About this Collection
The collection of Wahon Literacies is a selection of 23 titles from the UCLA Japanese premodern collection in total 81 volumes including three duplicate titles which have different conditions in coloration, provenance, or marginalia from those of the first copies. The selection is made for the purpose of a self-guided tour to study wahon (Japanese books) history in the early modern period when the publishing industry first flourished in Japan. The collection consists of prints and one manuscript produced in Kyōto, Ōsaka, Mount Kōya, Ise, Yokohama, and Edo (Tōkyō), Japan from 1627 to 1868 covering a time span of over 240 years and introduces various types of publication including 古活字版 [Kokatsuji-ban], 木活字版 [Mokkatsuji-ban], 銅版 [Dōban], 画帖装 [Gajōsō], 巻子本[Kansubon], 浮世草子[Ukiyozōshi], 黄表紙 [Kibyōshi], 黒本 [Kurohon], 重刻本 [Jūkoku-bon], 求板本 [Kyūbanbon], etc. Short explanations for these Japanese terms are provided in notes and descriptive fields. A hands-on workshop for graduate students using this collection was offered by Takashi Nakajima, Professor of Literature, Waseda University, at UCLA on the 13th and 20th of November, 2015. Dr. Nakajima also taught publication in the Edo period [1603-1868] at a five-day workshop on “Wahon Literacies” at UCLA and UCSB in summer of the same year. We invite you in addition to install a mobile app for self-studying hentaigana (the premodern Japanese syllabary), which was co-developed by UCLA and Waseda University and released in October 2015 (see The Hentaigana App), to optimize your study and enter the world of wahon.