴史アーカイブズ一覧.

——. “Wakokubon kanseki sōgō “ 和刻本漢籍総合データベース [Database of Chinese classics published in Japan].

Kyoto University. “Zenkoku kanseki dētābēsu” 全國漢籍データベース [Union Catalog of Premodern Chinese Books in Japan].

Murakami Kiyoshi 村上潔. “Nihon Chūseishi kenkyū kisoteki shoseki, ronbun risuto: Tōyō Daigaku Chūseishi kenkyūkai-ban 日本中世史研究基礎的書籍・論文リスト<東洋大学中世史研究会版>.

Nomura Tomohiro 野村朋弘. “Kamakura jidai” 鎌倉時代 [Kamakura period]. See the 中世部類記 link for an extensive list of resources including a handy glossary for terminology used in diplomatics (komonjo 古文書).

Seta Katsuya 瀬田勝哉. “Kanmon nikki zemi” 看聞日記ゼミ [Kanmon nikki seminar]. This is a little too specific to be useful for most people, except that it is an excellent example of how to construct a list of references for a project, and I really wish I would have stumbled across it when I was reading this diary as part of a research group at Kansai University. This diary appears to be widely used in Japan for seminars on the medieval period. I have attributed this to Professor Seta Katsuya, but I do not know who the authored the PDF. It may have been put together by graduate students and other members of the “Seta Seminar” (Professor Seta Katsuya’s 瀬田勝哉 seminar) at Musashi University.

Tōkyō Daigaku Shiryō Hensanjo 東京大学史料編纂所 [Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo]. “Tōkyō Daigaku shiryō hensanjo dētābēsu kensaku” 東京大学史料編纂所 データーベース検索 [Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo Database Search]. Most of these databases prove themselves useful on a regular basis, and it is worth the effort to spend some time with each one in order to familiarize yourself with it.

Yoshimura Takehiko 吉村武彦. “Meiji Daigaku Yoshimura Takehiko zemi” 明治大学 吉村武彦ゼミ [Meiji University, Yoshimura Takehiko’s seminar]. See the 研究と教育 link for bibliographies of resources for early Japanese history.