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Before You Begin Your Research on Japan

Before you begin your research, you might want to check the following points. Additional sources are listed under the Source Type--Basic Research and Biographical Information

  • JapanKnowledge  Icon
    What is the general understanding of the topic of your research? Provides access to basic Japanese reference sources including encyclopedias and dictionaries (e.g., 日本大百科全書, 日本国語大辞典, 國史大辭典, Encyclopedia of Japan, etc.) as well as 東洋文庫 and 新編日本古典文学全集 series. Click here for instructional videos.
  • リサーチ・ナビ  Icon
    Are there useful research guides for specific topics or specific types of materials? The National Diet Library of Japan provides many research guides covering a wide range of subjects and special materials.
  • Kaken  Icon
    What research has been done in Japan? Kaken database provides information on research projects funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science from 1965 to 2009 and their research results.
  • ReaD: Directory Database of Research and Development Activities  Icon
    Who does the research in the academia and what research resources are available in Japan? ReaD database maintained by the Japan Science and Technology Agency provides information on research institutes, researchers, research projects, and research resources in Japan.
  • Academic Society Home Village  Icon
    What academic societies exist in a specific field? The National Institute of Informatics compiles links to homepages of academic societies in Japan.
 

Searching Japanese Materials

Japanese language materials at UCLA Library can be searched either using original Japanese scripts (ひらがな, カタカナ, 漢字) or the modified Hepburn Romanization (transliteration) system. The modified Hepburn Romanization system is slightly different from the official Romanzation (訓令式) system currently used by Japanese goverments. The following links offer information about the modified Hepburn Romanization system:

Japanese Romanization Table
A table of Japanese alphabets (ひらがな) and equivalent Romanized letters.

LC (Library of Congress) and ALA (American Library Association) Romanization Table for Japanese
Detailed explanation of the guidelines that many American libraries follow when romanizing Japanese materials.

Note that when searching UCLA library catalog using Japanese scripts, there should be no space between words. For example, type "日本国家の形成" and not "日本 国家 の 形成."

However, when searching using Romanization, space after each word, including prepositional word. Example: "Nihon kokka no keisei."

 

Japanese Romanization Table

日本語ローマ字綴り一覧表

あ       a い       i う       u え       e お       o
か       ka き       ki く       ku け       ke こ       ko
さ       sa し       shi す       su せ       se そ       so
た       ta ち       chi つ       tsu て       te と       to
な       na に       ni ぬ       nu ね       ne の       no
は       ha ひ       hi ふ       fu へ       he ほ       ho
ま       ma み       mi む       mu め       me も       mo
や       ya い       i ゆ       yu え       e よ       yo
ら       ra り       ri る       ru れ       re ろ       ro
わ       wa ゐ       i う       u ゑ       e を       o
ん       n        
が       ga ぎ       gi ぐ       gu げ       ge ご       go
ざ       za じ       ji ず       zu ぜ       ze ぞ       zo
だ       da ぢ       ji づ       zu で       de ど       do
ば       ba び       bi ぶ       bu べ       be ぼ       bo
ぱ       pa ぴ       pi ぷ       pu ぺ       pe ぽ       po
きゃ       kya   きゅ       kyu   きょ       kyo
しゃ       sha   しゅ       shu   しょ       sho
ちゃ       cha   ちゅ       chu   ちょ       cho
にゃ       nya   にゅ       nyu   にょ       nyo
ひゃ       hya   ひゅ       hyu   ひょ       hyo
みゃ       mya   みゅ       myu   みょ       myo
りゃ       rya   りゅ       ryu   りょ       ryo
ぎゃ       gya   ぎゅ       gyu   ぎょ       gyo
じゃ       ja   じゅ       ju   じょ       jo
びゃ       bya   びゅ       byu   びょ       byo
ぴゃ       pya   ぴゅ       pyu   ぴょ       pyo

 

※本表及びその他用法で注意すべき点

1. 長音   母音の上に長音符( ¯ )をつけて示す。
  (ここではフォントの都合により左上部に付いています)
  ¯a (アー)、¯u (ウー)、¯o (オー) など。
  外来語は ¯i、 ¯e を付けて正確に記す。
  t¯i (ティー)、t¯e (テー)、d¯i (ディー)、d¯e (デー)、f¯i (フィー)、f¯e (フェ―)
  但し「経験」、「性格」、「英語」等は ei 音を使用。
  keiken 経験(けいけん) seikaku 性格(せいかく) eigo 英語(えいご)
   
2. 発音   通常ヘボン式では b、m、p の前は n の代わりに m を置くが、ここでは置かない。
  shinbun 新聞(しんぶん) shinmai 新米(しんまい) ranpu ランプ
   
3. 促音   子音を重ねて示す。
  kokkai 国会(こっかい) appaku 圧迫(あっぱく) tosshin 突進(とっしん)
  但し、chi (チ)、cha (チャ)、chu (チュ)、cho (チョ)音に限り、その前に t を加える。
  mitchaku 密着(みっちゃく) netch¯u 熱中(ねっちゅう)
   
*Tips   「ヘボン(Hepburn)」とは日本で初の和英辞典を著した米国人宣教師の名前です。

Making a Research Trip to Japan

If you are planning a research trip to Japan, you might want to bring with you a letter of introduction to access to Japanese libraries. The UCLA Library can also assist you to set up special arrangements with certain Japanese academic libraries before your trip to Japan. Please contact Toshie Marra for more information.

The Paul I. & Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies offers research travel funds.

You might also find the following research guides useful for preparion of your research trip to Japan:

 

Contact Japanese Studies Librarian

UCLA East Asian Library
21617 Young Research Library Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Tel. 310.825.4836
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