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[Library] Notice of Digitized Contents Transmission Service via the National Diet Library

Copying is now available for the National Diet Library digitized material transmission service provided in the library. Please contact the library for details. 
  Those who can use the service
International House of Japan Members, Library Members, Program Members, Guests 
  Materials available
The following digital collection materials are available:
Books Books acquired by the NDL up to 1968
Parts of books related to earthquakes and natural disasters (including books acquired after 1968)
Periodicals Periodicals published more than five years ago
Rare Books and Old Materials Rare books, Semi-rare books, Japanese old books up to the Edo Period and Chinese old books up to the Qing Dynasty
Doctoral Dissertations Japanese doctoral dissertations received by the NDL between FY1990 and FY2000
For details, please see the list of materials published by the National Diet Library.
Utilization times
Open days (Monday to Saturday except national holidays) 9:00-18:00 * You can check when the library is open on the library calendar. * The deadline to apply is 17:00.
How to Use
Browsing: Please speak to the library staff. Copying: Please fill in the "National Diet Library Digitized Material Transmission Service Copy Application Form." All copying is done by the staff within the scope of copyright law. (You cannot print out by yourself.)
The staff will log in to the terminal and the National Diet Library Digital Collection. It is not permitted to take a picture of the screen with a camera, etc., or save the image to a USB flash memory, etc. The copying fee per frame is 30 yen for black and white, 100 yen for color. For details on this service, please refer to the National Diet Library "About the Digitized Material Transmission Service for Libraries." If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

[Library Display] Yume no hoteru no tsukurikata

We would like to introduce the book Yume no hoteru no tsukurikata.

The world of Japanese hotel architecture has played a role in international affairs in the form of welcoming foreign guests, spinning one part of the the history and genealogy of the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras.
And architecture, which takes a lot of space, time, cost, and human resources to complete, with people in different positions such as business owners, architects, builders, repair engineers, hotelmen, and customers, thus inherits a wealth of human relationships.

That intricately woven genealogy has been made three-dimensional throughout this book by the careful interviews and research of the author. In addition, the author himself has taken beautiful photographs of elegant architectural details, so that you can feel the lively feelings and exchanges of those who have devoted themselves to business and architecture. Scattered throughout this book, they will make you want to visit each hotel.

This book introduces hotels from all over Japan by renowned modern Japanese architects from multiple perspectives. The International House of Japan is introduced with the phrase “a ‘house' for international cultural exchange fostered by friendship between Japan and the United States."

The careers and the relationships of Kunio Maekawa, Junzo Yoshimura, and Junzo Sakakura, who left a big mark in the genealogy of the architectural world and were involved in the joint design of the I-House, and the stories of Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Antonin Raymond, William Merrell Vories and the I-House are very readable.
After reading this book you are sure to have a new way of looking at architecture and at the Japan where their architecture stands quietly in each locality.

Yume no hoteru no tsukurikata
X-Knowledge, 2020.12
Publisher description:

  • Period: Monday, February 1 – Wednesday, March 31, 2021
  • Place: The Library, International House of Japan

[Library] Temporary suspension of the Library Catalog (OPAC)( Feb. 7)

Due to the electric power cut scheduled on Sunday, February 7, our Library Catalog (OPAC) will be suspended during the following period.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Period: Sunday, February 7, 2021, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm


[Library] Change in the opening hours of the Periodical Section (Sep. 24, 2020)

The opening hours of the periodical section will change from Sunday, Sep. 27 as follows:

Hours of operation (periodical section)
Monday through Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm (including Holidays)

The library staff will be absent on Sundays and Holidays.
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we ask library users to please open and close the windows by themselves to ensure proper ventilation.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thank you for your understanding.

[Library] Reopening of I-House Library (from May 27, 2020)

In response to the lifting of the state of emergency and relaxation of the request by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to close public facilities including libraries, we have decided to reopen the Library from Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) from now on, we are adopting the following measures:

・Hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm. (Periodical section is also open on Sundays and Holidays.)

・Please refrain from using the library if you have a fever, cough, or otherwise feel ill.

・Please avoid the close-contact with others in closed spaces (the Cs) when using the library.

・Please wear a mask and sanitize your hand at the entrance.

・In order to prevent infection, the number of seats has been reduced to prevent users from being seated close together.

・The Library staff is disinfecting the used computers, tables, desks, chairs, and other furnishings.

・The windows are opened for ventilation.

・Library staff will wear masks.

・A clear protective screen is installed at the counter.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, but we would greatly appreciate your kind understanding and cooperation.

The International House of Japan Library

[Library] Newly Arrived Books

A list of new books is available here. (continuously updated)



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