Basic Resources for Studying Diplomatics | 古文書を勉強するリソース)

Reading komonjo 古文書 (commonly glossed as “old records,” “old documents,” or “diplomatics”) is tough, but eventually, documents like the one shown in the image become legible. I don’t know of any easy way to do it except to dive right in, and the resources below are good places to start. This bibliography is a work in progress. I’ve provided rough translations of the titles and over time I plan to add comments about them.

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Shizuoka Prefectural Central Library, くずし字解読講座 テキスト一覧(古文書解読).

Tōkyō Daigaku Shiryō Henshanjo 東京大学史料編纂所, ed. “Denshi kuzushiji jiten de-tabe-su” 電子くずし字字典データベース [Digital cursive character dictionary]. http://wwwap.hi.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ships/shipscontroller

UCLA and Waseda University. The Hentaigana App 変体仮名あぷり

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Aburai Hiroko 油井宏子. Komonjo wa konna ni omoshiroi 古文書はこんなに面白い [I didn’t know diplomatics were this interesting]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2005.

Aburai Hiroko 油井宏子. Edo jidai ga daisuki ni naru komonjo 江戸が大好きになる古文書 [Diplomatics that will make you love the Edo period]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2007.

Aburai Hiroko 油井宏子. Komonjo hajime no ippo 古文書はじめの一歩 [A first step with diplomatics]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2008.

Aburai Hiroko 油井宏子, ed. Edo jidai & komonjo tora no maki 江戸時代&古文書 虎の巻 [A handbook on the Edo period and diplomatics]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2009.

Aburai Hiroko 油井宏子. E de manabu komonjo kōza: Hyōryūmin to ikokusen to no deai 絵で学ぶ古文書講座 : 漂流民と異国船との出会い [Studying with images, a course on diplomatics: Interactions with castaways and foreign vessels]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2011.

Akiyama Takashi 秋山高志, ed. Kiso komonjo no kotoba 基礎 古文書のことば [Foundations: Words in diplomatics]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobo 柏書房, 2001.

Amano Kiyofumi 天野清文, Sanematsu Yukio 実松幸男, and Hayashi Hideo 林英夫, eds. Hajimete no komonjo kyōshitsu はじめての古文書教室 [A first diplomatics classroom]. Tokyo: Yoshikawa Kōbunkan 吉川弘文館, 2005.

Amano Kiyofumi 天野 清文, Miyahara Ichirō 宮原 一郎, Sanematsu Yukio 実松幸男. Suteppu appu komonjo no yomitokikata ステップアップ 古文書の読み解き方 [Step-up: methods of reading diplomatics]. Tokyo: Yoshikawa Kōbunkan 吉川弘文館, 2006.

Arai Atsushi 新井敦史. Bushi to daimyō no komonjo nyūmon 武士と大名の古文書入門 [Introduction to the diplomatics of warriors and lords]. Tokyo: Yoshikawa Kōbunkan 吉川弘文館, 2009.

Arai Eiji 荒居英次, et al., eds. Komonjo yōgo jiten 古文書用語辞典 [A dictionary of diplomatics terminology]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 1983.

Fujimoto Atsushi 藤本篤. Komonjo nyūmon: handoku kara kaidoku he 古文書入門―判読から解読へ [Introduction to diplomatics: From interpretation to reading]. Tokyo: Chūō Kōronshinsha 中央公論新社, 1999.

Fujita Satoru 藤田覚. Shiryō wo yomitoku 3: Kinsei no seiji to gaikō 史料を読み解く3:近世の政治と外交 [Reading historical documents 3: Early modern politics and diplomacy]. Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha 山川出版社, 2008.

Hayashi Hideo 林英夫, ed. Kiso komonjo no yomikata 基礎古文書のよみかた [Foundations: Reading diplomatics]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 1998.

Hayashi Hideo 林英夫, ed. Osarai komonjo no kiso: bunrei to goi おさらい古文書の基礎: 文例と語彙 [Review foundations of diplomatics: Sentence examples and vocabulary]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2002.

Hayashi Hideo 林英夫, ed. Onkunbiki komonjo jiten 音訓引き古文書字典 [On, kun reading diplomatics dictionary]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2004.

Hayashi Hideo 林英夫, ed. Hisshū kinsei komonjo enshū 必修近世古文書演習 [Essentials, kinsei diplomatics practice]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2005.

Hayashi Hideo 林英夫. Nyūmon komonjo shōjiten 入門 古文書小字典 [Introduction: An abbreviated character dictionary of diplomatics]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2005.

Ishii Susumu 石井進. Chūsei wo yomitoku: Komonjo nyūmon 中世を読み解く:古文書入門 [Reading the medieval period: An introduction to diplomatics]. Tokyo: Tōkyō Daigaku Shuppankai 東京大学出版会, 1990.

Kanno Shunsuke 菅野俊輔. Kaite oboeru Edo no kuzushiji iroha nyūmon 書いておぼえる江戸のくずし字いろは入門 [Write and remember Edo cursive characters, iroha introduction]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2006.

Kashiwa Shobō Henshūbu 柏書房編集部, ed. Komonjo kuzushiji 200 sen: Oboete okitai 古文書くずし字200選 : 覚えておきたい [Cursive characters in diplomatics, 200 selected: For memorization]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2001.

