Bibliography of Japanese History up to 1912 created by Peter Kornicki

Catalogue of the pre-1900 printed books on Japan in European languages housed in the library of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies; 1,057 items.

Primary sources

Sources of East Asian tradition: The Modern period, edited by Wm. Theodore de Bary.

Sources of Japanese tradition: 1600 to 2000, compiled by Wm. Theodore de Bary ... [et al.].

Foreign media

Anglo-Japnese Gazzette (July 1902-June 1903)

In print

Japan and the Illustrated London news : complete record of reported events, 1853-1899 / compiled and introduced by Terry Bennett ; with a historical perspective by Hugh Cortazzi ; indexed by J.E. Hoare.

Egakareta bakumatsu Meiji : Irasutoreiteddo Rondon Nyūsu Nihon Tsūshin 1853-1902 / Kanai Madoka henyaku.
描かれた幕末明治 : イラストレイテッド・ロンドン・ニュース日本通信1853-1902 / 金井圓編訳.


Early Modern Japan: an interdisciplinary journal

Japan Review :the refereed journal published by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies from volume 1 (1990) to volume 22 (2010) are available.

Japan Focus, Asia Pacific Journal

Japanese Book News is published quarterly by the Japan Foundation to make available to overseas readers up-to-date information on new books and recent topics of Japan’s publishing culture.


National Archives of Japan 国立公文書館
Searchable catalog of 490,000 volumes of Naikaku bunko 內閣文庫, which includes official documents since the Edo 江戸government and other historically significant books and manuscripts.

Internationa Reserach Center for Japanese Studies 国際日本文化研究センター

Edo Tokyo Museum 江戸東京博物館

National Museum of Japanese History 国立歴史民俗博物館
The museum is digitizing its primary documents and compiling bibliographies and a collection catalog.

Historical Images

 National Archives' Digital collection: Modern maps

Visualizing Cultures

Tokyo Archive 都市・東京の記憶 

長崎大学所蔵幕末明治期日本古写真コレクション Japanese Od Photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji period

The Meiji and Taisho Eras in Photpgraph 写真の中の明治・大正 500 photos of prewar time (1868-1945) Tokyo are searchable.

Historical Images of Yokohama including photos, prints, trademarks, posters.

Commodore Perry in Yokohama

Trademarks and posters

Asahi shinbun Historical Photo Archives 10,000 photos taken between 1930-1945 by asahi journalists dispatched in Asia. (ID/PIN)