In Japan, over 80,000 books are published every year. Many of them are notable works that should be shared with the rest of the world. However, the language barrier and the limited number of translations have been standing in the way.
Enter JAPAN LIBRARY, a truly rich and eclectic collection of remarkable Japanese books in translation hand-picked by experts in not only Japanese culture, but also politics, foreign policy, philosophy, social studies, and science and technology.
Established in cooperation with publishing professionals and many leading lights of various fields, JAPAN LIBRARY promises to reach a wider global audience. In doing so, we hope the collection will inspire and spark new intellectual dialogues that transcend nations and societies.



New Titles

The Building of Horyu-ji

The Technique and Wood that Made It Possible

Nishioka Tsunekazu and Kohara Jiro
Translated by Michael Brase


Essays on the History of Scientific Thought in Modern Japan

Edited by Kanamori Osamu
Translated by Christopher Carr and M. G. Sheftall


Fifteen Lectures on Showa Japan

Road to the Pacific War in Recent Historiography

Edited by Tsutsui Kiyotada
Translated by Noda Makito and Paul Narum


Kabuki, a Mirror of Japan

Ten Plays that Offer a Glimpse into Evolving Sensibilities

Matsui Kesako
Translated by David Crandall


The People and Culture of Japan

Conversations Between Donald Keene and Shiba Ryotaro

Donald Keene and Shiba Ryotaro
Translated by Tony Gonzalez


Flower Petals Fall, but the Flower Endures

The Japanese Philosophy of Transience

Takeuchi Seiichi
Translated by Michael Brase


If There Were No Japan

A Cultural Memoir

Roger Pulvers

Listen to the Voice of the Earth

Learn about earthquakes to save lives

Oki Satoko
Translated by Takako Iwaki


Saving the Mill

The amazing recovery of one of Japan’s largest paper mills following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami

Sasa Ryoko
Translated by Tony Gonzalez

Tree-Ring Management

Take the Long View and Grow Your Business Slowly

Tsukakoshi Hiroshi
Translated by Hart Larrabee



JAPAN LIBRARY publications are donated principally to universities and research institutions. We also sent them to the following public libraries.

Country State Library
Australia   National Library of Australia
Cambodia   Cambodian National Library
Canada AB Calgary Public Library
Canada AB Edmonton Public Library 
Canada BC Vancouver Public Library 
Canada MB Winnipeg Public Library 
Canada ON Hamilton Public Library 
Canada ON National Library of Canada 
Canada ON  Ottawa Public Library
Canada ON Toronto Public Library 
France   Bibliothèque nationale de France 
Germany   Deutsche Nationalbibliothek 
Japan   Osaka Prefectural Central Library 
Japan   National Diet Library 
Japan   Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library 
Laos   National Library of Laos 
Laos   National Library, Branch in Luang Prabang 
Malaysia   Perak State Public Library 
Malaysia   Selangor Public Library 
Philippines   The National Library of the Philippines 
Singapore   National Library Board of Singapore 
USA AL Birmingham Public Library 
USA CA Beverly Hills Public Library 
USA CA Los Angeles Public Library 
USA CA San Francisco Public Library 
USA IA  Cedar Rapids Public Library
USA IL Chicago Public Library 
USA MA Boston Public Library 
USA MD Baltimore County Public Library 
USA MI  Detroit Public Library
USA MO  St. Louis Public Library
USA NY Brooklyn Public Library 
USA NY  New York Public Library
USA OH Cleveland Public Library 
USA OH  Public Library of Cincinnati
USA TX Dallas Public Library 
USA UT Salt Lake City Public Library