I would also like to announce the new research guide “Resource Guide to Japanese Studies at Yale http://guides.library.yale.edu/japan.” The guide is intended to function two ways:
First, it provides information on how to find materials using reference sources or the latest databases. Below are some examples:
• Japanese Reference Materials for Japanese Cinema - Prof. Aaron Gerow’s “Research Guide to Japanese Film Studies,” tailored to resources in the Yale University Library.
• Japanese Studies Primary Sources in Western Languages - aims to provide an overview of English-language primary source materials in Yale's collections related to the study of Japan.
Second, the guide introduces not only Japanese rare books and manuscripts in the Beinecke, East Asia Library, and Manuscripts and Archive Collections, but also other special collections, such these, available through the Japanese Special Collections page at Yale.
• LGBTQ Collection – along with the strong LGBTQ collection at Yale, the library has been collecting materials on LGBTQ communities in Japan since 2006.
• Japanese film ephemera collection - printed materials on Japanese films include handbills (chirashi), press kits, theater pamphlets, film newsletters as well as catalogs, and date from approximately 1970 to the present.
• Masaki Motoi Ikebana collection - houses over 160 journal titles, exhibit catalogues, and monographs on ikebana.
• Japan related collections in Manuscripts and Archives, etc.
The pages will continue to be modified and grow in number. I would really appreciate any comments and suggestions for enhancing the guide.