30,000-Volume Collection on Japanese Culture Bound for USC’s East Asian Library
Bishop Hiroshi Alexander Fukaya (front and center) and Vice Dean Martín Gomez (to Fukaya's left) with representatives of the Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters and the USC Libraries at a November 29 ceremony.
The Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters in America has donated approximately 30,000 books related to Japanese Culture to the USC Libraries. In a November 29 ceremony inside USC's East Asian Library, Vice Dean Martín Gomez of the USC Libraries and Bishop Hiroshi Alexander Fukaya of the Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters signed documents formalizing the gift. The books come from the Hinomoto Library, which the Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters founded in 1955 in Boyle Heights as a source of information about the Tenri religion and Japanese culture.
USC students, faculty, staff, and other researchers will soon have access to collection, which covers a range of subjects, including Japanese literature, history, and art. The books will begin appearing in the HOMER catalog and on library bookshelves in the coming months as they are catalogued.
Vice Dean Martín Gomez watches as Bishop Fukaya signs the documents formalizing the donation.