Private View: Explore the Japanese collection at the British Library

Did you know that British Library is the home of more than 400 manuscripts and 4,000 printed works created before the Meiji Restoration? Among the highlights of the Japanese collection are the 8th-century Hyakumantō darani, the oldest example of printing in Japan, lavishly illustrated Nara ehon manuscripts and 16th century works printed by the Jesuits.

From mediaeval materials to modern calligraphic works, from books and manuscripts in the Okinawan and Ainu languages to the latest Japan-related publications, journals, newspapers and electronic resources, the Japanese collection at the British Library is an invaluable resource for researchers, teachers and anyone interested in Japan.

The Japan Society is pleased to invite members to a special tour to explore the Japanese collection at the British Library with Hamish Todd, Head of East Asian Collections. We are grateful to Hamish and his colleagues for arranging this exciting opportunity.

Members are asked to arrive at 5.45pm for a prompt 6pm start. After a 30 minute tour of the British Library building, we will be taken to the Asian & African Studies Reading Room for a private view of highlights of the Japanese collection in a variety of formats, books, manuscripts and maps. The event will end at about 7.45pm.

Date: Wednesday 3 April 2019, 5.45 for 6:00 pm – 8.00pm
Venue: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

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