Inquiries and Resources

No Material Requests (posted April 28, 2020)
Due to the JIC closure, we are unable to fulfill materials requests at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

The Japan Information Center provides cultural resources free of charge as available. We can answer basic questions,provide a selection of texts, posters, and periodicals at no charge, and loan cultural items to organizations and educators.

For other inquiries not listed on this page, please send an email to the JIC information account:

Free Materials

The JIC can provide a variety of textual materials free to the residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

To view a list of available materials and request them, please visit our request free materials page

Cultural Items for Loan

The JIC loans flags and other cultural items to organizations and teachers for use in displays or instruction about Japan.

You can access a complete list of items for loan and fill out a cultural materials loan form (both in PDF format). For specific questions about the items, please contact us at the JIC.

Local Resources

Want to take Japanese language classes?
Need to buy a kimono?
Have a craving for sushi?

Check out our lists of local resources to help you find what you're looking for:

Questions About Japan

The staff at the Japan Information Center can answer some general questions about Japan and Japanese culture, and we can provide resources for further inquiry. If you have a general question about Japan or Japanese culture, we ask that you use the following procedure:
      1) First, check the website Web Japan, which has a vast amount of information about Japan
      2) If you cannot find what you are looking for there, conduct an internet search from your favorite search engine
      3) If you cannot find information after searching on the internet, please contact us at the JIC