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Japanese Text Initiative

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The Japanese Text Initiative (JTI) is an ongoing collaborative electronic text project between the U.Va. Library and the University of Pittsburgh Library , with participation by scholars in the U.S. and Japan. The JTI puts on the Web authoritative editions in both Japanese and English translations of the masterpieces of classical Japanese literature, from its beginnings in the 8th century through modern novels and poetry. Among the online texts are The Tale of Genji, classics of haiku... More
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Date Added to MERLOT: January 26, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 13, 2009
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Submitter: Laura Franklin


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
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Technical Requirements: On the home page, there is a link to instructions for Accessing Japanese Character Texts on the Web.
Language: English
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Avatar for Brent Roberts
7 years ago

Brent Roberts (Faculty)

Hundreds of Japanese works make this a wonderful resource for more advanced learners. Users can choose horizontal/vertical versions, with or without furigana. There is also helpful information for dealing with Japanese fonts and text. Because of the older nature of many of these public-domain works, users may need background in more formal/classical Japanese.

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May not work as well in all browsers - furigana does not display properly in Firefox

Avatar for Laura Franklin
12 years ago

Laura Franklin (Faculty)

According to a UVA press release,"The Japanese Text Initiative, based at the
University of Virginia?s Electronic Text Center, has been named the winner of
the second annual Digital Archives Award by Digital Frontier Kyoto, representing
a consortium of the city and prefecture of Kyoto, Japan, and of businesses and
universities in Japan. The prestigious award, presented to a digital project
that exemplifies cutting-edge technology and rich content in preserving world
culture, went to the Library of Congress?s American Memory project last year."
(October 2000)

This site allows the user to find masterpieces in the target language and in
translation.There is a Japanese/English dictionary and a searchable database.
This site is a valuable resource to students of Japanese as well as lovers of
Japanese culture and literature.