The following information will be very useful for you as you continue exploring detailed research materials. Because of 21st century technology, searching for information in a variety of languages is now possible. With translation software becoming mainstream, it is now very easy to successfully search for materials in East Asian languages. Below you will find notes on transliterating East Asian languages into Roman letters (Romanization). One could always copy-paste East Asian language keywords into search fields, but often this is not how library systems are oriented. Thus, it is useful to know how various countries and scholars use Romanization methods.
Japanese is transliterated in a very systematic manner (the Hepburn system also called
Let's say you want to find out how to write a proper name or word in Japanese. You can use a website such as Japanese Transliteration to find out how something is written in Romanji, Katakana, and Hiragana. The latter two use a syllabary writing system (where symbols represent sounds), but it should be noted that Japanese names are written in Kanji. When in doubt, use romanji to search in Tripod.