Japanese Historical Text Initiative

Japanese Historical Text Initiative (JHTI) is a searchable online database of Japanese historical documents and English translations. It is part of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.[1]


Delmer M. Brown started the process of establishing JHTI in 1998.[2] The development of JHTI involved negotiations with the University of Tokyo Press and the National Institute of Japanese Literature.[3]

Select list

JHTI is an expanding online collection of historical texts. The original version of every paragraph is cross-linked with an English translation. The original words in Japanese and English translation are on the same screen.[4] There are seven categories of writings,[2] including

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Ancient chronicles

These works were compiled by officials of the Imperial Court at the command of the emperors.[2]

Ancient gazetteers

These records, Fudoki, were compiled by provincial officials according to imperial edicts during the first half of the 8th century.[2]

Ancient kami-civil code

This was a compilation of religious law and civil law.[2]

Medieval stories

These historical tales (monogatari) were about what was said and done by the prominent historical figures in aristocratic and military clans in feudal Japan[2]

Medieval and early-modern histories

These three histories were written in ways that mirror the religious and political interests of their authors.[2]

State and Imperial Shinto

These works are about State Shinto and the Empire of Japan.[2]

Late-Edo period and Meji period texts

This category is for miscellaneous writings which are from Japan's pre-modern and early-modern periods.[2]

See also


  1. Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) at University of California at Berkeley, "Japanese Historical Text Initiative (JHTI)"; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at Stanford University, "Workshop on Japanese Historical Text Initiative (JHTI)"; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  3. IEAS, "In Memoriam: Delmer Myers Brown"; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  4. Japanese Historical Text Initiative (JHTI), "About JHTI"; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  5. JHTI, Kojiki; retrieved 2013-02-01.
  6. JHTI, Nihon Shoki; retrieved 2013-02-01.
  7. JHTI, Shoku Nihongi; retrieved 2013-02-01.
  8. JHTI, Kogoshui; retrieved 2013-02-01.
  9. JHTI, Izumo Fudoki; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  10. JHTI, Harima Fudoki; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  11. JHTI, Bungo Fudoki; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  12. JHTI, Hizen Fudoki; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  13. JHTI, Hitachi Fudoki; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  14. JHTI, Engi Shiki; retrieved 2013-02-01.
  15. JHTI, Okagami; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  16. JHTI, Yamato Monagatari; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  17. JHTI, Eiga Monogatari; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  18. JHTI, Taiheiki; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  19. JHTI, Azuma Kagami; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  20. JHTI, Gukansho; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  21. JHTI, Jinno Shotoki; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  22. JHTI, Tokushi Yoron; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  23. JHTI, Meiji Horei; retrieved 2013-2-1.
  24. JHTI, Kokutai no Hongi; retrieved 2013-2-1.

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