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Nanzan University: Institute for Religion and Culture (南山宗教文化研究所)


General Information

Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture Library
18 Yamazato-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 466-8673
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About the Library:

This non-lending specialized research library is maintained by the clerical staff.  The library is divided among 3 floors and a full basement.  The library holds about 35,000 items, with over 400 periodical titles. Half of the periodicals are written in Western languages, and the other half in Asian languages.

Parent Institution

Founded in 1974 on the campus of Nanzan University, the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nanzan shūkyō bunka kenkyūjo 南山宗教文化研究所, is one of the largest institutions in the world, committed equally to scholarly research on the philosophies and religious traditions of the East and the West.  The institute has 3 founding goals:

1. The interdisciplinary study of the relations between religion and culture with particular reference to the Far East, and more specifically Japan,

2. The promotion of mutual understanding among Christians and the devotees of other religions,

3. The training of researchers in these areas.

With these 3 core principles, The Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture continues to be a center of academic excellence in this special field and actively publishes research outcomes and hosts a series of conferences.

The main staff consists of 5 Permanent Research Fellows who are also a part of the faculty of Arts and Letters of Nanzan University; who devote their time to the specific work of the Institute.

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Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size (As of 2015): 

  • Books: 40,000 volumes
  • Periodicals: 400 periodical titles

Notable Collections:

  • Japanese Philosophy Reference Materials: The collection consists of Asian and Western philosophy materials as well as documents of Mysticism and Hermes (about 2,800 volumes).

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

Digital Collection(s)

Online Resource(s)

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Restricted: Use of the library is primarily limited to the members and affiliates of the institute.

Research Affiliation

Extended Resident Research (Visiting Research Fellow):

This program is designed for visiting scholars who wish to stay at the Institute for a period of from 3 months up to 1 year.  Please contact the Institute to apply for affiliation.  Please include a brief curriculum vitae and a statement of your intended research topic. 

Visiting Research Fellows in the past have included numerous Japan Foundation Fellows, Fulbright Scholars, and NEH Fellows, as well as individuals on sabbatical or privately funded. While at the Institute, such scholars have full use of the facilities of the Institute as well as the main library of the University and an extensive library of the theological faculty.

For information about these institution, please refer to "General Affiliation Procedure for Japanese Institutions".

Short-term Resident Research:

This program is designed for scholars who wish to stay at the Institute for a period of less than 3 months.  Please contact the Institute directly with a short letter of intent. 


Build in 1979, the Paulus Heim, located within easy walking distance of Nanzan University, is a residence for members of the Institute and its visiting scholars.

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