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Modern Languages Department: Japanese

This guide is intended for students of Modern Languages as well as other members of the Carnegie Mellon community who wish to develop and maintain their language skills or simply have fun with languages and cultures

Liaison - English & Modern Languages

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Ethan Pullman
109B Hunt Library,
Carnegie Mellon University
4909 Frew Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Liaison Departments:
English, Modern Languages, & Philosophy
Additional Interdisciplinary responsibilities: Ethnic/Minority Studies, & Gender/LGBT studies
(412) 268- 5018

Reading, Reference and Research

If you're looking for scholarly studies of Japanese history, literature or culture, start with the library catalog (Cameo) and databases such as MLA (language & literature), LLBA (linguistics), Historical Abstracts, Google Scholar,  full-text journal collections such as  JSTOR and Project Muse, or reference works such as Credo Reference, Literature Resource Center  or Oxford Reference Online.  The most comprehensive index to use for citations to books and articles is the Bibliography of Asian Studies.

See also the East Asian History guide by CMU History liaison librarian Sue Collins.

Be sure to consult General Tips for Finding Resources in Different Languages on the Modern Languages guide home page. 

Many primary sources on Japanese literature and culture can be found at websites such as these:

Explore Japanese Culture

Featured Tradition: Tea Ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony, chanoyu, or “the way of tea” is an ancient tradition or practice featuring the ceremonial preparation and service of matcha or powdered green tea.  Strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism, the tea ceremony involves knowledge of formal gestures and language as well as the techniques for the proper presentation and consumption of cha (

Watch a Youtube video.