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Japan Studies Collection: Biographical Information

The guide provides resources to assist your research on Japan.



Selected Print Source


  • Portraits of Modern Japanese Historical Figures ( English / Japanese )
    The NDL site provides two hundred statesmen, government officials, military officers, businessmen, and others who had an impact on building modern Japanese society. Can search by category and Japanese alphabetical order.

Family Crests/家紋


  • Kamon World/家紋
    WorldMany images of Japanese family crests and brief descriptions


Online Database Through UHM Library
(Valid UHM username and password are required)

  • Japan Knowledge  
    Nihon Jinmei Daijiten 日本人名大辞典 (65,000+ from the  Kojiki, Nihon Shoki to the present. , JK Who's Who (the people in the spotlight in every field. daily updated news on the people).
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Other Useful Websites

  • Heian Jinbutsu shi/平安人物志 (English / Japanese)
    Nichibunken's database offers a Who's Who of Kyoto in the Edo period. It brings together information on literati and connoisseurs of various arts from all parts of the city and its environs.
  • Kinsei Kijinden: sei, zoku/近世畸人伝 正・続 (English / Japanese)
    Nichibunken's database provides digitized full text and prints of Kinsei kijinden biographical information of people during the Tokugawa (Edo) period.  Also printed version is available at UHM Library (Sei / Zoku)
  • Writers from Japan (English)
    Collection of English language sites of Japanese women writers.

Printed Version

  • Kokushi Daiiiten/国史大辞典  Also via Japan Knowledge (UHM Only)
    One of the largest encyclopedias of Japanese history.  It encompasses every aspect of Japan's history and includes entries in related fields such as archaeology, folklore, religion, art, Japanese language, Japanese literature and geography.

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