Kitahara Susumu 北原進. Dokushū Edo jidai no komonjo 独習:江戸時代の古文書 [Self-study: Edo period diplomatics]. Tokyo: Yūzankaku 雄山閣, 2002.

Kitajima Masamoto 北島正元 and Higuchi Masanori 樋口政則, eds. Jitsurei komonjo handoku nyūmon 実例古文書判読入門 [Introduction to the interpretation of diplomatics with examples]. Tokyo: Meicho Shuppan 名著出版, 1982.

Kodama Kōta 児玉幸多. Kuzushiji yōrei jiten くずし字用例辞典 [Dictionary of cursive characters with examples]. Tokyo: Tōkyōdō Shuppan 東京堂出版, 1981.

Kodama Kōta 児玉幸多, ed. Kuzushiji kaidoku jiten くずし字解読辞典 [Dictionary for reading cursive characters]. Tokyo: Tōkyōdō Shuppan 東京堂出版, 1999.

Kodama Kōta 児玉幸多. Kuzushiji kaidoku yōrei jiten: CD-ROMくずし字解読用例辞典 : CD-ROM版 [Dictionary for reading cursive characters with examples: CD-ROM]. Tokyo: Tōkyōdō Shuppan, 2007.

Kurushima Noriko 久留島典子, Gomi Fumihiko 五味文彦, Endō Tamaki 遠藤珠紀, eds. Shiryō wo yomitoku 1: Chūsei monjo no nagare 史料を読み解く1 中世文書の流れ [Reading historical documents 1: Historical development of medieval documents]. Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha 山川出版社, 2006.

Masuda Takashi 増田孝. Komonjo, tegami no yomikata 古文書・手紙の読み方 [Reading diplomatics and letters]. Tokyo: Tōkyōdō Shuppan 東京堂出版, 2007.

Morishita Tōru 森下徹 and Yoshida Nobuyuki 吉田伸之, eds. Shiryō wo yomitoku: Kinsei no mura to machi 史料を読み解く2 近世の村と町 [Reading historical documents 2: Early modern villages and urban districts]. Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha 山川出版社, 2006.

Negishi Shigeo 根岸茂夫, Satō Takayuki 佐藤孝之, Yasuike Hiroyuki 安池尋幸, eds. Shinpen komonjo kaidoku jiten 新編 古文書解読字典 [New edition dictionary for reading diplomatics]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 1993.

Nihon Rekishi Gakkai 日本歴史学会, ed. Enshū komonjosen 演習古文書選 [Practice on selected diplomatics]. 8 vols. Tokyo: Yoshikawa Kōbunkan 吉川弘文館, 1976.

Ōishi Manabu 大石学, ed. Komonjo kaidoku jiten 古文書解読事典 [Dictionary for reading diplomatics]. Tokyo: Tōkyōdō Shuppan 東京堂出版, 2000.

Satō Shin’ichi 佐藤進一. Komonjogaku nyūmon 古文書学入門 [Introduction to diplomatics]. Tokyo: Hōsei Daigaku Shuppankyoku 法政大学出版局, 2003.

Suzuki Jun 鈴木淳, Nishikawa Makoto 西川誠, and Matsuzawa Yūsaku 松沢裕作, eds. Shiryō wo yomitoku: Bakumatsu ishin no seiji to shakai 史料を読み解く4: 幕末・維新の政治と社会 [Reading historical documents 4: Bakumatsu and restoration politics and society]. Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha 山川出版社, 2009.

Takao Yoshiki 高尾善希. Yasashii komonjo no yomikata やさしい古文書の読み方 [Easy methods for reading diplomatics]. Tokyo: Nihon Jitsugyō Shuppansha 日本実業出版社, 2011.

Tōkyō Tegami no Kai 東京手紙の会, ed. Kuzushiji jiten くずし字辞典 [Dictionary of cursive characters]. Tokyo: Shibunkaku Shuppan 思文閣出版, 2000.

Tsugunaga Yoshiteru 嗣永芳照, ed. Komonjo nyūmon kōza 古文書入門講座 [Introductory course on diplomatics]. Tokyo: Shinjinbutsu Ōraisha 新人物往来社, 1992.

Wakao Shunpei 若尾俊平, Asami Megumi 浅見惠, and Nishiguchi Masako 西口雅子, eds. Zōtei kinsei komonjo kaidoku jiten 増訂 近世古文書解読字典 [Revised and enlarged character dictionary for reading early modern diplomatics]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 1972.

Yamada Shōji 山田奨治, Shibayama Mamoru 柴山守, and Kodama Kōta 児玉幸多, eds. Kuzushiji kaidoku yōrei jiten: CD-ROMくずし字解読用例辞典 : CD-ROM版 [Dictionary of cursive characters with examples: CD-ROM]. Tokyo: Tōkyōdō Shuppan, 2007.

Yoshida Yutaka 吉田豊, ed. Terakoyashiki zoku komonjo tenarai 寺子屋式 続古文書手習い [Temple school style: A sequel to learning diplomatics]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2005.

Yoshida Yutaka 吉田豊. Komonjo wo hajimerumae no junbi kōza 古文書をはじめる前の準備講座 [A preparatory course before beginning diplomatics]. Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobō 柏書房, 2008.

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