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These reference sources include guides and bibliographies that facilitate research on Japanese provinces, regions, and municipalities.
Chihōshi Kenkyū Zasshi Database 地方史研究雑誌データベース
This database, provided by bookseller Iwata Shoin, is a comprehensive index to local research journals from prefectures across Japan, browsable through a map view.
Chihōshi Jōhō 岩田書院『地方史情報』
This is a newsletter from bookseller Iwata Shoin, containing lists of new books, gift books, and tables of contents of journals related to the Tōhoku region. Published monthly and available as PDF from 2009-present.
Digital Archives - Kantō
Digital archives from libraries in the Kantō region, including Tokyo and Yokohama.
Digital Archives - Tōhoku
These are digital libraries and archives related to, or based in, the Tōhoku region.
Tōhoku Daigaku Digital Collection 東北大学デジタルコレクション
Search of several collections held at Tōhoku University, including their Natsume Sōseki and Kano Kokichi bunko, as well as Akita family documents. Includes an English interface but not all documents are digitized. Metadata can be viewed for all, and the documents consulted at the university library.
Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters
The Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters provides metadata and previews for the holdings of a wide variety of digital archives run by Japanese and overseas institutions, including photographs, news headlines and articles, testimonials, tweets, and websites. It also includes a map function as well as the opportunity for users to create their own themed collections of materials and submit translations of individual items.
Digital Archives - Hokkaidō
Digital archives from libraries in Hokkaidō.
Digital Archives - Chūbu
Digital archives from libraries in the Chūbu region of central Japan, including some special collections relating to local landmarks and events.
Digital Archives - Kansai
Digital archives from the Kansai region, with a focus on Kyoto and Nara.
Nara Chiiki Kanren Shiryō Gazō Database 奈良地域関連資料画像データベース
Various scrolls and other images related to the Nara region, digitized by Nara Women's University.
Kyoto National Museum Database
Several digital archives of high-quality images of objects from the Kyoto National Museum, including general collections, national treasures, multilingual commentary on national treasures owned by the five national museums, and a curated guide to the best-known works at the museum.
Nara National Museum Gazō Database
A database of images of various objects in the Nara National Museum database, including an advanced search function.
Kyōto Daigaku Denshi Toshokan Kichō Shiryō Gazō 京都大学電子図書館貴重資料画像
A digital archive containing images of a wide variety of artifacts held by Kyōto University Library, including photographs, emaki, paintings, and more.
Ryukoku University Library Digital Archives 龍谷大学図書館貴重資料データベース
Digital facsimiles of features from Ryukoku University's collections, ranging from literature to religion, history, and sociology.
Osaka Ohtani University Digital Library 大阪大谷大学貴重と書の紹介
A variety of scrolls, including illustrations, digitized at high quality. Some require Flash or Microsoft Silverlight to view.
Digital Archives - Chūgoku
Digital archives and libraries in or about the Chūgoku region.
Digital Archives - Kyūshū
Digital archives from libraries, museums, and other institutions in the Kyūshū region.
Various web resources on Okinawa, including digital archives and guides.
Ryūkyū/Okinawa Kankei Kichō Shiryō Digital Archives 琉球･沖縄関係貴重資料デジタルアーカイブ (Ryūkyū University)
A wide variety of digitized documents related to Okinawa, some in collaboration with the University of Hawai'i Manoa.
Okinawa Compact Jiten 沖縄コンパクト事典
A dictionary of Okinawa, courtesy of Ryukyu Shinpo. Includes many topics such as history, geography, customs, and sports.
Ryūkyū University Institutional Repository
Scholarly research produced and housed by the University of the Ryukyus, made available for free online.
Ryūkyū-go Onsei Database 琉球語音声データベース
A searchable online dictionary of various Okinawan dialects with explanatory material. Japanese and Okinawan only.
Okinawa no Kamon 沖縄の家紋
A visual guide to Okinawan family emblems, or kamon.
Ryūkyū Kafu Mokuroku Database 琉球家譜目録データベース
Genealogies of Ryūkyū families by Watanabe Miki.
Watanabe Miki HP 渡辺美季HP
Watanabe Miki is a professor at Kanagawa and a researcher of Okinawan history. He provides various resources on Okinawan history on his personal website, including a message board, index of Okinawa-related sites in China and Japan, and bibliography of Okinawa history research.
Tsūkō Ichiran Ryūkyū Kokubu Text 通航一覧琉球国部テキスト
Documents related to Ryukyu from the Edo period, with an emphasis on diplomacy. Full text but no page images available.
Ryūkyū Gaikoku Kankei Monjo 琉球外国関係文書
Full text, but no page images, of documents held by 東京大学史料編纂所. Document sections are hyperlinked from a table of contents and delivered in another frame of the page.