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みちのく震録伝 Michinoku Shinroku-den

Michinoku Shinroku-den みちのく震録伝, a digital archive for the 311 earthquake created by Tohoku Univeristy 東北大学, has released more than 10,000 photos taken after the earthquake, in addition to several digital projects. For photos, click the link below and choose each of the areas to see. For projects:


The extravagant fantasies of sex in Edo Japan have long been known as one of the most surprising characteristics of the era and keep amazing modern readers. You can now browse these impressive pictures online in 近世艶本総合データベース by Ritsumeikan University: The database collects 2,995 titles of Enhon, or erotic texts, from Ritsumeikan University, Nichibunken […]

Early Photography of Japan

More than 2,000 images of Meiji Japan now available at Early Photography of Japan is a virtual collection of more than 40 souvenir photograph albums and illustrated publications with over 2,000 images from Widener Library, the Fine Arts Library, and Harvard-Yenching Library. These images primarily document the early history of commercial photography in Japan […]

Shen Bao (申報)

A new database on trial:Shen Bao (申報). One of the most important newspaper in modern China, Shen Bao has been a major source for many historians of the period. The database covers the content from 1872 to 1949, including editions from Shanghai, Hankow, and Hongkong, and provides full-text search and original images. Follow the link […]

Database of Chinese Local Records 中國方志庫

  For those who study later imperial China, here’s the good news. Harvard-Yanching Library has subscribed a magnificent database, 中國方志庫 (Database of Chinese Local Records), which contains more than 10,000 local gazetteers from the Song to the Republican era, 10 million digitized images, and 2 billion words. Now log in with your HID and […]