Kyushu University Library Original Merchandise

The Kyushu University Library collection includes many world-class rare books and unique materials that are unique to Kyushu and Fukuoka. We have carefully selected the highly recommended materials from the collection and developed the original merchandise based on them that cannot be found anywhere else.
You can purchase them at Kyushu University Co-op stores or get them as a benefit of donating to the Kyushu University Fund “Kyushu University Digital Resources Improvement Project.” Please feel free to use them for daily use, as gifts, or as souvenirs of your visit to Kyushu University.

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Illustrations of the Kannagaraya Collection
From the Central Library Collection

Illustrations of the Kannagaraya Collection (“Kannagaraya Shuko Zusetsu”) illustrates earthenware, roof tiles, weapons, harnesses, masks for Bugaku (court dance and music), and Buddha statues collected by Masazumi Eto (1836–1911), a famous antiquarian in Fukuoka during the Meiji period. Kyushu University owns many manuscripts handwritten by Eto, old maps, and archeological materials from his huge collection.
Related Link: Library Collections “Masazumi Eto documents”

110 yen (inc. tax) A4 size

Old map of Fukuoka castle town and Hakata neighborhood
From the Manuscript Library Collection

Old map of Fukuoka castle town and Hakata neighborhood is a large map (223.2 × 266.5 cm) that shows the castle town of Fukuoka and the merchant town of Hakata around the year 1800. Kyushu University has made it possible for anyone to view this map in detail by digitizing it in high resolution.
Related Link: Digital Image “Old map of Fukuoka castle town and Hakata neighborhood”

110 yen(inc. tax) A4 size

Shiho / Shifa
From the Central Library Higuchi Collection

Shiho, also pronounced Shifa, is a 16th century Ming Dynasty book of poetry. The illustration of a figure with a shade on his head pointing at a book is a type of advertising that shows the owner of a Ming Dynasty bookstore (Tang Shaochun) selling the book himself, explaining how great it was.
The Higuchi Collection, of which this book is a part, consists of the collection of books formerly owned by Wado Higuchi (1835–1898), a leading Chinese scholar from Chikugo Yame who raised many students of the Chinese Communist Party. In addition, Kyushu University has a large collection of Chinese books related to the sages of Fukuoka and Kyushu.
Related Link: Library Collections “Higuchi Collection”

110 yen(inc. tax) A4 size

The Tale of the Hollow Tree
From the Central Library Hosokawa Collection

The Tale of the Hollow Tree (“Utsuho monogatari”) is a full-length story, written before The Tale of Genji. This illustration depicts a daughter of Kiyohara Toshikage and her son “Nakatada” playing Japanese harps (koto) in front of a hole (utsuho) as animals that are impressed by the harmony come together, carrying fruits as gifts. This picture scroll is from the Hosokawa Collection of books originally owned by the Udo-Hosokawa Family in Higo (Kumamoto). This luxury book seems to have been made as a wedding trousseau and would be appropriate in a feudal lord’s collection.
Related Link: Digital Image “Utsuho Monogatari Emaki” (Volume 5) Library Collections “Hosokawa Collection”

110 yen(inc. tax) A4 size

Equatorial north-south star chart
From the Central Library Kuwaki Collection

Equatorial north-south star chart (“Sekido Nanboku Koseizu”) is a large star chart (80 cm × 78 cm) created in the Edo period. Containing descriptions of the magnitude of fixed stars influenced by Western astronomy, it is a valuable document in the history of astronomy.
The Kuwaki Collection, which includes this chart, was compiled in Kyushu University’s Faculty of Engineering by Ayao Kuwaki (1878–1945), a professor of engineering who established the foundation for the Faculty of Science at Kyushu University. This collection is widely known as one of the largest collections of historical scientific literature in Japan.
Related Link: Library Collections “Kuwaki Collection”

110 yen(inc. tax) A4 size

Seals associated with Kyushu University

This is a collection of seals associated with Kyushu University and its predecessor institutions. The list below describes each seal’s institution. You can trace the long history of Kyushu University by referring to the letters in the illustration.
List of Seals
Related Link: Library Collections “Ownership Seals”

110 yen(inc. tax) A4 size

Set of 6 clear folders: 600 yen(inc. tax)


Quaestiones Quodlibetales
From the Central Library Collection

“Quaestiones Quodlibetales” means a discussion in which anyone can ask any questions. It represented the characteristic of medieval universities as “open” universities.
Kyushu University’s Collection of Thomas Aquinas Studies consists of old publications of literary works written by Thomas Aquinas and related studies. It includes many incunabula (early publications printed in Europe before 1500), one of which is “Quaestiones Quodlibetales.”
Related Link: Library Collections “The Collection of Thomas Aquinas Studies”

440 yen(inc. tax) B/3 pieces

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Illustrations of the ancient Dazaifu
From the Central Library Collection

This picture scroll (“Tofuro Zukan”) is over 8 m wide and was drawn while imagining a scene of the Dazaifu (local government office) in ancient Fukuoka by Minomushi Sanjin (1836–1900), who is known as a wandering painter active at the end of the Edo period.
The understanding of ancient Dazaifu has become more detailed with the development of archaeological research since the modern period based on the pioneering work of Heijiro Nakayama (1871–1956) and Takeshi Kagamiyama (1908–1984) of Kyushu University.
Related Link: Digital Image “Tofuro Zukan”

1,540 yen(inc. tax)

Guide of famous places in Chikuzen
From the Central Library Hirose Collection

Guide of famous places in Chikuzen (“Chikuzen Meisho Zue”) is a guidebook for sightseeing in Fukuoka produced by Okumura Gyokuran, who was a merchant in Hakata. It describes views, customs, and legends in Fukuoka Domain with illustrations. The manuscripts that Kyushu University Central Library holds in the Hirose Collection are older than those in Okumura-kabon, which are exhibited in Fukuoka City Museum. They include original pictures that are thought to be drawn on-site by Gyokuran.
Matsubayashi is a traditional New Year’s event in Hakata and is considered as the origin of Hakata-Dontaku, which our students and staff join every year as “Kyushu University Manabitai.”
Related Link: Digital Image “Chikuzen Meisho Zue” Library Collections “Hirose Collection”

1,540 yen(inc. tax)


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