The design collection, which spans works from the latter half of the 19th century to the present day, contains about 30,000 posters by designers from Japan and abroad, such as Hiromu Hara, Yusaku Kamekura, and Mitsuo Katsui. Also in the collection are about 350 masterpiece chairs by designers such as Charles Eames and Hans Wegner, as well as excellent examples of industrial design, toys, and others. The diverse works of art in the collection focus on pieces by artists who have taught at the University, including oil paintings by Takeo Yamaguchi and Saburo Aso, Japanese-style paintings by Aritsune Hattori, Shoko Kawasaki, and Hideo Shiode, woodblock prints by Josaku Maeda, and sculptures by Takashi Shimizu and Haruhiko Yasuda.
The Library contains many valuable books, ranging from 13th century European manuscripts to 20th century avant garde works like John Heartfield’s photomontage collection AIZ, and USSR and Vsesyuananya Poligraficheskaya Vistaka, which El Lissitzky was involved with. Also in the collection are Isotype-related materials by Otto Neurath, natural history archives, Japanese illustrated scrolls, picture books from the Nara period, and bound Japanese books in the ukiyozōshi genre, etc. As for natural history, our University is the only place in possession of a complete set of the volumes of Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe. There are around 100,000 books on the shelves, 5,000 titles of art and design-related periodicals from Japan and overseas, 50,000 catalogues from exhibitions held in Japan and abroad, and 5,000 visually stunning picture books.
Folk Art Gallery
The Folk Art Gallery contains artifacts of culture and lifestyles from throughout Japan. They include domestic tools and utensils such as ceramics, bamboo craftwork, cloth, and iron and wooden vessels, as well as locally made toys, kites, and articles related to religious beliefs. The roughly 90,000 pieces in the collection, which has been growing since it was first begun in the 1960s, makes it one of the largest of its kind in the country.
The Image Library contains classics by masters such as Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, experimental Japanese films, documentaries on modern artists such as Yayoi Kusama, and animated films by Hayao Miyazaki and Osamu Tezuka. The collection contains about 17,000 works in a range of genres.