Japan's Imperial past

Japan-China War on September 16th 1895 in Seoul

East Asia Image Collections: photographs, negatives, postcards, and slides of imperial Japan (1868-1945), its Asian empire (1895-1945) and occupied Japan (1947-52). Images of Taiwan 台湾, Japan 日本, China 中国, Korea 朝鮮, Manchuria 満州国, andIndonesia are included. Created and maintained by Laffayette College Libraries.

Returns of the foreign trade of the Empire of Japan for the thirty-two years 1868-1904, Ministry of Finance, Japan. 


臺灣日治時期統計資料庫 (臺灣法實證日治時期資料庫) 


Films in DVD

Nihonkai daikaisen [videorecording]directed by Maruyama Seiji. A feature film on Russo-Japan War.

Saka no Ue no Kumo (坂の上の雲), or "Clouds Above the Hill"  The drama takes place during Meiji Period and portraits how the military officers and brothers, Akiyama Yoshifuru and Akiyama Saneyuki and the poet Masaoka Shiki carved out a path to a new era with their integrity.

Mantesu kiroku eigashu 満鉄記録映画集 1-12 in DVD, Documentary films produced by the South Manchurian Railway company in 1930's.

Ningen no jōken [videorecording] = The Human condition, directed by Masaki Kobayashi.


Films online

Japanese Invasion of Manchuria

The Road to the War -- Manchuria

Visual resources

Sino-Japanese War Prints in the British Library A collection of 235 prints of the Sino-Japanese War are viewable with commentaries.

Illustrated Postes on Air Raid defense National Archives

Gerald & Rella Warner Japan Slide Collection 567 color slides from the personal collection of US State Department official Gerald Warner and his wife Rella Warner. The great majority were produced between 1947 and 1951, during the US Occupation of Japan.