“New and Rare Words” Collected by Helen M. Johnson from Hemacandra’s Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra by Assistant Professor Yutaka Kawasaki et al. published

In Feb. 2022, “New and Rare Words” Collected by Helen M. Johnson from Hemacandra’s Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra was published. This publication presents part of the research results within the framework of the 2-year (April 2020 – March 2022) project “A Pilot Study for the Creation of a Jaina Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary” (Principal Investigator: Yutaka Kawasaki) under the “Cooperative Research in Asian Studies” program of U-PARL.

The Sanskrit language used by Jains often deviates from the normative grammar and commonly employs peculiar vocabulary that is not encountered in other written sources and phrases that can be found only in Indian lexica. While a few eminent scholars have continued collecting Sanskrit vocabulary peculiar to Jaina sources and reporting on grammatical phenomena deviating from the normative grammar, as compared to the ample research results on the so-called Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit which also deviates from the normative Sanskrit, research on the Sanskrit language used by Jains — Jaina Sanskrit or Jaina Hybrid Sanskrit — still remains underdeveloped even today. Particularly, the absence of grammar books and dictionaries of Jaina Sanskrit presents a great obstacle to reading and comprehending Jaina sources written in Sanskrit.

This publication presents the first step toward overcoming such situation by aiming to compile a dictionary of Jaina Sanskrit . In this monography, they have implemented the following: they consolidate and rearrange in Sanskrit alphabetic order “New and Rare Words” collected in appendices to each volume of the English translation by Dr. Helen M. Johnson (1889-1967) of Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra by Hemacandra. In addition, they tacitly correct apparent typographical errors supposedly made by Johnson herself and added various notes. As an appendix, the monograph includes the chart of verses in the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra corresponding to verses in Hemacandra’s Yogaśāstra and his auto-commentary.

This publication will also be available as a PDF file.

March 9, 2022


“New and Rare Words” Collected by Helen M. Johnson from Hemacandra’s Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra

Yutaka Kawasaki
Yumi Fujimoto
Shin Fujinaga
Kazuyoshi Hotta



U-PARL provides “Zhonghua jingdian guji ku 中華經典古籍庫” 8th Stage

wU-PARL provides “Zhonghua jingdian guji ku 中華經典古籍庫” (Database of Chinese Classics) 8th Stage※. UTokyo members (faculty members, students, etc.) can also use this database from an outside network. For the access method, please refer here. 

※355 titles 525 books, including: Meng Haoran shiji jiaozhu孟浩然詩集校注, Liu Yuxi quanji biannian jiaozhu劉禹錫全集編年校注, Round-trip telegraph manuscript between Ma Jianzhong and Li Hongzhang馬建忠李鴻章往來電稿, Chongding Zhongwantangshi zhuke tu重訂中晚唐詩主客圖, and Wenjing Mifu lun jiaojian文鏡秘府論校箋 , those from Zhonghua Book Company中華所局, etc.

◉About “Zhonghua jingdian guji ku 中華經典古籍庫

January 13,  2022


“The 23rd Library Fair & Forum” Poster Presentation

From November 1 – 30, 2021, “The 23rd Library Fair & Forum” organized by Committee of The Library Exhibition will be held. Please refer here for details.

URL: https://www.libraryfair.jp/poster/2021/18  (Japanese only)

November 1, 2021



Michiko Nakao receives U Chicago’s Provost’s Global Faculty Award

On July 1, Project Research Fellow Michiko Nakao and Korean Studies Librarian at the University of Chicago, Yale University, and Princeton University were awarded the Provost’s Global Faculty Award for Bibliography of East Asian Periodicals (Colonial Korea 1900-1945).

To view the project proposal, as well as other winners of the Provost’s Global Faculty Award, visit the Provost’s Global Faculty Awards website at The University of Chicago.

August 16, 2021


Two new staff members

On May 1, two new staff members joined the Uehiro Project for the Asian Research Library (U-PARL).

・Emiko SUNAGA(Project Research Fellow, Pakistan Area Studies)
・Ryoichi MIYAMOTO(Project Research Fellow, history of Central Eurasia from ancient times to the Middle Ages)

Details on their background and achievements posted on the Staff page.

May 1, 2021


The Asian Research Library has opened its doors

1. Opening of the Asian Research Library

The Asian Research Library, whose development U-PARL has been supporting from the 2014 school year, was opened on October 1, 2020. 

The Asian Research Library

The open-stack floor of the Asian Research Library is located on the fourth floor of the Main Building of the General Library, which is the central library of the University of Tokyo Hongo Campus.  

 Regarding the materials currently accessible at the fourth floor of the General Library Main Building, with some exceptions, they are available for borrowing for UTokyo members (borrowing conditions: up to 10 items for 30 days). For details on how to use the library’s services, refer to the Asian Research Library Website. 

 2. U-PARL’s support efforts toward opening of the Asian Research Library

 Up to now, U-PARL has been actively supporting development of the Asian Research Library. Below are the main activities carried out. 

 (1) Designing a Floor Plan and System 

Resources housed in the Asian Research Library are basically arranged by the geographical area they relate to. Geographical areas are broadly classified into the six major categories of “1 Asia,” “2 East Asia,” “Southeast Asia,” “4 South Asia,” “5 Central Eurasia,” and “6 West Asia,” which allows to shelve the library resources in a way systematically representing the whole compendium of knowledge throughout the Asian continent. 

Bookshelves arranged by geographical area (next to each other from “East Asia” to “West Asia”) 

When designing the floor plan and classification method, the focus was placed on such questions as how resources on Japan should be positioned within the Asian Research Library, how frameworks for each geographical area should be determined in view of recent research trends, and what the best desired floor plan and classification method to fit both staff and users’ requirements should be like. 

Low bookshelves

Bookshelves arranged by geographical area 









As for the classification method, in the course of more than two years of deliberate consultations held by the U-PARL staff and University of Tokyo Library System personnel, the Asian Research Library Classification System was compiled, and the open-stack materials in the Asian Research Library are to be shelved and arranged in accordance with this original classification system specially developed for the new library.  

 Also, as for the floor plan, such issues as the need for a space to hold seminars and various events and balance between the number of items in the open-stack area and the number of the reading seats were taken into consideration. On the open-stack materials allocation method that evolved from the discussions, refer to the Asian Research Library’s layout map. 

Reading seats 

Lecture room







Library search terminal










(2) Collection Development 

U-PARL has been developing the Asian Research Library’s collection through the three approaches of purchasing new materials, accepting donated materials, and integrating materials from the university’s other libraries and reading rooms. Among the donated materials, there exist large collections, including private collections, that bear the names of the donators or donating organizations. As of now, we have accepted the following donated large collections, which will be made available in succession, once their organization and arrangement are complete. 

Collection of Literacy Education Materials Donated by the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU)
The Yumio SAKURAI Collection
The Akira SUEHIRO Collection
The Motoo FURUTA Collection
The Noboru KARASHIMA Collection
The Tsuyoshi NARA Collection 

Open-stack floor 

Reading tables








We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all those who extended their support and cooperation for U-PARL’s efforts towards development of the Asian Research Library and ask for continued support for activities carried out by U-PARL and the Asian Research Library. 

(October 1, 2020)