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AMC (Academic Media Center)

AMC (Academic Media Center)
Completed in the spring of 2008, AMC is a center for high-level, systematic research and education, taking advantage of the large number of valuable documents and materials held by Kokugakuin University, and disseminating widely the results and information derived, both at home and abroad.
The AMC has various facilities: the Organization for the Advancement of Research and Development, which performs a key function in Shinto and Japanese culture studies and releases the results of studies by Kokugakuin University; a library boasting one of the largest collections of books stocked in Japan; and the media classroom and information center which supports studies using electronic media facilities.

Library

Japan's premier library for humanities studies.

The Kokugakuin University Library boasts a collection of over 1.5 million volumes, mostly on Shinto, Japanese history, Japanese classical literature, and Japanese law. It is considered one of the premier libraries for humanities studies in the country.
The library has many open stacks where users can access the volumes of their choice, and the second-floor stacks are also free access. The second-level basement is home to compact shelving capable of storing nearly half a million volumes, in addition to one of Japan’s largest automatic stacks with a capacity of about a million more. Reading areas are flooded with natural light, and there are also three rooms available for study groups, research meetings, or similar activities. Visitors can search our document collection using the K-aiser database system and can view some of our most treasured documents and collections using the Digital Library feature.

Museum

I inherit the wisdom of our ancestore, to disseminate research results, Research base of the heart and things.

Investigating and analyzing the objects that the Japanese people have created in the course of their daily lives provides us with important insights into their inner thoughts and experiences. It is with this conviction that the Kokugakuin Museum proudly collects and displays resources that are critical to understanding traditional Japanese culture. The museum is also a communications hub designed to publicize research outcomes and serve as a public facility that contributes to wider education and learning.
The Kokugakuin University Museum is home to t hree important permanent collections. The Objects and Attitudes: Japan’s Ritual Sites area features Artifacts and other archeological resources collected from sacred places. The Objects and Attitudes: Shinto Festivals exhibit displays items used at Shinto shrine festivals to show the intimate links between Shinto's history and annual events and the Japanese culture. A third area, Objects and Attitudes: Kokugakuin’s Academic Treasures, showcases documents related to the history of the university and its educational activities as well as objects tied to the Arisugawa no Miya family.

Organization for the Advancement of Research and Development

The Organization for the Advancement of Research and Development was established at Kokugakuin University in April 2007. Its mission is to exemplify and embody the founding spirit of the university through the avid promotion of academic and research activities at Kokugakuin. Its actions are informed by the 21st Century Research and Education Plan, which was formulated in order to reinforce and solidify that founding spirit for the future. The OARD is also responsible for spreading information on the outcomes of its promotional activities.
To support its efforts to continually advance the study of Shinto and classical Japanese literature, the OARD consists of three joint-use research institutions (the Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics, the Curatorial Research Center, and the Kokugakuin Academic Resource Center) as well as the Center for Promotion of Excellence in Research and Education. The Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics is responsible for publicizing the results of international exchange activities as well as research outcomes, the Kokugakuin University Museum is both an archeological and Shinto museum, while the Kokugakuin Academic Research Center heads research based on the history of the university itself as well as on its own academic resources and property. Finally, the Center for Promotion of Excellence in Research and Education puts together plans and proposals to advance research based on the founding spirit of the school while ensuring that the needed external funding is secured and properly put to use.
By furthering the activities at each of these institutions in a coordinated and organic way, the OARD is able to promote sophisticated research while training young researchers and communicating research outcomes to a wide audience both at home and abroad. The OARD also works to create and develop new research projects based on existing outcomes.
Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics
The Institute was established in 1955 to compare Japanese culture with the various cultures of the world and explain their nature and various related aspects. It has been highly acclaimed both at home and abroad, due to its advanced collaborative research function and formation of academic networks with other institutes for Japanese studies not only in Japan but also overseas.
 ■Shinto and Japanese Classical Studies Department
 ■International Exchange and Academic Information Department
  • Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics (Nihon Bunka Kenkyūsho)


  • Curatorial Research Center
     ■Museum of Archaeology
     ■Shinto Museum

    Kokugakuin Academic Resource Center
    This was founded in 2007 to research the history of Kokugakuin University and the academic assets held by the University in order to share its research achievements extensively with society.
     ■Department of University History and Research
     ■Department of Academic Resource Studies
     ■Orikuchi Shinobu Archives Department

    Center for Promotion of Excellence in Research and Education
    This was established in 2006 to promote studies based on the Shinto spirit, the philosophy upon which this university was founded. In addition to such research, it is also engaged in the formulation of research and education plans and research management for the Organization for the Advancement of Research and Development.
     ■Planning, proposing, and executing joint research
     ■Securing outside funding for research
     ■Developing young researchers
     ■Coordinating collaborative research projects outside of Kokugakuin
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