The foundation of the Toyo Bunko, the Oriental Library, in Komagome began in 1917 when Hisaya Iwasaki of the Mitsubishi Zaibatsu purchased a vast collection of European literature on China by George Ernest Morrison, who was an advisor to the President of the Republic of China. This collection is still held by the Toyo Bunko as the Morrison Collection. The Morrison Collection is housed in a large, photogenic bookshelf at the museum.
While the Morrison Collection may be the highlight of the museum, the Toyo Bunko is also an active research institution with many researchers, and in addition to the Morrison Collection, the Toyo Bunko has a wide range of historical materials from Japan, Korea, Manchuria, Mongolia, Siberia, Central Asia, Tibet, West Asia, Egypt, India, Southeast Asia, and other Asian countries.
Passing by the photogenic Morrison collection, I went to the back of the museum, where I found books other than the Morrison collection on display. These books were displayed in glass cases in the same style as a typical museum. It may not be photogenic, but it was an interesting exhibit in its own right.
|Jul 2021 PEOPLE TOKYO|
July 3, 2021
Toyo Bunko, Tokyo
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