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Ajinomoto Dietary Culture Library: Dietary Culture Library (食の文化ライブラリー)

味の素 食の文化ライブラリー

General Information

Ajinomoto Dietary Culture Library Ajinomoto Group Takanawa Training Center
3-13-65 Takanawa Minato-ku  108-0074
Sunday, national holidays, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day


About Dietary Culture Library:

The Dietary Culture Library is operated by the Ajinomoto Foundation for Dietary Culture, which was established in 1989 under the authorization of the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.  In 2004, the facility was relocated to Ajinomoto Group Takanawa Training Center. The library holds information materials, including monographs, scholarly papers, literature, periodicals which are related to dietary culture, food,  cooking books from the Edo to Showa period, and wood block prints that are related to dietary culture. The Osaka Branch was opened in 2003.

Users can also access the information materials held by the Kagawa Education Institute of Nutrition library and the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology library.

Parent Facility

Ajinomoto Foundation for Dietary Culture Center
3-13-65 Takanawa Minato-ku  108-0074 Japan 

About Ditetary Culture Center:

Established in 1989, the Ajinomoto Foundation for Dietary Culture has conducted various food culture studies through academic research and circulates its findings.  Its mission is to research and educate the public for a deeper understanding on food culture through its magazine Vesta, public symposiums and public lectures, and food culture related exhibitions.

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection size:

  • 40,000 volumes
  • More than 200 DVD, VHS
  • Rarebooks 2,000 items

Digital Collection(s)

Related Link(s)



  • 3 minute walk from Toei Asakusa Subway Line (都営地下鉄浅草線) Takawadai station (高輪台駅)
  • 15 minute walk from JR Shinagawa station (品川駅) Takawa exit (高輪口)

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library 

Takanawa Training Center

  • Hours: 10:00-17:00
  • Closed: Sunday, National Holidays, year end, New Years Holidays

Osaka Branch

  • Hours: 10:00-17:00
  • Closed: Saturday, Sunday, National Holiday, year end, New Years Holidays


Open to the Public

Admission Fee: Free

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