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Japanese Studies, a guide for undergraduate research: Images

Duke's Japanese Studies collection supports scholarly activities across a broad range of disciplines and topics. This provides an introduction to key databases, journals and print sources or specific sources for data, film, images and primary sources.

Print Sources

Print sources in the East Asian Collection
Images include: photographs, photo essays, art work, manga/cartoons and other non-photographic images, hikifuda (advertising handbills), and more. You will find retrospectives recapping periods of modern Japanese history, as well as resources that focus on particular topics, such as women, children, Okinawa, and southeast Asia, and medieval and pre-modern Japan.

Or use the subject heading Japan - pictorial works

See also manga

Magazines with images

Most of these titles are current subscriptions though some older titles are included.

Aera 1993-
Bessatsu Takarajima 1994-
Women's magazines
  An An 1994-
  Frau 1998-
  Fujin kōron 1992-
  Himawari 1947-1952
  JJ 1995-
  Kurowassan 2004-
  Nikkei uman = Nikkei woman 2000-
  Very 2004-
Film & Anime
  Animēju  2006-
  Kinema junpō = Kinejun 1997-

Images on the Internet

Visual resources for Japan
80+ freely accessible websites sortable by format, subject and/or historical period. Includes sites devoted to architecture, calligraphy, ceramics, folk arts, maps, painting, photography, posters, prints, scrolls, sculpture.

Image Collections at Duke
A guide to both Duke licensed and freely accessible images, covering how to find and how to use.


While in Japanese, these books have a wealth of images:

Dentsū kōkoku nenkan
EAC: HF5813.J3 D468; latest in EA Ref.; Duke has 1992-present
Nenkan kōkoku bijutsu. Annual of Advertising Art in Japan
年鑑広告美術 [serial]
Lilly: NC997.A1 A62; Duke has 1958 1963-1985
Nenkan Nihon no kōkoku shashin = Advertising photography in Japan
年鑑日本広告写真 [serial]
Lilly: TR690.4 .N43
Nihon ado purodakushon nenkan. = Annual of Ad Productions in Japan
Earlier title: Advertising design in Japan
EAC: HF5813.J3 A68; Duke has 1994-present


Image Use Protocol
A project of the NCC covers how to get permission to use images held in Japan or found in Japanese publications.

Copyright Permission
Addresses how to find copryight holders (institutions) and how to secure permission to use the image.

Prewar magazines

Front (Tokyo, Japan)

  • Propaganda periodical from World War II (1942-45).
  • Boxes 1 and 3 include issues on the Japanese Navy, Manchukuo , Japanese Army and Navy Air Units, Japanese occupation of China , Manchuria, the Philippines , and special numbers on India and wartime Tokyo.


  • Originally published quarterly by Nippon Kobo, 1934-1944.
  • Text in English, French, German, and Spanish.