The following information was true as of October 23, 2014. Please be aware that the site described and the links provided below may have been updated or edited since then.
In addition to the vast amount of information provided through its Digital Collections, the National Diet Library (NDL) also offers digital exhibitions on an increasing variety of topics.
- National Diet Library Online Gallery
English page: http://www.ndl.go.jp/en/gallery/index.html
Japanese page: http://www.ndl.go.jp/jp/gallery/index.html
One of the newest of these digital exhibitions is “The Landmarks of Edo in Color Woodblock Prints,” that the NDL began uploading in March 2014. Nearly 500 full-color digitized woodblock prints can be searched by modern map, detailed Edo map, keyword, or artist.
- Landmarks of Edo in Color Woodblock Prints
English page: http://www.ndl.go.jp/landmarks/e/
Japanese page: http://www.ndl.go.jp/landmarks/
The exhibition has been divided into five sections, called “Columns.” The last of which, “Nishiki-e (Brocade Pictures) in the Meiji Era,” covers Meiji era nishiki-e newspapers, Yokohama-e and kaika-e, modern subjects such as industrial exhibitions and railroads or bridges, and the effects on the genre of new pigments and the commercialization of photography.
- Nishiki-e (Brocade Pictures) in the Meiji Era
English page: http://www.ndl.go.jp/landmarks/e/column/5.html
Japanese page: http://www.ndl.go.jp/landmarks/column/5.html
This digital exhibition not only provides access to a large collection of digitized primary resources, but also provides high quality and dependable background information in English, making it accessible and useful to both scholars and non-experts, regardless of their Japanese abilities.