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Japanese Digital Resources: Art

A guide to mostly free online resources and software that facilitates Japanese research and study.


This page focuses on images for art history and architecture study. It includes sites with:

  • Illustrated books
  • Image databases
  • Reference resources
  • Print databases
  • Information on seals
  • Other art digital archives
  • Information on organizations
  • Historical photograph databases

Illustrated Books

These digital archives focus on hand-illustrated books and scrolls.

Seals 印鑑

Image Databases

These are digital archives that contain high-quality scans of images or photographs related to Japanese art history of all periods.

Databases of Prints

There are many databases of Japanese prints online, so they get their own box here. All of these databases have high-quality scan or photographs of prints, and many focus on ukiyo-e.

Historical Photographs


These reference resources cover various aspects of art history, different time periods, and the use of images in research.

Other Digital Archives


These digital archives contain images of architecture as well as information.

Organizations and Journals

These organizations provide art history related information on the web, and offer open-access journals.

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