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Special Materials Rooms & Reading Rooms

Brief introduction of the materials available in the Special Purpose Reading Room (Books)

Collection of original architectural plans by Shin'ichiro and Shogoro Okada (VC)

Collection of original architectural plans by brothers Shin'ichiro (1883-1932) and Shogoro (1894-1976) Okada, representative architecture of the Taisho and Showa eras. It includes handwritten plans for restoration of the dome of the Nikolai-do (Holy Resurrection Cathedral), the former Kabuki-za Theatre and the Meiji Life Insurance Company Building. Their family members donated the collection to the NDL in 1981. From 1994 to 2003, we have made aperture cards of the plans to make them available to users (the original plans are no longer available). Please check for the call number the list of contents and details of contents classified by call numbers on open shelves in the room, then fill in a call-slip and submit it at the counter.

Noboru Hara Collection (Sojin Bunko) (VF5)

This collection consists of materials acquired by Noboru Hara who engaged in a foreign trade in Argentina, for establishing a private library "Sojin Bunko" in Escobar and materials related to his company Hara Shokai, including those taken over from his father, Rikichi. His family donated the collection to the NDL in October 1987. While it covers a variety of fields including bibliography, printing, history, ethnology, expeditions and geography, there is a wealth of materials about South America, including Argentina, and materials in Spanish language especially abound. Not a few rare books are included, for example, nine volumes of incunabula. Non-book materials are held by the Modern Japanese Political History Materials Room. Western books can be searched and requested by the NDL-OPAC. For other materials, please submit a call-slip at the counter after checking the card catalog in the room.

Ryohei Hotta Collection (VF6)

This collection was owned by Ryohei Hotta (1913-1989), ex-president of the Hotta Watches Corporation (now Hotta Corporation). It consists of "Tokei to koyomi no nishikie mokuroku (Catalog of colored woodblock prints on watches and calendars)" (privately printed, 1971) edited by the donor and materials acquired later. Materials on the history of watches and clocks and on jewelry are featured in the collection. One third of them are Western books including many rare books. They were donated to the NDL in 1987. Colored woodblock prints and calendars up to the Edo period are held by the Rare Books and Old Materials Room. Western books can be searched and requested by the NDL-OPAC. For other materials, please submit a call-slip at the counter after checking the card catalog in the room.

Toshio Watanabe Collection (VF7)

This collection was donated by Toshio Watanabe (1905-1998, professor emeritus at the Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine), a specialist in the study of calendars. It consists of the materials mentioned in the "Nihon no koyomi (Japanese calendars)" (Yuzankaku, 1976) and "Kindai Nihon tenmongakushi (History of astronomy in modern Japan)" (2 vols, Koseisha Koseikaku, 1985-1986) written by the donor, and related materials. Books can be searched and requested by the NDL-OPAC. For other materials, please submit a call-slip at the counter after checking the card catalog in the room.

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Microfilms

Asset valuations for succession tax (YD1-H1~H21)

Asset valuations for succession tax (list of land prices) for 1950 and from 1953 to 1972 are available in microfilms in the room. Please submit a call-slip at the counter after checking the catalog in the room for the call number and reel number

Publications by the South Manchuria Railways Company(YD-324)

These are microfilms of the publications by the South Manchuria Railways Company included in "Kyu shokuminchi kankei kikan kankobutsu sogo mokuroku – Minami Manshu Tetsudo Kabushiki Kaisha hen (the Union catalog of the publications by institutions related to former Japanese colonies: the South Manchuria Railways Company), " which are held by the Library of Congress in the U. S. and not by any Japanese institutions. Please submit a call-slip at the counter after checking the catalog in the room for the call number and reel number.

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