Finding Images of East Asia at Harvard and Beyond

5. Images of Japan

This section provides links to guides about and sites containing photographs and other visual images of Japan, as well as selected books on the history of photography in Japan.

For more in-depth guidance, please contact Nanni Deng, the Asian Art Bibliographer at the Fine Arts Library; Kuniko Yamada McVey, Librarian for the Japanese Collection at the Harvard-Yenching Library, or Kazuko Sakaguchi, Librarian of the Documentation Center on Contemporary Japan in the Fung Library.

Digital Image Archives
Published in the Reischauer Institute journal, Tsushin 通信, this article by Kazuko Sakaguchi discusses the potential of image databases for research and teaching, with particular reference to a number of Japanese photograph databases. Includes information on their contents, services, and relevant search strategies.

Japanese Image Resources at Duke
Provides a very useful overview of print resources for visual materials on Japan held at Duke University, organized by subject.

Database of Early Photographs 古写真データベース
Created by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies 国際日本文化研究センター, this database contains thousands of photographs taken in Japan during the late nineteenth century. Use of the site is free but requires registration. Searching available in both Japanese and English. For more information on using this database, see the article "Digital Image Archives".

Early Photo Database
Created by the Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo 東京大学史料編纂所, this database also provides images from the late Tokugawa 徳川 and early Meiji 明治 periods. Includes many portraits, as well as photographs taken during the Iwakura Mission. Registration required. For more information on using this database, see the article "Digital Image Archives"

Image Database of Old Photographs of Japan 幕末明治期日本古写真画像データベース
Searchable archive of 5,416 photographs of Nagasaki and other parts of Japan taken during the latter half of the 19th century.

Japan, hand-colored photographs, ca. 1880
Approximately 170 images of nineteenth-century Japan from the Samuel Jacobson Collection at the California Museum of Photography.

Nagasaki: The Johnson Family Albums, ca. 1895 - 1910
Photographs of Nagasaki taken by a Methodist missionary family at the turn of the twentieth century and held by the California Museum of Photography.

Peace Database 平和データベース
Multimedia database presenting over 12,000 items from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, including text, photographs, film, and sound. For more information on using this database, see the article "Digital Image Archives".

Tokyo: The Meiji and Taisho Eras in Photographs (English interface)
東京:写真の中の明治、大正 (Japanese interface)
Database of photographs of Tokyo in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, digitized from publications held by the National Diet Library 国立国会図書館. Allows searching in Japanese or English. Category browsing, as well as an option to search by region using a map.

60s’ Wonder World 60年代通信
Information on Japanese culture in the 1960s cultures , especially youth culture. Includes TV advertisements and programs, magazines, songs, candies, children’s games, cartoons, films, etc.

A Guide to the Ukiyo-e Sites of the Internet
Links to a large number of sites dealing with ukioyo-e 浮世絵, including a number of major Japanese collections.

Historical photographs of Japan

Burke-Gaffney, Brian. Hana no Nagasaki : arubamu Nagasaki hyakunen : hizō ehagaki korekushon 華の長崎 : アルバム長崎百年: 秘蔵絵葉書コレクション = Nagasaki : a history in picture postcards.
Nagasaki-shi 長崎市: Nagasaki Bunkensha 長崎文献社, 2005. 227 p.
Harvard-Yenching | (J) | DS894.99.N338 B87 2005x
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"Furui shashin" kan : bakumatsu kara Shōwa e : dokusha shozō 「古い写真」館 : 幕末から昭和へ : 読者所蔵 / edited by Gotō Kazuo, Matsumoto Itsuya, Hayasaka Motooki後藤和雄, 松本逸也, 早坂元興編. 
Tōkyō 東京 : Asahi Shinbunsha  朝日新聞社, 1986 (1987 printing).  209 p.
Harvard-Yenching | (J) | DS821 .F87 1986
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Ikokujin no mita bakumatsu Meiji Japan 異国人の見た幕末・明治 Japan. 
Tōkyō   東京 : Shin Jinbutsu Ōraisha  新人物往来社, 2005.  189 p.
Harvard-Yenching | (J) | DS809 .I36 2005
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Shashinshū Meiji no kioku : Gakushūin Daigaku shozō shashin写真集明治の記憶 : 学習院大学所蔵写真 / edited by Gakushūin Daigaku Shiryōkan学習院大学史料館編. 
Tōkyō東京 : Yoshikawa Kōbunkan吉川弘文館, 2006.  230 p.
Harvard-Yenching | (J) | DS882 .S53 2006
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Zusetsu Ānesuto Satou : bakumatsu ishin no Igirisu gaikōkan 図說アーネスト・サトウ : 幕末維新のイギリス外交官 The Ernest Satow album : portraits of a British diplomat in young Japan / [edited by] Yokohama Archives of History 横浜開港資料館編.
Yokohama-shi 横浜市 : Yūrindō 有隣堂, Heisei 平成 13 [2001].   123 p.
Harvard-Yenching | (J) | DA565.S334 Z87 2001
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Books about photography in Japan

