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Japanese Text Initiative

Japanese Text Initiative

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 poetry, Kabuki plays, and others.


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Brent Roberts
Brent Roberts (Faculty)
12 years ago
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.

Technical Remarks:

May not work as well in all browsers - furigana does not display properly in Firefox
Laura Franklin
Laura Franklin (Faculty)
18 years ago

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.