Introduction to Digital Fujikawa –History of Medicine in Japan–

Chifumi Nishioka - Kyoto University (Japan), Hisaya Akazawa - Kyoto University (Japan), Fuko Hojo - Kyoto University (Japan), Akemi Omura - Kyoto University (Japan), Tatsuji Tomioka - Kyoto University (Japan), Mutsumi Hosaka - Keio University (Japan), Kenichi Igarashi - Keio University (Japan), Ryo Inaki - Keio University (Japan), Shin Irie - Keio University (Japan)

Presentation type: Lightning talk


The Fujikawa collection is a collection of old medical books that had been collected by Dr. Yu Fujikawa (1865-1940). Books in the collection are stored in multiple institutions including Kyoto University, Keio University, and the University of Tokyo. This presentation describes our project “Digital Fujikawa –History of Medicine in Japan–”, which has been jointly launched by Kyoto University Library Network and Keio University Media Center. The project intends to contribute to the development of the research in the history of medicine in Japan by providing the comprehensive view of the Fujikawa Collection that has been physically distributed over different institutions. On September 28, 2018, we launched a website ( that virtually brings together the holdings of different institutions in one place using IIIF protocols. As of February 22, 2019, the website delivers 5,333 titles from three institutions. In the presentation, we look back on different implementations that we examined during the development of the website. In addition, we report the influence of the project on usage statistics of titles.

In the future, we increase digital images available and participating institutions and develop new functions, in order to progress this project from the current trial phase to a full-scale phase by the end of academic year 2020/2021.

Acknowledgements: the digitization of the Fujikawa collections has been supported by the following projects: (1) Project to build an international collaborative research network for pre-modern Japanese texts (NIJL-NW project) by the National Institute of Japanese Literature, (2) Grants for functional enhancements by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, (3) Kyoto University Open Access Promotion Project, and (4) Keio University Media Center (ordinary expenses).


  • IIIF Implementation Spectrum: large-scale or small-scale projects,
  • Implementations of IIIF outside of North America/Europe


  • Project,
  • Implementation,
  • Collaboration