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Regional: Asia: Japan: Arts and Entertainment: Traditional
Society: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual: History: Pre-Modern Japan
Society: History: By Time Period: Ancient
World: Japanese: 社会: 文化
Asuka Historical Museum
- History and art of Asuka, the first Japanese capital (7th century). Virtual museum containing both text and photos.
Crystalinks.com - Ancient Japan
- Ancient Japan Haiku history and chronology.
Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan
- Includes 3 diaries written by women aristocracy, created around 1000 AD.
East Asian History Sourcebook
- Provides access to primary source texts from East Asian countries, particularly China, Japan, and Korea. Arranged by era from ancient history to post-World War II.
Edo Japan - A Virtual Tour
- Take a tour through Tokyo during the period of the Tokugawa shoguns, and learn about the history of Japan's greatest city. Illustrated by ukiyo-e images, the text discusses the traditions that underlie Japanese culture.
History of Japan's Literature
- Includes brief overviews of each period of Japanese literature from ancient times to present.
Japan Information Network - Todaiji Temple
- Temple complex in Nara, Japan includes the largest wooden building in the world. View the Great Buddha housed inside and learn about the complex's history.
Japan of Today
- Includes a brief history of Japan from ancient times through developments after 1945. Find geographical and topographical details as well.
Japanese Rice Culture - The Misunderstood Philosophy of the Agrarian Past
- Essay on ancient rituals and peasant society practices that became part of Japanese traditional culture and still influence present day rural society.
Jo-Bo System of Heijo-Kyo, Ancient Japan
- Brief discussion of ancient city planning, using Nara as the example. Illustrations of the original grid system and its remains.
Kaido: The Ancient Roads of Japan
- A kids' information site from the Nagano Olympics, has basic information on the establishment and use of roads from c. 700.
- Includes origins, history, and glossary of place names.
Women Warriors of Japan
- Provides a history of women's role in Japanese martial arts from the ancient era until modern times.
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