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April 1, 2021

Spring 2021 Donation

The annual donation has been sent out and should be arriving at all of the libraries and institutions included in our donation program. To see the full list of titles included in this year's donation, please refer to this article.

March 4, 2021

New Titles for Spring 2021

While working through a pandemic, we have managed to put together fourteen newly translated works for Spring 2021. The titles in this list will be donated to the libraries and institutions included in our donation program this upcoming spring. The books will be made available for purchase starting from April. eBook editions will follow shortly.

December 23, 2020

Winter Holiday Hours / 2020 Donation Delivery

For the 2020/21 holiday season JAPAN LIBRARY will be on break from December 28~January 4. Although some staff will be working from home, we will be back in the office on January 5th (Tuesday).

May 18, 2020

[UPDATED] Event Cancellation/Postponement

JAPAN LIBRARY titles are exhibited at multiple conferences every year. Two of which are the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference and the International Studies Association (ISA) conference, both held annually in a major city in America or Canada.

April 7, 2020

Work from Home

With an official state of emergency to be declared for Tokyo and six other prefectures due to the spread of the coronavirus in Japan, the team at JAPAN LIBRARY has shifted to working mostly from home.

March 23, 2020

[NOTICE] Annual Donation Postponement

Given the current state of affairs worldwide regarding COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the annual donation of JAPAN LIBRARY titles. Typically, the books are sent out from Japan around the end of March each year.

February 10, 2020

2020 Lineup

After countless hours of translation, editing, proofreading, and fine tuning; the lineup for the 2020 series has finally come together. The following thirteen titles will be published by JPIC while the last two titles are being published in cooperation with University of Michigan Press and Lynne Rienner Publishers respectively.

December 25, 2019

New Office Location

With growth comes change, so the JAPAN LIBRARY team and the rest of JPIC will be moving to a new office. Starting from January 14, 2020, our office location will be at the address listed below.

November 22, 2019

Upcoming Paperback Editions

In addition to the new 2020 series lineup, we are planning to reprint four backlist titles in paperback edition. The paperback editions have been revised and fine tuned and thanks to the lower cost of production, the retail price will be lower compared to the hardcover edition.

November 18, 2019

2019-2020 Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prize

Translator Matt Treyvaud was selected by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture as one of the recipients of the 2019-2020 Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prize for his translation of The Music of Color, the English edition of Shimura Fukumi's Iro o kanaderu (色を奏でる).

September 27, 2019

Distribution for Europe, Russia, and the Middle East [Autumn 2019 catalog]

For the regions of Europe, Russia, and the Middle East we are now working with John Rule Art Book Distribution and Marston Book Services. John Rule is based in London, UK and offers professional, personal services that you can only get with a small company.

August 30, 2019

Translator Eleanor Goldsmith Interview

An interview with Eleanor Goldsmith, translator of Every Day a Good Day, was featured on the website of British author Patrick Sherriff. The interview covers how she came to be involved with Japanese tea culture and the backstory behind her translation of Every Day a Good Day.

July 10, 2019

Japanese Lacquerware Exhibition in London (July 11-September 21)

In conjunction with the Japanese lacquerware exhibition "A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Makie" featuring works by contemporary artist Koyanagi Tanekuni, copies of the JAPAN LIBRARY title The Book of Urushi will be available for purchase at the bookstore located in the venue along with many other titles focused on Japanese art.

July 4, 2019

Now Exhibiting in Singapore (July 4-6, 2019)

We are currently exhibiting at the ISA ASIA-PACIFIC conference in Singapore. The conference is 3-days long and runs until July 6th, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm everyday.

May 9, 2019

Upcoming Summer 2019 Publications

JAPAN LIBRARY titles are typically published at the same time every year around March in one concise package. However, sometimes there are a few outliers that fall outside of this time frame and are published at other times of the year.

April 16, 2019

ICAS 11 in Leiden

July is already proving to be a busy month for JAPAN LIBRARY. In addition to AAS-in-ASIA, we will be exhibiting at the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 11).

April 8, 2019

AAS-in-ASIA 2019 Exhibition

This summer, JAPAN LIBRARY will be exhibiting at the AAS-in-ASIA conference in Bangkok, Thailand (July 1-3). This year's conference is hosted by Thammasat University and co-hosted by the Association for Asian Studies.

February 14, 2019

New 2019 Lineup and Spring Events

We are proud to announce this year's lineup of all brand new titles. The 2019 series consists of 12 titles published by JPIC with an additional 3 titles published through overseas publishers working in cooperation with JPIC.

January 31, 2019

Fall & Winter News

This past fall, JAPAN LIBRARY debuted at the American Political Science Association (APSA) conference in Boston, MA. Almost directly afterwards, JL then took a trip across the pond and exhibited for the first time at the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) conference in Sheffield, UK.