Tag Archives: photography

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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Resource: Dietrich Seckel’s Photo Archive (1936-1942)

Those interested in everyday life in Japan during World War II may be interested in the University of Heidelberg’s digital archive of photographs by German art historian Dietrich Seckel. Credited as one of the leading figures in establishing art historical … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Jomon-pattern tattoos

Thanks to Corey Noxon over at ArcheoJapan, I became aware of an exhibit that was reported on back in 2016 connected to both ancient culture and traditions in the archipelago and modern tattoo practice. A collaborative project between the well-known tattoo … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Samurai Tradition in Modern Photography

All over Japan, cities, towns, and villages seek to capture their traditions in a variety of ways. Whether it is promoting the local food, celebrating a local festival, or just remembering the deep traditions and past that are a part … Continue reading

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Resource: A-to-Z Dictionary of Japanese Buddhist Statuary and Religious Art

Chances are that if you have tried to google something about Buddhist deities, particularly some of the rarer ones, you’ve come across the A-to-Z Dictionary of Japanese Buddhist Statuary and Religious Art. Run by Mark Schumacher, an independent researcher with … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: 100-Year-Old Glass Plates in an Abandoned Japanese Home

Many people in Japan are big fans of haikyo, literally meaning “ruins,” but more broadly meaning the exploration of abandoned sites in Japanese cities of countrysides. There’s even entire sites dedicated to it! One recent article I came across on PetaPixel was … Continue reading

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Resource: Asian Historical Architecture

Today we introduce a somewhat unusual resource, the site Asian Historical Architecture. This collection of user-donated materials provides a photographic survey of architectural heritage across Asia, taking “Asia” in a refreshingly broad interpretation. Background information and virtual tours are available … Continue reading

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