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Japan Studies Collection: Audio/Visual

The guide provides resources to assist your research on Japan.


Japanese Visual Resources at UH

The UHM Japan Collection provides nearly 2,000 freely accessible images on Japan. 

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Wong A/V Center

The Wong A/V Center located in Sinclair Library provides a wide-range of videos, CDs, & DVDs related to Japan. See the next box below for an easy turorial how to search and check out A/V items.

Wong Audio Visual Guide: Many streaming video subscriptions from the Sinclair Library.

 Kanopy Video Streaming Services UHM Only

Historical Sounds

NDL Historical Sounds/国立国会図書館デジタル化資料歴史的音源  (alternative link

  • Historical sounds including music, rakugo, talks, etc. from 1900s to 1950s. Can search the entire collections. 
  • The picture, ndl sounds , indicates that it is available online. The others can be accessible onsite.

Other Useful Links

  • MangaPedia マンガペディア Online encyclopedia featuring comics: Although it has “login” button, users are not required to login. The articles are written by researchers and journalists specialized with manga,

Copyright & Permission Requests

When you need to use images from Japan for your scholarly publications, pay attention to copyrights and restrictions. Consult these resources for more details how you can use images from Japan.

  • IUP logoNCC Image Use Protocol privides very useful information on copyrights, image holders, and bilingual templates that you can use for your permission requests.
  • creative commons log  Creative Commons promotes open access of publications on the Internet.
  • Chosakuken Daicho/著作権台帳 Provides information on copyright holders in Japan