Kenkyusha's New English-Japanese Dictionary Shigeru Takebayashi, ed. 6th ed. Tokyo: Kenkyusha, 2002. A standard, comprehensive English-Japanese dictionary. The University Libraries system has older editions. Although the older editions are still useful, it is recommendable to consult with the latest edition.
Oxford-Duden Pictorial English-Japanese Dictionary Pheby, John, and Miyamoto, Akito, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983. This dictionary is based on the Oxford-Duden Pictorial German-English Dictionary, 1980. Black/white pictures are detailed and printing is clear. Well indexed for every object in illustrations. Because information can be conveyed more readily and clearly by pictures than definitions and explanations alone, this pictorial dictionary is useful for the students of English and Japanese languages.
Cultural Dictionary of Japan = Wa-Ei Nihon Bunka Jiten Yamaguchi, Momoo and Kojima, Setsuko, eds. Tokyo: Japan Times, 1979. Transliterated terms are arranged under topical headings, with brief definitions and Japanese rendering. There is an alphabetical index to all terms included.
Encyclopedia of Asian History Embree, Ainslie T., ed. 4 vols. New York: Scribner, 1988. Prepared under the auspices of the Asia Society, this set includes articles on Japanese history.
Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan 10 vols. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1983. This publication has detailed, scholarly coverage of all aspects of Japanese history, society and culture. It is well illustrated and features bibliographical notes. Vol. 9 is the subject index.
International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 18 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1968-1979. Includes economic, organizational, political, rural, and urban sociology; the sociologies of knowledge, law, religion, and medicine; human ecology; history of social thought; sociometry and other small group research; and survey research.