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Category Archives: Japan

winter storm

Dear all, as a potentially historic winter storm is approaching, Harvard University will curtail operations at midday today. For those of you in New England, we hope you all stay safe! Photo from

A Japanese traveler in China and Russia

A nineteenth-century Japanese traveler in Heilongjiang (China) and Sakhalin (Russia). From 間宮林蔵口述, 東韃地方紀行(Tōdatsu chihō kikō), 1810.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Harvard-Yenching Library will be reopened on Jan. 2. We wish you all have a wonderful and productive 2013 and look forward to seeing you at the library. Photo: Yoshinobu Ikeda, The First Letter of the Year

世界萬国日本ヨリ海上里數王城人物圖 (Sekai bankoku nihon yori kaijo risu ojo jinbutsu zu)

世界萬国日本ヨリ海上里數王城人物圖 More Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era can be viewed in this UBC digital library. “Unlike most of the collections outside Japan, this collection does not contain many government or administrative maps. Its focus is on privately published and travel related maps and guides published in Japan during the Tokugawa or Edo […]

Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, 1907-1927

Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, or, the Story of Plant Hunters in the Early 20th Century. More than 4,500 botanical and cultural images of Eastern Asia by John George Jack (1861–1949), Ernest Henry Wilson (1876–1930), Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), William Purdom (1880–1921), Joseph Hers (1884–1965) and Joseph Charles Francis Rock (1884–1962) from the […]

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

More than 125,000 high-resolution images of works from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, one of the leading museums in the world, have gone online, and free for all. Paintings and artifacts from East Asia can also be found in its collection. The museum invites the public to become the curator and use them creatively. We encourage […]

Digital library of Ryukoku University

The Library of Ryukoku University in Kyoto is known for its Buddhist collection. So far it has digitized 416 titles from the library collection, covering literature, buddhism, history, medicine, and this one, an illustrated “Song of Everlasting Regret (長恨歌)” of Haku Kyoi. 龍谷大学電子図書館 digital library of Ryukoku University:

鷹繪圖 Takaezu

  This afternoon (3:30pm), the library is hosting a site visit for the Take Note conference. Many note-taking examples will be shown at the bibliography room, including 18th century Japanese Falconry manuscripts once held at the library of Matsudaira Sadanobu 松平定信, the famous Daimyo in the Edo period. Don’t miss it! Take Note conference online […]

韓国濟州島旅行日誌 Journey to the Jejo Island

제주도, an island off the southern coast of South Korea, has been one of the most popular tourist destinations for Koreans and people from East Asia. This book, Han’guk Cheju-do yŏhaeng ilchi (Kankoku Saishūtō ryokō nisshi 韓国濟州島旅行日誌), records a four-month journey from Japan, via Busan, to this beautiful island in the early 20th century, with […]

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: