Library Activities

Library Activities

The library conducts various activities related to strengthening the information infrastructure of Japanese studies.


[Library Display] Matsukata Collection & Related Books

At the entrance of our library, introducing the catalogue of the "Matsukata Collection" built up by businessman Kojiro Matsukata in the early Taisho era, and library books related to the Matsukata family.

“The Matsukata Collection: Complete Catalogue of the European Art” published in 2018 is an extensively revised and expanded edition based on recent research, a quarter of a century after the first edition was published in 1990. Just before its publication, major news occurred in the art world: Monet's masterpiece "Water Lilies, Reflections of Weeping Willows," a work owned by Matsukata which had long been missing, had been discovered in France in a damaged state and handed over to the National Museum of Western Art for restoration.

The founder of the I-House, the late Shigeharu Matsumoto, struggled during earlier negotiations between France and Japan for the return of works. This display introduces books describing Matsukata's life and the turbulent fate of the collection as well as writings about the Matsukata family, including Kojiro Matsukata and Shigeharu Matsumoto.
Our library is one of the few libraries where you can see both the first and second editions of the catalogue.

The library would like to express its sincere gratitude to Mr. Shichiro Matsukata for donating the following journal "Matsukata Korekushon no Subete," and for his valued support to the International House of Japan as a long-time member.
Matsukata Korekushon no subete : sūki na unmei o tadotta jitsugyōka Matsukata Kōjirō
Sanei, 2019.6
[日本語棚||700]
Publisher description:
https://www.sun-a.com/magazine/detail.php?pid=10852
 
  
  • Period: Friday, October 30 – Monday, December 28, 2020
  • Place: The Library, International House of Japan

Archives

[Library Display] Matsukata Collection & Related Books
[Exhibition of Books] Spring in Japanese
[Exhibition of Books] Memorial Exhibition for Mr. Fumio Matsuo
[Joint Exposition of Books] A Tribute to Kawabata Yasunari
[Joint Exposition of Books] Nō and Kyōgen
[Exposition of Books] Memorial Exposition for Professor Donald Keene
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Craig Mod—The Walk and Talk: Koya Bound and Walk Design
[Joint Exposition of Books] Basho&Haiku
[The James C. Abegglen Memorial Collection at the International House of Japan Library 10th Anniversary Session]
[Joint Exposition of Books] Kabuki・Bunraku
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Elise Wessels and Marije Jansen Talk about Japan: Modern – Japanese Prints from the Elise Wessels Collection
[Joint Exposition of Books] 90 Year Memorial for Akutagawa Ryūnosuke
[Joint Exposition of Books] The Bakumatsu -the end of the Edo period-
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Itoh Keiko talks about Japanese in Britain, 1863-2001: A Photographic Exhibition
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
I-House members and others read The Dreaming of the Bones by W. B. Yeats, featuring the Noh play Nishikigi, in a session arranged by Ogoura Kazuo
[Joint Exposition of Books] Natsume Sōseki Centennial
[Library] Award for Organizations of Distinguished Services from the Japan Special Libraries Association
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] John C. Weber talks about A New Yorker’s View of the World: The John C. Weber Collection
[Joint Exposition of Books] Architecture in Japan
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Ambassador Radu Şerban reads from his book Closer to the Sky (Sora e Ayumu)
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Kent Calder reads from Wind of the Age : Collected Reflections : April, 2014–March, 2015
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman read from Last Boat to Yokohama : The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon
[Joint Exposition of Books] 50 Year Memorial for Tanizaki Junichiro
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
I-House Members read The Lady Aoi
—from Five Modern Noh Plays by Mishima Yukio, featuring a traditional Noh play, in a session arranged by Mr. Ogoura Kazuo
[Joint Exposition of Books] English Materials on Nuclear Energy in Japan
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Giorgio Amitrano reads from Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
[Joint Exposition of Books] Materials on “Washoku” and French Cuisine as Cultural Heritage
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Sir David Warren reads from The Custom House by Francis King
The World of Gerald Vizenor Special Lecture Series in Tokyo
Lecture 2 [Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Gerald Vizenor reads from his latest work Favor of Crows
[Joint Exposition of Books] English materials on the March 11 Tohoku earthquake
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Ambassador Lars Vargö reads from Out by Natsuo Kirino
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Gayle K. Sato reads from Tropic of Orange by Karen Tei Yamashita
[Joint Exposition of Books] Japanese Literature in English
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Roger Buckley reads from Fireworks and unpublished works by Angela Carter
[Japan Specialist Workshop] 2013 Symposium
[Japan Specialist Workshop] 2012 Open Meeting
[Japan Specialist Workshop] 2012 List of Participants
[Japan Specialist Workshop] 2012 Call for Participants
[Japan Specialist Workshop] 2011 Participants
[Japanese Studies Information Specialist Training Workshop]

Inquiries

The Library, The International House of Japan
5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
TEL: 03-3470-3213 (Mon.-Sat., 9:00 am-6:00 pm)
FAX: 03-3475-0424