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Meiji Gakuin University: Archives of Modern Japanese Music (日本近代音楽館)


General Information

Archives of Modern Japanese Music,
Meiji Gakuin University
1-2-37 Shirokanedai Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8636

About the Archives:

Archives of Modern Japanese Music was opened in May 2011 as an archive affiliated with Meiji Gakuin University, however the origin of the archive dates back to 1966 when Kazuyuki Toyama, a professor of Fine Arts and Music at Tokyo National University founded the Library of Toyama Music foundation, which became the Documentation Center of the Toyama Music Foundation in 1987. In 2010, Professor Toyama entrusted its ownership to Meiji Gakuin University. The university professor, Ryuichi Higuchi, a member of both the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives (IAML) and Documentation Centres, and Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (International Inventory of Musical Sources, or RISM), took the initiative to open the new Centre within the University Library of Meiji Gakuin. In May 2011 the facility completed its move and reopened in the Meiji University Gakuin Library.

The archives holds about 500,000 items of music-related documents.

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size:

  • Music-related Documents: 500,000 items

Notable Collection(s): Books, Magazines, Music sheets, Recorded materials (SP, LP, and CD formats)

  • Handwritten or first edition of music scores, manuscripts, records of their first performance  of composers including Yamada Kōsaku (山田耕筰), Hashimo Kunihiko (橋本國彦), Akutagawa Yasushi (芥川也寸志), Takemitsu Tōru (武満徹).

  • Books by music critics, including Ōtaburo Motoo (大田黒元雄), Togashi Yasushi (富樫康).

  • Memorial Collections including performance records of musicians such as Yasukawa Kazuko (安川加壽子), a pianist, and Iwaki Hiroyuki (岩城宏之), a conductor and a percussionist.

  • Microfilm containing materials which do not belong to the archives, mainly handwritten music scores.

  • Various domestic concert programs from the Meiji period to present.

Note: The Guide uses the ALA/LC standard romanization, however, it also reflects a different romanization system used by an individual institution or collection.

Access (Shirokane Campus)

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Prior to the Visit: Advance Inquiry Required

  • Please contact the library in advance by phone:

    Shirogane Campus Library Main Counter

Upon Arrival:

  • Please go to the main counter on the main library.
  • Please present some form of personal ID.

Admission Fee:

  • One day visit: 100 yen
  • Year around: 500 yen (4/13/31)


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Please ask the staff.
  • Copy Fee: 40 yen

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