I would like to announce a new database trial for the journals Taiyō, Bungei Kurabu and Kōyukai Zasshi. Please go to Nihon Kindai bungakukan for the trial at http://yagi.jkn21.com/. The trial ends on October 14, 2010. Any feedback is welcome, and will be helpful for us to make a decision about purchasing. Please send your comments to Haruko Nakamura (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Taiyō was a comprehensive journal published by Hakubunkan from Meiji 28 (1895) to Showa 3 (1928). The collection includes a total of 531 issues (175,000 pages), with contributions from approximately 6,500 authors. Fields covered are government, economics, society, general natural science, literature, and manners and customs. Because of its comprehensiveness, the online version of this journal provides plenty of useful features, including indexing with controlled vocabularies. All the colored illustrations are also included and indexed.
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The Bungei Kurabu is a representative literary magazine of the Meiji Era and it is a great resource on modern Japan, covering literature, the arts, theater, rakugo, customs, etc. This magazine was first published in 1895 as an amalgamation of a number of other journals, and immediately became a major venue for proponents promoting "pure literature" (Junbungaku) along with the Shin Shōsetsu from Shun'yōdō. Edited by such prominent intellectuals as Ishibashi Shian, Miyake Seiken, and Tamura Shōgi, the Bungei Kurabu was an enormously popular literary magazine at the time, with many loyal readers as well as contributors including Higuchi Ichiyō, Izumi Kyōka, Kunikida Doppo and Ozaki Kōyō. Some of these contributors' best known works, Ichiyō's "Takekurabe" (1895) and Doppo's "Genoji" (1897) just to name a few, first appeared in this magazine, and it remained one of the most dominant venues for Meiji literature until it gradually vulgarized to be a popular entertainment magazine toward the end of its publication in the Taishō period.
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This journal was published by First Higher School Alumni Association from November 1890 to June 1944, and is a valuable resource documenting the world of the illustrious alumni of First Higher School, one of the predecessors of Tokyo University. The articles of journal discusses the lives of leading figures in academia, the arts, and the business world.
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