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World Digital Library

The World Digital Library, launched on April 21, 2009, is a digital library project promoted by the Library of Congress and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It collects digitized manuscripts, maps, rare books, photos and films from libraries and archives around the world which you can search and browse by place, time and topic.

The NDL has contributed 45 materials from its "Online Gallery" including the Hyakumanto darani with English commentary.

Additional materials (since November 2011)
World Digital Library NDL's Online Gallery
New Constitution–Bright Life
(Atarashii kenpo akarui seikatsu)
from  Birth of the Constitution of Japan
Ito Hirobumi's Handwritten Diary of His Foreign Journey
(Ito Hirobumi shuki)
from  Modern Japan in archives
Eight Sights in the Environs of Edo
(Edo kinko hakkei)
from  Rare Books of the National Diet Library (Japanese)
Fork Dances of Japan
(Odori no zu)
from  Rare Books of the National Diet Library  (Japanese)
Kanjinchō, One of the 18 Great Plays of Kabuki
(Kabukijuhachiban)
from  Classic Books of the National Diet Library
(Japanese)
Record of an Imperial Visit in the Kan’ei Period
(Kan'eigyokoki)
from  Rare books of the National Diet Library -The 60th anniversary-
Cool Evening at Shijogawara during the Gion Festival
(Koto Gion sairei Shijogawara no suzumi)
from  Classic Books of the National Diet Library
(Japanese)
January Sekku Festival
(Gosekku no uchi mutsuki)
from  Classic Books of the National Diet Library
(Japanese)
Colors of the Triple Dawn
(Saishiki mitsu no asa)
from  Rare Books of the National Diet Library  (Japanese)
Gifts from the Ebb Tide
(Shiohinotsuto)
from  Rare Books of the National Diet Library  (Japanese)
The Story of the New Constitution for Boys and Girls
(Shonen shojo no tameno kenpo no ohanashi)
from  Birth of the Constitution of Japan
Momotaro and Kaidomaru Wrestling
(Sumo nishikie)
from  Classic Books of the National Diet Library
(Japanese)
Formally Dressed Emigrant Family Listening to the Record Player (in South America)
(Seisoushite chikuonki wo kiku imin ikka)
from  Imigracao japonesa no brasil (Portuguese)
Poster from the First Postwar General Election
(Sengo daiikkai sousenkyo posuta)
from  Modern Japan in archives
Daietsu
(Daietsu)
from  Rare Books of the National Diet Library  (Japanese)
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
(Taketori monogatari)
from  Classic Books of the National Diet Library
(Japanese)
Twelve Months by Toyokuni: The December Pounding of Rice Cakes
(Toyokuni junikagetsu)
from  Classic Books of the National Diet Library
(Japanese)
Twelve Months by Toyokuni: First Dancing Practice of the New Year
(Toyokuni junikagetsu)
from  Classic Books of the National Diet Library
(Japanese)
Poster for the Recruitment of Emigrants
(Nanbei takushoku kaisya imin boshu posuta)
from  Imigracao japonesa no brasil (Portuguese)
Privy Council Meeting
(Nishikie suumitsuin kaigi no zu)
from  Modern Japan in archives
Meiji Dignitaries
(Nishikie Meiji meiyo ichiran)
from  Modern Japan in archives
10 Explanatory Illustrations of the Constitution of Japan
(Nihonkoku Kenpo kaisetsu narabi fuzu)
from  Birth of the Constitution of Japan
Images of Bishamonten
(Bishamontenno gazo)
from  Rare Books of the National Diet Library  (Japanese)
Guidance for Would-be Homesteaders on How to Emigrate to Brazil (1932 Edition)
(Burajiru jisakunou ijuu annai)
from  Imigracao japonesa no brasil (Portuguese)
Students Studying in the Netherlands at the End of the Edo Period
(Bunkyu nenkan waran Ryugakusei ikko no shashin)
from  Japan-Netherlands Exchange in the Edo Period
Learning Portuguese (Aboard the Seattle-Maru in June 1917)
(Pogo koushukai)
from  Imigracao japonesa no brasil (Portuguese)
Mitate-e:Crossing at Sano
(Mitate sano no watari)
from  Classic Books of the National Diet Library
(Japanese)
Manuscript of Swordsmiths' Signatures and Sword Connoisseurship
(Meizukushi)
from  Rare Books of the National Diet Library  (Japanese)
Three Noh Songs: Takasago, Kamo, and Kantan
(Yokyoku sanban Takasago kamo kantan)
from  Rare books of the National Diet Library -The 60th anniversary-
Imperial Order to Dispatch Mission Head Plenipotentiary Itō to Europe ...
(Rikken seitai chosa nitsuki tokuha riji oushu haken no chokusho)
from  Modern Japan in archives
Contributed materials (as of April 2009)
World Digital Library NDL's Online Gallery
Morning Glory Flowers
(Asagao Sanju Rokkasen)
from  Natural History of the Edo era  (Japanese)
Battle Standards
(Ouma jirushi)
from  Rare books of the National Diet Library -The 60th anniversary-
100 Poems by 100 Poets
(Ogura hyakunin isshu)
from  Rare books of the National Diet Library -The 60th anniversary-
The Tale of Genji
(Genji monogatari)
from  Rare books of the National Diet Library -The 60th anniversary-
Soga's Robes
(Kosode Soga)
from  Rare books of the National Diet Library -The 60th anniversary-
Imperial Diet
(Kokkai Gijido Nishiki-e)
from  Modern Japan in archives
Entertainments for Twelve Months
(Junigatsu asobi)
from  Rare books of the National Diet Library -The 60th anniversary-
Eight-point Program for a New Government
(Shin Seifu Koryo Hassaku)
from  Modern Japan in archives
The Origin of Tenjin
(Tenjin ki)
from  Rare books of the National Diet Library -The 60th anniversary-
Satomi and the Eight "Dogs"
(Nanso Satomi hakken den (Covers))
from  Rare books of the National Diet Library -The 60th anniversary-
The Constitution of Japan (The Official Gazettes, a Special Edition)
(Nihonkoku Kenpo (Kanpo Gogai))
from  Birth of the Constitution of Japan
One Million Small Wooden Pagodas and Dharani Prayers
(Hyakumanto Darani)
from  Rare Books of the National Diet Library
A View of Mimeguri Shrine from the Sumida River
(Mimeguri no kei)
from  Rare Books of the National Diet Library
The Diary of Moromori
(Moromori ki)
from  Rare books of the National Diet Library -The 60th anniversary-
Yoshitsune Leaving for Oshu Province
(Yoshitsune Oshu kudari)
from  Rare books of the National Diet Library -The 60th anniversary-

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