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National Diet Library (Japanese or English)

  • Modern Japan in Archives
    100-Year History From the Opening of the Country to the San Francisco Peace Treaty
  • Birth of the Constitution of Japan
    "The National DietLibrary's online exhibition 'Birth of the Constitution of Japan' presents the major events and important documents involved in the framing and enactment of Japan's Constitution."
    Sections include: Archives ; Historical Figures ; Glossary ; List of Documents ; Chronological Table ; The Constitution.
  • Nippon in the World
    Sections include: Scenic Mementos of Japan ; Vienna International Exposition (1873) ; Modern Japanese Political History Materials (Japanese).

Aizu History Project
"A team of historians and computer specialists from the University of Aizu (Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan) and from Applied Cad/Art (Eugene, Oregon, USA) is developing educational software on Japanese history, focusing on the Aizu region."

A Brief Introduction to the History of Bunraku
By Matthew Johnson

1889 Constitution of the Empire of Japan
"From Hirobumi Ito, Commentaries on the constitution of the empire of Japan, trans. Miyoji Ito (Tokyo: Igirisu-horitsu gakko, 22nd year of Meiji,1889).
- Hanover Historical Texts Project.

Constitution of Japan (English)
(Nihonkoku Kenpou)
Promulgated on November 3, 1946. Came into effect on May 3, 1947.

The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb
"The collection has links to the digital versions of the "Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb" study collection, as well as the smaller study collection of the same topic. These are digital representations of the original study collections held at the Truman Presidential Library."

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

George Washington University - National Security Archives

  • U.S.-Japan Relations Declassified
    Documents Secret History of Recent U.S.-Japan Ties, 1977-1992.
    "More Than 1,750 Former Secrets Obtained through the Freedom of Information Act Cover the Carter, Reagan, Bush I Administrations."
    National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 175, December 2005.

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."

Historical Architecture of Asia:
China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, & Cambodia
"...an online archive of Asian architectural photos. Here you can explore over a hundred-forty sites in six countries, with extensive background information and innovative'virtual tours'."
By Tim Ciccone, Abe Ahn, and Robert D. Fiala

History of Japan Main Page
"The approach followed is chronological. After a brief "Basics" section, Japan's historical trajectory is divided into ten periods, ranging from several thousand years before the Common Era through the late 1990s. For now we have emhasized [sic] the earlier eras and mainly left aside Twentieth Century Japan. Some sites, however, are arranged topically and begin whenever the activity first emerged. These we have worked into the chronology where discussion of the practice, belief, or trend commences."
Part of larger world history portal.
By William J. Gilmore-Lehne, Professor of History, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Japanese Studies Programme Publications
- Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)

A Joint Study of the Sino-Japanese War, 1931-1945
"This multi-year project seeks to expand research into Sino-Japanese conflict between 1931 and 1945 by promoting cooperation among scholars and institutions in China, Japan, the United States, and other nations."
Includes materials in Chinese, English, Japanese, and other languages.

Kyoto National Museum (English or Japanese)

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

  • The Art of Asia - Buddhism
    Sections include: Origins of Buddhism ; Who's Who in Heaven ; Guide to Buddhist Sects ; Yamantaka Mandala ; Video: Japanese Buddhism ; Featured Objects ; Glossary.

Ohara Institute for Social Research, Hosei University

  • Oisr.org Poster Exhibit
    Images of Japanese Labor and Social Movement in the Post-1945 Japan
    "Ohara Institute for Social Research owns about 1400 posters of labor and social movements in the post-1945 period. Many of the posters are those in the second half of the 1940s and the 1950s when labor unions, legalized for the first time in 1945, engaged in intense struggles with employers and the government in order to win better wages and working conditions. We present 200 of our 1400 collection in the "slide show format" (each poster is shown for 12 seconds). Posters are classified by the names of confederations and by industries. We translated into English titles and organizations of about 80 percent of the presented posters

Prehistoric Japanese News
From The Japan Times

TeaHyakka Magazine (English or Japanese)
The Encyclopedia of Japanese Tea Ceremony

Tokyo National Museum (Japanese or English)

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

U.S. Geological Survey

University of California, Berkeley - East Asian Library

  • Japanese Historical Maps from the Mitsui Collection
    "The Japanese Historical Map Collection contains about 2,300 early maps of Japan and the World. The collection was acquired by the University of California from the Mitsui family in 1949, and is housed on the Berkeley campus in the East Asian Library. Represented in this online collection are about 100 maps and books from this Collection."

University of Cambridge - Fitzwilliam Museum

  • Kunisada and Kabuki
    "This website accompanies an exhibition of Kunisadaís woodblock prints of Kabuki actors and allows the viewer to explore a virtual display of all three parts of the exhibition."

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