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

This is a collection of eight sets of picture postcards, all outstanding examples of the postcards that Japanese photographers, artists, illustrators and propagandists produced in huge numbers during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. The first set, entitled 'The battle of the Japan Sea', fits together to form a panorama, ...

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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: 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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Throwing off Asia I: woodblock prints of domestic 'Westernization', 1868-1912 - essay by John Dower

This is a highly readable and informative historical essay about Japan's internal modernisation and Westernisation by John Dower, Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It contains four chapters and is richly illustrated with 21 Japanese woodblock prints and one Italian lithograph. The chapters ...

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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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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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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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Ground zero 1945, a schoolboy's story

This is a powerful collection of online materials focusing on the illustrated testimony of atomic bomb survivor Akihiro Takahashi who was a schoolboy when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The materials consist of an introduction to Takahashi and his work for peace; four Visual Narratives of Takahashi's experiences illustrated ...

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Asia rising: Japanese postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 - essay by John Dower

This is a richly illustrated and highly readable essay about how the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 was represented in Japan. The essay focuses on the picture postcards that Japanese photographers, artists, illustrators and propagandists produced in huge numbers throughout the war. Linked to various sections of the essay ...

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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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Yellow promise, yellow peril: foreign postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 - essay by John Dower

This is a historical essay by Professor John Dower about how the producers of picture postcards presented the Russo-Japanese War and its Japanese combatants to the purchasing public in Europe. The highly informative and richly illustrated essay contains four chapters and more than 140 postcards, some of which depict scenes ...