Tag Archives: Meiji period

Resource: The Meiji at 150 Project

Today we introduce a wonderful, multifaceted and multi-year project spearheaded by the University of British Columbia that has been bringing great content to the Japanese Studies community in a number of forms: The Meiji at 150 Project. In honor of … Continue reading

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Resource: Metadatabase of Japanese Old Photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Period

Nagasaki University Library maintains a collection of Japanese photographs from the Bakumatsu (1853 and 1867) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods that represent some of the earliest photographs of Japan as it transitioned from the Tokugawa shogunate to the Meiji state. Holding … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Photos of Meiji Japan

Recently grape posted an article featuring thirty photos from the Meiji period taken by photographer Kozaburo Tamamura (1856-1923) that were auctioned off in Britian in 2013. Ranging from wooden bridges and young women in their daily lives to shopping streets and wintery … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Meiji Meth: the Deep History of Illicit Drugs

When Breaking Bad was in its full (and justified) hype, a colleague of mine over at Nursing Clio  sent me this link about the invention of meth in Meiji Japan, a factoid of which I was totally unaware. Want to find out … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: All About Netsuke

For the kogei- and fashion lovers, Collectors Weekly interviewed Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) director Christine Drosse back in 2011 about netsuke. The link includes links to LACMA’s online collections of Edo- and Meiji Period netsuke as well as to the International … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Viscount Hayashi in The Lady’s Realm Magazine

This week’s fun link is a combination of my enjoyment of first-person accounts, historical ladies magazines, and the late Meiji period. This article from The Lady’s Realm (1903-4), a British women’s magazine, details the lifestyle of Viscount Hayashi and his wife Misao. I … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan

In 1895, the newly formed Greater Japan Martial Virtue Association (Dainippon Butokukai) held its first annual Martial Virtue Festival (butokusai) in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The Festival marked the arrival of a new iteration of modern Japan, as the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Kokugaku in Meiji-period Japan: The Modern Transformation of ‘National Learning’ and the Formation of Scholarly Societies

Leiden, Boston: Global Oriental, 2012 (313 p.) Kokugaku in Meiji-period Japan offers a new perspective on scholarly networks and the foundations of modern Japan. Utilizing never-explored original sources and with a unique focus on the persons involved, Michael Wachutka elucidates how kokugaku … Continue reading

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Book announcement: The Truth of the Ancient Ways: A Critical Biography of the Swordsman Yamaoka Tesshu

Language: English Publisher: Kodenkan Institute Publication date: January 31, 2012 Binding type/size: paperback, 6″ x 9″ Description: 202 pages, bibliography, index ISBN-13: 978-0984012909 ISBN-10: 0984012907 Library of Congress Control Number: 2011938616 Book description Among practitioners of Japanese martial arts both … Continue reading

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Resource: USCF Japanese Woodblock Prints

Interested in Japanese medical history and art? Check out the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Digital Collection of Japanese Woodblock Prints! About In 1963, an East Asian collection was started by UCSF Provost and university librarian, later Chancellor, John … Continue reading

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