Monday, September 26, 2011

Yomidas Rekishikan ヨミダス歴史館 now available!

We are pleased to announce that we updated our subscription from Yomidas Bunshokan to Yomidas Rekishikan ヨミダス歴史館.

The Yomidas Rekishikan is the largest newspaper article databse in Japan with over 10 million articles. The coverage date starts as early as the first publication on November 2, 1874. It is an excellent tool to get a deep insight of Japanese social life and customs, history, politics from the Meiji, Taisho, Showa periods, as well as present. In addition to the full-text articles, researchers are also able to search the advertisements.

The four sections of Yomidas Rekishikan include:
  • Yomiuri Shinbun 読売新聞: searchable newspaper articles from 1896 to present
  • Meiji/Taisho/Showa 明治・大正・昭和: searchable newspaper articles of Yomiuri Shinbun in image format from 1874 to 1989
  • Jinbutsu 人物: Who's Who of 26,000 entries
  • Daily Yomiuri: the English-language Daily Yomiuri since 1989
In order to access the Yomidas Rekishikan, please use the following permanent link:

We hope you find this resource useful for your research purposes. If you have any questions or would like assistance with using the Yomidas Rekishikan, please feel free to contact Fabiano Rocha, Japan Studies Librarian, at

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

EAL Newsletter for July 2011 Available on Library Website

The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library has just released the July 2011 EAL NEWSLETTER at

In this issue, you will find the following contents:

• New Resources for the Cultural Revolution Studies,
• Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library Receives Japan Foundation Grant,
• The H.H. Mu Far Eastern Library in the Royal Ontario Museum,
• as well as updating on notable acquisitions, new electronic databases and internet resources.

We hope you enjoy the contents and will welcome any of your comments, suggestions or feedback about the newsletter. Thanks!

Thursday, July 14, 2011


The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library is inaugurating a new public lecture series on the Magnificent Chinese Civilization. Starting from June 2011 till the summer 2012, there will be monthly public lectures in the East Asian Library about different aspects of Chinese culture, such as Chinese arts, Chinese dance, Chinese medicine, etc.

The first lecture of the series: Chinese Brush Painting (書畫) featured by Dr. Jason Kao and his friend Mr. Peng Ma(馬鵬). Dr. Kao talked about traditional Chinese painting techniques, and Mr. Peng Ma gave a live painting demonstration. The lecture was well received.


A book-lovers' forum was co-presented by Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library and Chinese Pen Society of Canada (CPSC). Writers read their own works and shared their tips on creative writing with the audience. CPSC also donated its members’ works to the East Asian Library.

Agenda & Biography
Donation from CPSC and Tianji Inc.

Time: 2 - 5:30pm, June 24, 2011
Place: Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, Rm 8049, 130 St. George Street,

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

EAL Film Lecture Series: Dora Nipp on 'Under the Willow Tree'

The East Asian Library is going to have our next EAL Film Lecture, Dora Nipp on her 1997 documentary film 'Under the Willow Tree', on June 9 2011, and you are cordially invited to attend the event:

EAL Film Lecture Series: Dora Nipp on 'Under the Willow Tree' (1997)

Time: 2:30-5:00 P.M., Thursday, June 9 2011

Location: Current Periodical Area, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

Please refer to the poster for more detailed information about the lecture and the speaker, and hope to see you on June 9.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Nikkoku Online Now Available Through JapanKnowledge!

We are pleased to announce that we have upgraded our subscription to JapanKnowledge to include Nikkoku Online. The Nikkoku Online is the electronic version of the Nihon Kokugo Daijiten, the largest Japanese language dictionary published by Shogakkan. We have the second edition (2000-2002) available in print at the Reference Section at the East Asian Library. It is comprised of 14 volumes (13 vols. + bessatsu).

Here is how you can access the Nikkoku Online:

1. Go to JapanKnowledge website:
2. You will be promted to log in by cliking on the ログイン button on the upper left corner of the page
3. On the left-hand column, look for 日本国語大辞典 and click on the 個別 button located beside it, as indicated on the image below

4. A separate window will open. Now you can input your search terms in the 検索語 box

We hope you find this resource useful for your study and research purposes!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fabiano Rocha, Japan Studies Librarian, at

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Full-text of Shipen Nihon Koten Bungaku Zenshū in Japan Knowledge

As of February 1, 2011, Japan Knowledge is pleased to announce that 23 titles from the 88 multi-volume set of the Shinpen Nihon Koten Bungaku Zenshū 新編日本古典文学全集 published by Shogakukan are now available and searchable in full-text. Please see below the list of the titles currently available:

Nihon Ryōiki日本霊異記, Taketori Monogatari 竹取物語, Ise Monogatari 伊勢物語, Yamato Monogatari 大和物語, Heichū Monogatari 平中物語, Tosa Nikki 土佐日記, Kagerō Nikki 蜻蛉日記, Utsuho Monogatari うつほ物語
Ochikubo Monogatari 落窪物語, Tsutsumi Chūnagon Monogatari 堤中納言物語, Makura no Sōshi 枕草子, Genji Monogatari 源氏物語, Izumi Shikibu Monogatari 和泉式部日記, Murasaki Shikibu Nikki 紫式部日記, Sarashina Nikki 更級日記, Sanukinosuke Nikki 讃岐典侍日記, Hamamatsu Chūnagon Monogatari 浜松中納言物語, Yoru no Nezame 夜の寝覚, Sagoromo Monogatari 狭衣物語, Hōjōki 方丈記, Tsurezuregusa 徒然草, Zuimonki 隋聞記, Tannishō 歎異抄

Access to Japan Knowledge's contents is available on campus or off-campus by signing in with your UTORid. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fabiano Rocha, Japan Studies Librarian, at

Thursday, January 27, 2011

EAL Film Lecture Series: Diana Dai, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

Come to EAL for Diana Dai's movie-screening lecture at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, 2001. Register your attendance with Lucy Gan (; 416-978-1025).

Time: 2:30 - 5:00 P.M., MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011

Place: Current Periodical Area, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

Speaker: Xiaoping Diana Dai

Session Chaired by: Lucy Gan

Diana Dai was born in China and obtained her B.A. degree in literature in a Chinese university. In 1991, she went to the United Kingdom where she obtained an M.A. in Communication Studies at the University of Leeds. She immigrated to Canada in 1996 as an independent professional and was one of the founders for the Mandarin program for OMNI TV and its host/producer from 1996 to 2007.

An experienced and multi-awards winning filmmaker, Diana Dai’s rich international working experience in the media field has made her work outstanding. She produced and directed documentaries with CBC and Vision TV. Her works were all critically acclaimed by The Globe and Mail and other media. Her documentary, China Earthquake: The People in the Pictures (2009), produced with the CBC won the 2009 Gemini Award and the 2010 Golden Sheaf Award in the “Best History Documentary” category.

In the EAL lecture, Diana will screen and talk about China Earthquake: The People in the Pictures (2009). The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and a small reception.