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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: 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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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 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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Experiencing an earthquake in Japan

How would your family react if Australia was hit by a huge earthquake and tsunami? This story is about 13-year-old Hiroshi who experienced the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. Hiroshi shows a home video and describes what conditions were like for those living in Japan immediately after the event. See how Hiroshi ...

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Surrender: the only option for the Son of Heaven

The Japanese surrender at the end of World War II was preceded by a heavy bombing campaign by the Allied forces, culminating in the use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Germany had already surrendered, and with the devastation wrought on his country, it was inevitable that Japan's Emperor Hirohito would follow ...

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Modernising Japan in the Meiji era

The restoration of Emperor Meiji in 1868 ushered in a period of rapid change in Japan. The country not only borrowed practices and technologies from Western countries, in less than forty years it too had become an imperialist power. This clip is fifth in a series of six.

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Tragic consequences of Japan's modernisation

Japan went through a remarkable transformation between 1868 and the death of the Emperor Meiji in 1912. But Japan's modernisation was accompanied by its rise as an imperialist power, with tragic results. Watch this clip to learn about the consequences of Japan's dream of empire. This clip is last in a series of six.

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The end of Japan's isolation

Under the shoguns, Japan was deliberately isolated from the outside world from around 1600 CE. However, by the mid-19th century, Western imperialism was entering a new phase of expansion that no Asian state was able to resist. Discover what happened when the West came beating on the doors of a closed society. This clip ...

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Tokugawa shogunate is overthrown

How did Japan's Tokugawa shogunate come to an end? The entry of the US fleet into Tokyo Bay in 1853 and the events that followed exposed the shogunate's policy of isolation as a potential threat to the country. Western influence, and Japan's response to it, would have an enormous impact on the country's future. This clip ...

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Japan's shoguns keep everyone in their places

What was the status of each social class in shogunate Japan? During the period from around 1600 to 1868, Japan was a feudal society. As in medieval Europe, each group had its place in a strict social order. Watch this clip to discover the roles of each group during the age when the Tokugawa shoguns ruled the country. This ...

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Rebuilding a Shinto shrine

Witness the dedication of the followers of Shinto, Japan's ancient and unique religious tradition. Shinto means 'the way of the spirits', and it grew out of older beliefs that spirits inhabit mountains, forests and other natural places. Watch this clip from 2007 to see a 1,300-year-old Shinto tradition in central Japan.

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Shoguns rule Japan with iron fists

Who were the shoguns and how did they rule Japan? In Japanese history, the time from about 1600 to 1868 is called the Edo period. In 1600, after centuries of wars, Japan came under the control of shoguns from the Tokugawa clan. They continued to rule until 1868, when they were overthrown. View this clip to discover how ...

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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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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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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: places - an album by the pioneer foreign photographer in Yokohama, 1860s-70s

This is a collection of online materials focusing on an album of 50 photographs of scenes in Japan in the late 1860s or early 1870s. It was compiled by photographer Felice Beato. The materials consist of an illustrated essay by Associate Professor Allan Hockley and five different ways of viewing the photographs and their ...

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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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Throwing off Asia II: woodblock prints of the Sino-Japanese War, 1894-95 - essay by John Dower

This is a historical essay by Professor John Dower about how Japanese woodblock printmakers presented the war between Japan and China to the Japanese public. The highly readable and richly illustrated essay contains five chapters, more than 100 woodblock prints, a map showing the campaigns and several woodcut engravings. ...