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About This Online Exhibition

This online exhibition is based on the exhibition catalog for “Japanese Children’s Literature: A History from the International Library of Children's Literature Collections” exhibition held at the ILCL’s museum for children’s books. The planning of the original exhibition, as well as the writing and editing of the commentary, was conducted by the exhibition supervisor Professor Takeo Miyakawa (Musashino University), Ms. Yukiko Hiromatsu (Picture book writer and critic), and staff of the ILCL.

Exhibited Materials

Materials presented in this exhibition are held by the ILCL.

Copyright for illustrations in document number 3-3 belongs to the MIMOCA Foundation.

Hakubunkan Shinsha Publishers granted permission for use of the figures in document number 1-8, 1-9, 1-10, 1-11 and 1-13.

Links to Digitized Contents

The NDL Digital Collections allow users to view the materials that have been digitized and made available online. The NDL Digital Collection enables users to search and view a variety of resources collected and stored by the NDL. This collection includes part of the children books and magazines held by ILCL. Please note that the version or volume of the item in the NDL Digital Collection may differ from the exhibited materials.

Bibliographic Information

  • In principle, bibliographic information in NDL’s catalog has been used and appears in the following order:
    Document number, Title, Author, (Journal name and volume number which carries the work), Publisher, Year, (Series title), NDL call number, commentary
  • Items in square brackets indicate information estimated from research.
  • The same person may be described under different names due to the use of pseudonyms, etc.


Users are free to create links to this online exhibition using one of the following banners. If the link is created to a particular page, users must indicate clearly that the link(s) they create is/are to the online exhibition at the ILCL website.

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Reproduction of the contents

If you wish to utilize digitized images of materials or any other contents in this exhibition (i.e., reprint, publish in either print or electronic media, broadcast, or exhibit them), please complete the request form below and send to us in advance. For reproduction of contents on the linked external websites, please contact the concerned website administrator.

Request Form

When you send a reproduction request to us, general conditions for reproduction are as follows:

  • It should be clearly specified that the item(s) is/are taken from the National Diet Library website.
  • The item(s) may not be used for purposes other than the original intent described.

When you send a request to us, please notice the following.

  • Please note that some requests may be refused or may not be accepted and that extra conditions may be added or a written document may be required.
  • Depending on circumstances, it might take several days for us to respond.

Web Accessibility

The National Diet Library strives to make its website accessible to people of all capabilities and ensure that content is perceivable, operable, and understandable in accordance with JIS X 8341-3:2010 "Guidelines for older persons and persons with disabilities -Information and communications equipment, software and services- Part 3: Web content".

Based on JIS X 8341-3:2010 and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications' "Public site for Everyone" operational model (2010 revised version) (Japanese only), we hereby provide our accessibility policy.

Website test result for this online exhibition is available on the following page.


Resources and Information Division
International Library of Children's Literature, National Diet Library
12-49 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007 Japan
Tel : +81-3-3827-2053
E-mail : webinfoat n d l dot g o dot j p