Japanese Studies


Professor Jean-Noël Robert
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 27 18 24

Presentation of the Institute

The Institute of Advanced Japanese Studies (Institut des Hautes Études Japonaises, IHEJ) was created in 1959 at the University of Paris by Charles Haguenauer. It has been part of the Collège de France since 1973. Its library is a key part of the institution.

The Institute of Advanced Japanese Studies library offers a number of services:

  • A major specialist library with excellent access for researchers to borrow and consult materials: the collection includes works on Japanese history, religions and literature from Antiquity to the end of the Edo period (1867). Its dual aim is to build a high-level reference collection and to provide researchers with the most comprehensive and up-to-date bibliographical information. It houses approximately 40,000 volumes.
  • A reference center electronic documents: the Institute of Advanced Japanese Studies library subscribes to a service provided by Japan’s National Diet Library allowing it to order copies of articles. It also belongs to a European consortium which aims to improve access to the Japan Knowledge database providing access to reference works (historical and language dictionaries, Who's Who, etc.), encyclopedias and collections of classic works (Toyo bunko).

• A research facility for specialists in the field, whatever their level and host institution: Institute of Advanced Japanese Studies funding includes financing from the Japanese team at the CNRS, which was incorporated into Research Unit UMR 8155 in 2006 (East Asian Civilizations Research Centre, http://www.crcao.fr/); this accounts for one third of its budget. Researchers are actively involved in selecting works to enrich the holdings.

  • A facility for preserving rare collections: since 2004, the Institute of Advanced Japanese Studies has housed the Louis Kreitmann collection, a private collection named after a French Army Engineer who lived in Japan from 1876 to 1878. This collection comprises, inter alia, two photography albums containing approximately 500 photographs of Japan dating from the 19th century collected or taken by Louis Kreitmann, as well as four collections of original illustrations (theatre costumes, portraits of foreigners, imaginary creatures) originating from the Tayasu family, a branch of the Tokugawa family.
    In 2008, the family of Bernard Frank, holder of the Chair in Japanese Civilization at the Collège de France from 1979 to 1996, donated his collection of around one thousand O-Fuda Buddhist votive images which Bernard Frank had collected over the course of his career.
    The Institute of Advanced Japanese Studies also holds an edition of the Wakan sansai zue (和漢三才図会) dating from the 19th century in its Castillon collection, which also includes 256 works, essentially in the field of botany.
  • A center for the publication of a series of works on classical Japan: the "Bibliothèque de l'Institut des Hautes Études Japonaises" currently comprises some fifty volumes, the latest of which has recently been published.

 Kaoru Baba (IE CNRS)
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 27 18 54
-  Nathalie Cazal (IE Collège de France)
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 27 18 06
Fax.: +33 (0)1 44 27 18 22

Reading room opening times: Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm
Loans: Monday to Friday, 2pm-5pm