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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

The Floating World of Ukiyo-E
"'Ukiyo-e' (translated as pictures of the floating, or sorrowful, world) is a showcase of the Library's spectacular holdings of Japanese prints, books, and drawings from the 17th to the 19th centuries. These works are complemented by related works from the Library's collections created by Japanese and Westerns artists into the 20th century."
- Library of Congress Exhibition

Japanese Text Initiative (JTI)
"... intends to put online on the Web texts of classical Japanese literature in Japanese characters. Our primary audience is English-speaking scholars and students. Where possible, the Japanese texts will be accompanied by English translations."
University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center and the University of Pittsburgh East Asian Library

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Mingei Japanese Folk Toys
Online Exhibit from the Anthropology Dept., California Academy of Sciences.

The Tale of Genji
"This site aims to promote a wider understanding and appreciation of The Tale of Genji - the 11th Century Japanese classic written by a Heian court lady known as Murasaki Shikibu. It also serves as a kind of travel guide to the world of Genji."
By Craig Emmott.

Viewing Japanese Prints
"A Website devoted to the appreciation of three centuries of Japanese printmaking...This website presents illustrated discussions about selected artists and their prints, as well as explorations into various themes in Japanese printmaking."
Sections includes: Early Ukiyo-E ; Golden Age ; Late Ukiyo-E ; Shin Hanga ;Sosaku Hanga ; Contemporary.

Academic Discussion Lists

H-Japan - History of Japan Discussion Network
"...It provides scholars, graduate students and professionals a free daily forum to discuss Japanese history, culture, religion, and society, including contemporary political, diplomatic, security, and economic issues."

"The primary purpose for H-US-Japan is to enable researchers of US-Japan relations to exchange opinions about the significance of current affairs and historical events of Japan-US relations in depth, to discuss new articles, books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis, and to test new ideas and share comments and tips on teaching."

See also our Japanese History page.

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