The adventure of Japanese photography, 1860-1890 / edited by Philipp March, Claudia Delank.
Heidelberg : Kehrer, 2002.
Fine Arts | FAL-LC | TR105 .A2413 2002
Translation of Abenteuer japanische Fotografie, 1860-1890.
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Art photography in Japan, 1920-1940 / foreword, Charles Schwartz & Howard Greenberg ; essays, Christian A. Peterson, Kerry Ross ; biographies, Naomi Izakura & Torin Boyd.
New York : Charles Schwartz Ltd. : Howard Greenberg Gallery, c2003.
Fine Arts | FAL-LC | TR105 .A78 2003
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The history of Japanese photography/ Anne Wilkes Tucker ... [et al.] ; with essays by Iizawa Kōtarō, Kinoshita Naoyuki ; edited and translated by John Junkerman.
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2003.
Fine Arts | FA10441.20
Harvard-Yenching | (W) | TR105 .H57 2003
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Low, Morris. Japan on display : photography and the Emperor.
New York : Routledge, 2006.
Harvard-Yenching | (W) | DS881.9 .L68 2006
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Reflecting truth : Japanese photography in the nineteenth century / edited by Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere and Mikiko Hirayama.
Leiden : Hotei, c2004.
Fine Arts | FAL-LC TR105 .R44 2004
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Studies or collections of photographers working in Japan

Bakumatsu Nihon no fūkei to hitobito : F. Beato shashinshū 1 幕末日本の風景と人びと : F.ベアト写真集 / ed. Yokohama Kaikō Shiryōkan横浜開港資料館編.
Tōkyō東京: Akashi Shoten 明石書店, 2006. 199 p.
Harvard-Yenching | (J) | DS809 .B43 2006 vol.1
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Gaikokujin kameraman ga totta bakumatsu Nihon : F. Beato shashinshū 2 外国人カメラマンが撮った幕末日本 : F.ベアト写真集 2 / ed. Yokohama Kaikō Shiryōkan横浜開港資料館編.
Tōkyō東京: Akashi Shoten 明石書店, 2006. 135 p.
Harvard-Yenching | (J) | DS809 .B43 2006 vol.2
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Kodaira Yutaka 小平豊.  Bunmei kaika no shashinshi : Kataoka Joshō monogatari文明開化の写真師 : 片岡如松物語.
Utsunomiya-shi  宇都宮市 : Zuisōsha随想舎, 2005.  359 p.
Harvard-Yenching | (J) | TR140.K38 K63 2005
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Nakamura Hirotoshi 中村啓信.  Meiji jidai karā shashin no kyojin Kusakabe Kinbē 明治時代カラー写真の巨人日下部金兵衛
Tōkyō 東京: Kokusho Kankōkai国書刊行会, Heisei平成18 [2006] 
Harvard-Yenching | (J) | TR140.K826 N35 2006
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Ueno Hikoma rekishi shashin shūsei上野彦馬歴史写真集成 = The collected historical photographs of Ueno Hikoma / edited by Baba Akira馬場章編.
Tōkyō 東京 : Watanabe Shuppan 渡辺出版, 2006.  p. 126.
Harvard-Yenching | (J) | DS881.3 .U36 2006
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Catalogs

Shashinchō shashinshū naiyō saimoku sōran : Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan shozō Shōwa zenki hen 写真帳・写真集内容細目総覧 : 国立国会図書館所蔵昭和前期編 / Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan Senmon Shiryōbu henshū  国立国会図書館専門資料部編集
Tōkyō 東京: Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan 国立国会図書館, 1999. 
Harvard-Yenching | (J) | Z695.1.P5.P55 K64 1999x
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National Diet Library inventory of photographic collections, 1926-1945.

Tōkyō Daigaku Shiryō Hensanjo shashinchō mokuroku  東京大学史料編纂所写真帳目錄  / Comp. by Tōkyō Daigaku Shiryō Hensanjo  / 東京大学史料編纂所編
Tōkyō 東京 : Tōkyō Daigaku Shuppankai 東京大学出版会, 1996-<1997 >
Harvard-Yenching | (J) | Z3306 .T56 1996
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