Tenri Central Library

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Tenri Central Library

Tenri Central Library (天理大学附属天理図書館 Tenri Daigaku Fuzoku Tenri Toshokan) is the library of Tenri University. It has notably extensive collections in antiquarian material, including original manuscripts from 13th century Japan, and artifacts of European exploration and early visits to Japan. Dating to 1926, the library predates the university itself. It has its origins in the private collection of the family of the foundress of Tenrikyo, Oyasama.[1]

They sponsor the Tenri Antiquarian Materials Workshop, which gathers rare materials from the modernization period in East Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries, and organizes them for local and overseas research.[2] They are noted for their collection of works by Sheng Xuanhuai.[3] They also have a copy of the original Romance of the Three Kingdoms.


  1. ^ http://www.tcl.gr.jp/eng/tcl/enkaku_e.htm
  2. ^ Sachie Noguchi, "Tenri Workshop: A Report to NCC Board in August 2007", Journal of East Asian Libraries 145 (June 2008), 69-71; also "Tenri Workshop Year 2: A Report", Journal of East Asian Libraries 146 (October 2008), 66-8, and "Tenri Workshop Year 3: A Report", Journal of East Asian Libraries 149 (October 2009), 61-5.
  3. ^ Kaneko Kazumasa, "Shen Hsuan-Huai collection in the Tenri Central Library", Committee on East Asian Libraries Bulletin 101 (December 1993), 149-50

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Coordinates: 34°35′41″N 135°50′47″E / 34.59472°N 135.84639°E / 34.59472; 135.84639