Ethnography and Folklore

Metadata Database of Japanese Old Photographs in the Bakumatsu-Meiji Period

URL:http://oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/en/index.html

The Metadata Database of Japanese Old Photographs in the Bakumatsu--Meiji Period, Nagasaki University Library showcases the library's photographs from this period. As the title indicates, the database annotates each photograph with metadata, making it easier to search for items.

The Meiji and Taisho Eras in Photographs: From Photographs in Publications Held by the National Diet Library

URL:http://www.ndl.go.jp/scenery_top/e/index.html

The Meiji and Taisho Eras in Photographs highlights scenery from the last decade of the nineteenth century to the early decades of the twentieth century from Tokyo and Kansai. Both count 500 and 400 items, respectively. It is possible to search for photographs by maps, categories, and keywords.

East Asia Image Collection, Lafayette College

URL:http://digital.lafayette.edu/collections/eastasia

The East Asia Image Collection, Lafayette College presents digitized contemporary postcards, photographs, and slides which showcase from Japan's colonial expansion era to occupation era, including China, Korea, Japan, and Indonesia, Colonial Taiwan, and Manchuria (it particularly highlights these last two areas).

Kyoto Festivals and Customs

URL:http://db.nichibun.ac.jp/en/category/gyouji.html (w/o English Interface)

Kyoto Festivals and Customs consists of a two-volume album of hand paintings that depict Kyoto's annual festivals and customs during the pre-WWII era. Each painting accompanies a detailed description of the subject. While it has no interface in English, the '画帖一覧' link brings you to the thumbnails of the images.

Japanese Folklore Database: Inada Koji Collection

URL:http://htq.minpaku.ac.jp/databases/inada/(w/o English Interface)

The Japanese Folklore Database from the Inada Koji Collection, National Museum of Ethnology offers a summary and catalogue of the collection. The collection comprises recordings of folklores throughout the country. The database offers a catalogue and summary of each recording.

Chronology of Clothing Culture in Japan: 1868–1945

URL:http://htq.minpaku.ac.jp/databases/mcd/chronology-eng.html (w/o English Interface)

Chronology of Clothing Culture in Japan: 1868–1945 highlights the changes in fashion from ethnic style to western style clothing. The collection contains data as well as images. The database can be accessed by two methods: chronology and memoirs; however, neither of these options are provided in English. The database offers a chronology of the different fashions styles, which makes it possible to understand the styles according to different time periods.

Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Disaster Materials Collection, Kobe University Library

URL:http://www.lib.kobe-u.ac.jp/eqb/e-index.html

The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Disaster Materials Collection, Kobe University Library was established to memorialise the disaster, which affected the library. The collection includes various materials, such as newspaper clippings, books, photographs, videos, and fliers. Those materials are catalogued and are available online; also, some of the materials are digitised. Whilst some materials require knowledge of the Japanese language, the English edition enables users to select items available in English.

Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters

URL:http://www.jdarchive.org/en/home/

The Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters, run by the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, focuses on preserving and sharing the memory of the disasters. It collects online records, blog articles, messages on twitter, and multimedia works connected to the disaster.

Islamic Monuments in India: Photographic Database

URL:http://www.ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~islamarc/WebPage1/htm_eng/index_eng.html

Islamic Monuments in India: Photographic Database is an output from a research expedition to India. The photos capture scenes from across the country, however most images focus on Delhi. It was ordered both by cities of place and by types of building.

Asia-Pacific Database on Intangible Cultural Heritage

URL:http://www.accu.or.jp/ich/en/arts/arts1.html

The Asia-Pacific Database on Intangible Cultural Heritage contains information about traditional performing arts including music, dance, theatre, puppet theatre, and others. It mainly provides descriptions and photographs; some video clips are also available.