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Online and Print Dictionaries
Online dictionaries

Rikai - Browser plugin that provides kanji readings and meanings when you hover over Japanese text. (Chrome).

Jim Breen WWWJDict

Goo Jisho

Tangorin Japanese Use hashtags to limit to a domain of knowledge, like #law or #science.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Japan Knowledge Plus contains Japanese and English/Japanese dictionaries, including:
  • The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Words
  • the Shogakukan Unabridged Dictionary of the Japanese Language
  • the Digital Dai-ji-sen Japanese Dictionary
  • the Shogakukan Random House English-Japanese Dictionary

Print dictionaries

Merriam-Webster's Japanese-English learner's dictionary
Random House Japanese-English English-Japanese dictionary
Japanese business language : an essential dictionary Kodansha's effective Japanese usage dictionary: a concise explanation of frequently confused words and phrases
Oxford picture dictionary. English/Japanese

Complete list of dictionaries available at KL:  Japanese language dictionaries
Find background information
Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture

Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) : Contains biographies, critical analysis and bibliographies for authors of every nation and literary discipline. It has a volume on medieval Japanese writers, another on the 1868-1945 period and one on post World War II authors.

Encyclopedia of Japan

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture

A Concise dictionary of modern Japanese history

Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Kodansha): the most comprehensive encyclopedia about Japan in the English language. Also online via Japan Knowledge Plus

Country information:
Find Books
Japanese language readers at KL

eBook collections

HathiTrust--Subject: Japan Freely available e-books related to Japan

Aozora Bunko Full-text classical Japanese literature

Kindai Digital Library Digitized books from the Meiji and Taisho periods.
Beyond Kresge Library

To request an item from another library:
MelCat (Michigan libraries)
ILLiad (libraries worldwide), using the WorldCat catalog to find books.
Find articles
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Japan Knowledge Plus

Consists of over 30 titles of reference materials and some full text journals. Includes encyclopedias like the Encyclopedia Nipponica (in Japanese) and the Kodansha Encyclopedia (in English), as well as a number of dictionaries such as the Shogakukan Random House English-Japanese dictionary, with 345,000 entries. Also includes atlases, videos, and full text books (the collection of Tokyo bunko). See complete list.

JSTOR Hundreds of full-text journals in a variety of subject areas, including Japanese literature, history, arts, etc. Includes the Journal of Japanese Studies and Monumenta Nipponica. Coverage of most journals extends back to the journal's first issue (sometimes in the 1800s) up to, but not including the last few years.

Tips for searching JSTOR:
  • always choose "advanced search".
  • You can select "Asian studies" from the list of disciplines, but other disciplines may include articles about Japan.
 CiNii Articles
Search academic articles published in academic society journals, university research bulletins or articles included in the National Diet Library's Japanese Periodicals Index Database and databases.major features. Many articles are open access while others can be requested via InterLibrary Loan.

Project MUSE
Contains a few journals in Asian studies, including recent issues of the Journal of Japanese Studies and Monumenta Nipponica.

MLA International Bibliography
A subject index for books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. Covers Japanese language and literature as well as Japanese Canadian literature.

Historical Abstracts
The most comprehensive listing of articles for the history of countries outside North America.

Japan-related journals:
Digital collections
Digital Collections of the National Archives of Japan
Includes documents, scrolls, maps, photographs, drawings, and more. Can be searched and browsed by category.

National Diet Library, Kindai Digital Library
Full text of some 35,000 titles from the Meiji era (1868-1912). Guidance in English.

Japanese Centre of International P.E.N.
Full text of modern Japanese literature.

E-Asia Digital Library: Japan
Japanese books and resources in English translation provided by the University of Oregon.

Kyoto University Digital Library
Find images
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff ARTstor
ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.
Includes over 14,000 images from or about Japan.

East Asia Image Collection
An open-access archive of digitized photographs, negatives, postcards, and slides of imperial Japan (1868-1945), its Asian empire (1895-1945) and occupied Japan (1947-52)
Free Online Language Learning Tools
Linguee: dictionary and search engine displaying words in context

- a wiki where native speakers can post the pronounciation of words. You can learn how to pronounce a word and also see how speakers in different regions pronounce it differently. 

- a fun way to learn new vocabulary

CAPL - a growing collection of images for language learning

JapanesePod101 - Almost daily podcast that provides daily Japanese lessons at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Subscribe in iTunes.

Lang-8 - Write journal entries in the language you are learning and native speakers will help correct grammar and vocabulary.

Anki - A spaced repetition software (SRS) flashcard program, offers excellent Japanese support. Users share decks of vocabulary, grammar, and kanji.
Websites of interest
Japan Foundation (English)
Japanese government sponsored grants and events.
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