During 2012-13 NCC began developing online instructional guides to using Japanese language open source content for teaching about Japan across the curriculum. The E-Texts Website will concentrate on open source materials freely available to all via the Internet. Initially the site will focus on using Aozora Bunko, The Japan Pen Club Digital Library and the Japanese Text Initiative to create lesson plans and course materials to best take advantage of these resources in teaching Japanese language, literature, history, and other subjects. In addition, see below for Japanese historical texts online. Individual faculty members who have used these resources in their teaching will collaborate with NCC and with members of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) in developing these resources.
Major components of the Website will include:
Aozora Bunko, begun in 1997, is an online collection of thousands of Japanese language works of fiction and non-fiction, including out-of-copyright books or works that the authors have made freely available. It is widely regarded as the Japanese equivalent of Project Gutenberg.
The Japan Pen Club Digital Library is a collection of recent publications by members of the Pen Club that have been made available by the authors or their literary heirs in a full-text digital format.
The Japanese Text Initiative is a project of the Electronic Text Center of the University of Virginia developed in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh that provides online versions of important Japanese texts, whenever possible, linked to English translations, and other supporting materials.
The Japanese Historical Text Initiative contains searchable databases of numerous historical works, digitized Japanese texts, and some links to English translations.
NCC welcomes suggestions of other open source resources to include for the future. Please provide your suggestions!