The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) has published a new version of its online “Guide to Research Access in Japan’s major Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLAs) with links to their key Websites.”
There’s tons of stuff in here, and I’m sure that in my random poking around I’ve missed some things that might be of particular usefulness or importance, but the site includes:
*A brief guide to visiting Japanese institutions, including how to plan for your visit, how to find which institutions have the materials you’re looking for, and reminding us to look into whether a letter of introduction is necessary, as well as discussing briefly how to obtain longer-term official affiliation with a Japanese institution.
*A rather extensive list of research resources, including Cultural Organizations, sources of Funding, and Discussion Groups
*A list of institutions in Japan, from Aoyama Gakuin to Waseda.
*A wonderful guide to requesting image use permissions from Japanese institutions, complete with fillable templates for letters or forms asking for permission.
I know this blog post right here doesn’t look all that impressive or anything, but I promise, this NCC website is a majorly useful resource. Go take a look, and add it to your bookmarks. I’ve certainly added it to mine.