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Second atomic bombing of Japan at Nagasaki, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the mushroom cloud rising from the explosion of an atomic bomb with an estimated force of 20,000 tonnes of TNT, 560 m above Nagasaki, Japan, on 9 August 1945. Part of the wing of the camera plane that accompanied the bomb-carrying plane can be seen at bottom right. The image ...

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Yellow promise, yellow peril: foreign postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 - visual narratives

This is a collection of seven sets of cartoon picture postcards depicting the Russo-Japanese War and the Japanese combatants. They were produced in Russia and other European countries during the war. The sets are organised around seven topics or themes: imperial designs: the nations at war; imperial designs: the nations ...

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Throwing off Asia l: woodblock prints of domestic 'Westernisation' in Japan, 1868-1912

This is a collection of online materials about the rapid transformation of Japan following the Meiji Restoration. The materials consist of an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower; two sets of woodblock prints and accompanying historical background; a database of information about 405 woodblock prints from the period; ...

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Asia rising: Japanese postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05

This is a collection of online materials about how the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 was represented in the picture postcards produced by Japanese photographers, artists, illustrators and propagandists in huge numbers throughout the war. The materials consist of: an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower; eight sets ...

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Tokyo modern III: '100 views' by eight woodblock print artists, 1928-32

This is a collection focusing on a subscription series of 100 woodblock prints by eight Japanese artists depicting views of modern reconstructed Tokyo after the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake. The prints were produced between 1928 and 1932 with each artist contributing 12 or 13 views. The collection comprises a short introduction ...

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Selling Shiseido I: cosmetics advertising and design in early 20th-century Japan - essay by Gennifer Weisenfeld

This is a collection of online materials that focus on the cosmetics advertising of the Shiseido company in Japan as a microcosm of trends in Japanese design and society, particularly among women, from the 1920s to the 1940s. The materials centre on a richly illustrated historical essay by Gennifer Weisenfeld. The essay ...

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Globetrotters' Japan: people - foreigners on the tourist circuit in Meiji Japan, 1890s - essay by Allen Hockley

This is a collection of online materials that centre on a richly illustrated historical essay about how Japanese people were represented in photographs intended for the tourist (globetrotter) market of the late 1890s. Linked to various sections of the essay are a video, materials about places on the globetrotters' itinerary ...

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Globetrotters' Japan: places - foreigners on the tourist circuit in Meiji Japan, 1890s - essay by Allen Hockley

This is a collection of online materials that centre on a richly illustrated historical essay about the places in Japan visited by 'globetrotters' (international tourists) in the late 1890s. Linked to various sections of the essay are a complete tourist guide of the time, advertisements from the guide, a map of Japan with ...

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'Miyuki: the imperial outing and hunt', 1600-10

This is a pair of six-fold screens, painted during the Momoyama period (1573-1615) in Japan, depicting chapter 29 of the epic Japanese novel ‘Tale of Genji’. The screens are shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives detailed information on the history of the novel, the period it was written and an extensive visual ...

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The Opium War in Japanese eyes: an illustrated 1849 'story from overseas'

This is a collection of online materials about how the First Opium War, fought between Britain and China in 1839-42, was presented to a Japanese audience by the samurai scholar Mineta Fūkō in two books dating from 1849. The books are 'Kaigai shinwa' ('New stories from overseas') and 'Kaigai shinwa shūi' ('Gleanings from ...

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Yokohama boomtown: foreigners in treaty-port Japan, 1859-72 - essay by John Dower

This is a richly illustrated historical essay about the consequences of the opening of Japan to the West and how the Japanese viewed foreigners at treaty ports such as Yokohama. Linked to various sections of the essay and making up the collection of online materials are: a companion set of materials entitled 'Black ships ...

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Throwing off Asia III: woodblock prints of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 - essay by John Dower

This is a historical essay by Professor John Dower about how Japanese woodblock printmakers presented the war between Japan and Russia in 1904-05 to the Japanese public. The highly readable and richly illustrated essay contains five chapters, more than 30 prints and two maps. The chapters can be printed and the images enlarged ...

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Ground Zero 1945, pictures by atomic bomb survivors: essay by John Dower

This is an illustrated essay that describes and explains drawings and paintings made by survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The essay has seven chapters: introduction; hellfire; water; ghosts; despair; hope; and sources. Teachers are advised to preview the essay as the sensitive and ...

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Globetrotters' Japan: places - foreigners on the tourist circuit in Meiji Japan, 1890s

This is a collection of online materials focusing on late 19th century photographs of tourist destinations in Japan, including places of natural beauty, cities and temple complexes. The photographs were intended for international tourists (globetrotters) in the 1890s. The materials in the collection consist of an illustrated ...

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Throwing off Asia I: woodblock prints of domestic 'Westernisation', 1868-1912 - visual narratives

This is a collection comprising two paired sets of text and images that focus on the rapid transformation of Japan following the Meiji Restoration. The first set is titled 'The Meiji Emperor and invention of the Emperor system', and the second 'Technology and industry'. The text introduces the images and gives historical ...

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Throwing off Asia II: woodblock prints of the Sino-Japanese War, 1894-95 - visual narratives

This is a collection consisting of eight visual narratives or sets of Japanese woodblock prints. They present scenes from the Sino-Japanese War as imagined by Japanese printmakers and, in the process, they denigrate the Chinese foe. The visual narratives are organised around eight topics or themes: attacking and occupying ...

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Felice Beato's Japan: people - an album by the pioneer foreign photographer in Yokohama, c1869 - essay by Alona Wilson

This is a collection of online materials centring on a richly illustrated essay by Alona Wilson. The essay is about the photgrapher Felice Beato and an album of 50 photographs of Japanese people that he compiled about 1869. As well as the essay, the collection includes a glossary of photographic terms, a chronology of Beato's ...

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Tokyo modern II: Koizumi Kishio's '100 views' - annotations and gallery, 1928-40

This is a second collection of online materials focusing on the 100 woodblock prints produced between 1928 and 1940 by artist Koizumi Kishio that explore the rebirth of Tokyo in the years following the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923. (See also 'Tokyo modern I'.) This collection comprises: 109 prints, including nine revised ...

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Felice Beato's Japan: places - an album by the pioneer foreign photographer in Yokohama, c1869 - essay by Allen Hockley

This is a collection of online materials that centre on a richly illustrated essay about an album of photographs showing various locations in Japan in the late 1860s or early 1870s. The album was compiled by photographer Felice Beato. Linked to various sections of the essay are: a companion set of materials on the people ...

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Ground Zero 1945, pictures by atomic bomb survivors

This is a powerful collection of online materials that focus on drawings and paintings by the 'hibakusha', the survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945. The materials consist of an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower and a Visual Narrative of eight images, drawn and annotated ...