Author: Hay Mew (Amy) Hwang

Focus on Rekion: Okinawan Folk Music Asadoya Yunta (安里屋ユンタ)

Asadoya Yunta (安里ユンタ or 安里屋節) is one of the most widely performed Okinawan songs in recent music history.  The song originated from Taketomi Island in the Yaeyama district of Okinawa, Japan. It tells the tale of a young and beautiful peasant woman named Kuyama Asato (安里クヤマ) and the advances of a government official. The version wide-spread in Okinawa has Kuyama refusing the official as she felt the stability offered by marrying a local man was better than the luxurious but short-lived lifestyle of a mistress. However, in the Taketomi Island version, Kuyama ended up becoming the official’s mistress.

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Retirement – Maureen Donovan

Maureen Donovan

Maureen Donovan

Today we bid farewell to our Japanese Studies Librarian, Maureen Donovan. Maureen is retiring from OSUL after 37 years of service. An interview by Caitlin McGurk with Maureen on her career in OSUL and the development of the manga collection can be found here on the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Blog.

Thank you, Maureen, for the years of inspiration and contribution!

OSUL Website Update – New to the Collections

The Japanese Studies Collections at the Ohio State University Library are posting New to the Collections lists on our website. The lists are monthly updates of materials and resources added to our catalog. They include books, films, music records, and e-resources OSU library has acquired or received as gifts.

The titles are sorted by call numbers, and the hotlinks will take you to the item record in the OSU library catalog.  A new list is typically uploaded within the first week of each month, and most materials take a couple of weeks to be processed before reaching the shelves.

Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to suggest books or other resources for the library.

If you are interested in other East Asian topics, we also have New to the Collections list for the Chinese Studies Collections, and New to the Collections list for the Korean Studies Collections.



Focus on Rekion : Introduction

Rekion Poster

The Ohio State University Library is proud to announce a new resource: 歴史的音源 the Japanese Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion). Compiled by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) in cooperation with the National Diet Library (NDL), this archive consists of approximately 50,000 digitized recordings from 1900-1950. A fraction of these recordings are available to the public through the National Diet Library Online Collections, but the majority of material is only available through libraries who have been granted special access. This year, OSU became the first (and currently the only) location in North America to be granted access to this database: Continue reading