Collection materials in format
The Japonica Collection consists of several donations received in the 20th century.
The Japonica Collection consists of several donations received in the 20th century. Finnish researchers of Japanology have played a central role in forming the collection. The collection has around 600 titles in 1300 volumes.
Temporal coverage of the collection19th century modern times (1900-)
Spatial coverage of the collectionEast Asia
Main collectionSpecial Collections
Parent collectionSpecial collections formed in the library
Restrictions of useOnly for Special Collections Reading Room
More information about cataloguing
A printed catalogue (found, e.g., at the Special Collections Reading Room):
Salomaa, Tero, Annotated catalogue of the Japonica Collection. Publications of the Helsinki University Library 56. Helsinki 1994.
Parallel collectionsA. E. Nordenskiöld Collection Buddhist Collection
The collection consists of several donations and acquisitions, which are closely connected to researchers of Japanology and the relationship between Finland and Japan. In 1936, the Finnish-Japanese Society gave 390 volumes as a donation carrying the name of the society's president, Baron Takaharu Mitsui. After the Second World War, Karl Gustav Idman (1885-1961), who acted as Finland's ambassador of Japan from 1939 to 1944, donated around 20 significant books. After the Japanese embassy left the country in 1944, librarian Aarne Mustonen acquired the embassy's estate from a junk shop and donated 168 titles in the 1950s. In the 1950s, the collection was expanded with a section containing 138 titles as a consequence of correspondence between the Head of literary department of Japan's Ministry of Education, Shigenori Baba and researcher of Japanology Marta Keravuori. In addition to this, all research literature concerning Japanese studies from the home library of Gustaf John Ramstedt (1873–1950), the first chargé d'affaires of Japan in Finland, was added to the collection. These works have plenty of markings made by Ramstedt himself. The collection is still complemented with various acquisitions, such as transfers from the departments of Asian and African languages and cultures.
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