One of the most difficult things to find in Tokyo is a really deep collections of writing on graphic design in English. It’s one of those dark holes in consumer friendliness that is totally understandable, given that English isn’t the native language.
As a stopgap measure, I’ve put together 3 volumes of copies of design history, criticism, and theory titled “Design Research – Additional Reading” and put it on reserve in the Temple University Japan Library. The three volumes cover a lot of ground – from Adolf Loos to Robert Brownjohn, John Ruskin to Rick Poynor. Copious copies of articles from graphic design books, publications, and pamphlets are within. If you have the time and inclination, as well as a penchant for reading blobby xeroxed stuff, it’s at least one more resource.