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ABPL90146 Architectural conservation in East Asia

This is for students enrolled in ABPL90146 Architectural Conservation in East Asia

Finding from the Library Catalogue


Use the Library Catalogue to find ebooks, journal titles, audio visual material and media resources and keep up to date with new material received by the Library.

Japanese language resources can also be found in the Library Catalogue by searching in Japanese characters or Rominazation, the Modified Hepburn Romanization System.

The following websites is the list of Modified Hepburn Romanization System and the cataloguing rules of Library of Congress:

Type in keywords or author or title in either Japanese characters or Romanization. The diacritics to indicate long vowel and syllabic nasal are displayed on screen. When typing keywords you can ignore the diacritics, it is not necessary to capitalise the proper noun.

Example of keywords

  • Architecture --   建築 --  kenchiku
  • Horyuji temple -- 法隆寺 -- Horyuji
  • World heritage -- 世界遺産 -- sekai isan

Example of subject headings


Japanese Databases



How to Search CiNii Articles


CiNii Articles is a multidisciplinary database that searches all the academic journals, and university research bulletins or articles in Japan.

  • To access CiNii Articles, click on the CiNii Articles link at the top of the page, and then on the Connect to: CiNii Articles link on the Library Catalogue page.



  • To search, use the search box on the CiNii Articles homepage. 

  • Use the Simple search where you can enter any keywords.
    • Use AND to combine concepts
    • Use OR to search for synonyms or alternative words
    • For more information on how to combine search terms with AND or OR, watch this short video.
    • Select All for searching all records containing the keywords or select Include Full-text for searching full text documents provided by provided by partners (such as Ichushi Web) that CiNii links to.

  • Use the Advanced Search if you would like to specify fields and refine your search. For example, you can type in the article title, journal title, author name or publication year that you know.



  • Use the Simple Search and type in  "Heijo-kyu OR Heijokyu OR 平城宮" in the search box, and select "Include Full-text" . You can combine using both Romanization and Japanese characters as keywords.


  • This is the CiNii Articles results screen. You can change the order of your results list by using the menu on the top right.
  • You can download the full-text that has the links. Note that not all articles are available to view online full-text, make sure that you select “Include Full-text” when you start your search.  


Journals Held in the Library


新建築  Shinkenchiku

日本の美術 Nihon no bijutsu

The Japan architect     UniMelb Archit P, Call number: JAPA


Reference and Research Materials Held in the Library


日本美術全集 Nihon bijutsu zenshu

図説日本美術史 Zusetsu Nihon bijutsushi

日本美術作品レファレンス事典 建造物篇 Nihon bijutsu sakuhin refarensu jiten kenzobutsu-hen

建築文化財レファレンス事典 Kenchiku bunkazai refarensu jiten


Location and Call Number


English resources related to Japanese architecture are kept in Architecture, Building and Planning Library and Baillieu Library.

  • Dewey classification      720.952   Architecture in Japan

Japanese resources are kept in the East Asian Collection, on the Level 4 of the Eastern Resource Centre (ERC), and Japanese books have an "JPN" on the spine label shelved by its Classification.

The Collection is shelved by Library of Congress Classification and intershelved by Chinese and Japanese resources. Apart from this main collection, there is a folio section where all the big size books are kept, and also a reference collection. It is best to look for all these areas for finding Architecture resources.

  • Library of Congress Classification: Chinese and Japanese books are intershelved
  • NA  Architecture
  • f NA  Folio section is where all the big size books are kept.
  • REF NA  Architecture

Architecture, Building and Planning Library also holds resources in Japanese langauge.


Keywords for Architecture


Architecture: 建築 Cultural heritage: 文化遺産
Historical buildings: 歴史的建築物、歴史的建造物 National treasures: 国宝
Restoration: 復元、修復、修理

Important cultural properties: 重要文化財

Preservation: 保存、保護、維持 Intangible cultural heritage: 無形文化財
Projects: 事業 Tangible cultural heritage: 有形文化財
Data/reports: 資料、報告書 Pictures, photographs: 写真
Architectural design: 建築設計 Plans: 図面


Online Dictionaries


Jisho : Powerful English/Japanese dictionary

Eijiro on the web : English/Japanese dictionary


Online Encyclopedias



Japanese Websites


  • Architectural Institute of Japan Digital Archive (日本建築学会図書館デジタルアーカイブス): Database covering two categories of publications: (1) those from before World War II through the postwar Showa Period to 1985, and (2) the Tatsuno and Tsumaki collections and the Journal of Manchurian Association for Architectural Science, which are valuable prewar documents owned by the AIJ Library. These publications are entirely converted into image data and recorded in PDF files for their preservation and disclosure for use in and out of AIJ.
  • Cultural Heritage Online database (文化遺産オンライン): Agency for Cultural Affairs presents a database for finding information of cultural heritage in Japan.
  • Restoration Archive (建造物修理アーカイブ): The Japanese Association for Conservation of Architectural Monuments introduces some of their unique restoration works with pictures and plans.
  • Comprehensive database of archaeological site reports in Japan (全国遺跡報告総覧):   Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties reports on excavation survey of buried cultural properties in Japan has been digitized for Internet browsing and searching.
  • e-Museum (e国宝): This site provides high definition images of national treasures and important cultural properties owned by four national museums (Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, Nara National Museum and Kyushu National Museum) that belong to the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage, together with their descriptions in multiple languages (Japanese, English, French, Chinese and Korean).
  • Japan's Preservation Districts (全国伝統的建造物群保存地区協議会): Photos and descriptions of all precious Japanese cultural heritage such as villages and streetscapes of Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings.