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The NDL Gallery features digital exhibitions of the NDL's unique collections with easy-to-understand explanations.

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Portraits of Modern Japanese Historical Figures
This exhibition presents portrait photographs of statesmen, government officials, military officers, businessmen, scholars, cultural figures and others who had an impact on building modern Japanese society.

The Meiji and Taisho Eras in Photographs
This exhibition introduces photographs of famous buildings and sights from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, selected from the photo books in our collection.

Small Digital Exhibitions "Kaleidoscope of Books"
These small digital exhibitions introduce books on various themes, topical or of interest, from the NDL collections. (In Japanese)

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Online Gallery of the National Diet Library

A Treasure Box of Books: 70th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibit
This exhibition features selected material from exhibitions held during 2018 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the NDL.

Autograph manuscripts and original artwork of well-known people
This exhibition introduces autographs and the drawings of well-known people in Japan who played active roles in many different fields from the early modern times until the Showa era.

Modern Japan and France: adoration, encounter and interaction
This exhibition introduces the 150-year history of exchanges between Japan and France.
Japon moderne et France
Cette exposition présente l'histoire de 150 ans d'échanges entre le Japon et la France. Les matériels exposés couvrant la politique, l'industrie, la littérature, les beaux arts, les modes de vie et des sous-cultures ont tous été sélectionnés dans la collection NDL.
(in French)

The Landmarks of Edo in Color Woodblock Prints
This exhibition introduces Nishiki-e (color woodblock prints) of landmark places in Edo from our collections.

Japanese Mathematics in the Edo Period
Wasan is the native Japanese mathematics of the Edo period. This digital exhibition shows Wasan materials with their bibliography.

Expositions where the modern technology of the times was exhibited
This exhibition gives an outline of international expositions and Japanese industrial exhibitions in the late 19th century and introduces the industrial technology development of the time.

Japan-Netherlands Exchange in the Edo Period
This exhibition introduces the history of Japan-Netherlands exchange in two parts.

100 years of Japanese Emigration to Brazil
This exhibition introduces documents, newspaper articles, etc. related to Japanese immigration to Brazil from our collections.
100 anos de imigração japonesa no Brasil
Esta exposição apresenta documentos, artigos de jornais, etc relacionados com a imigração japonesa para o Brasil de nossas coleções.
(in Portuguese)

Rare books of the National Diet Library -The 60th anniversary-
This exhibition aims to provide electronically on the website the materials of the special exhibitions held in 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the National Diet Library.

The Meiji and Taisho Eras in Photographs
This exhibition introduces photographs of famous buildings and sights from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, selected from the photo books in our collection.

Modern Japan in archives
This exhibition presents representative documents related to modern and contemporary Japanese political history.

Fauna and Flora in Illustrations -Natural History of the Edo era-
This exhibition presents materials related to the natural history of the Edo era. (In Japanese)

Incunabula: Dawn of Western Printing
This exhibition presents incunabula, books that were printed using metal type up to the year 1500.

Portraits of Modern Japanese Historical Figures
This exhibition presents portrait photographs of statesmen, government officials, military officers, businessmen, scholars, cultural figures and others who had an impact on building modern Japanese society.

Japanese Ex-libris Stamps
This exhibition follows the trail of book collectors in Japan through ex-libris ownership stamps in books.

Birth of the Constitution of Japan
This exhibition shows the important documents with commentaries concerning the formulation of the Constitution of Japan.

The Japanese Calendar
This page offers an accessible introduction to the history of the Japanese calendar with digital images of the Daisho-reki calendar, which was popular in the Edo period.

Rare books of the National Diet Library
This digital exhibition consists of three parts: "Scenic Mementos of Japan". "Vienna International Exposition, " and "Modern Japanese Political History Materials."

Rare books of the National Diet Library
The contents of an exhibition held in 1998 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the NDL have been reproduced in digital form. (In Japanese)

Small Digital Exhibitions "Kaleidoscope of Books"
These small digital exhibitions introduce books on various themes, topical or of interest, from the NDL collections. (In Japanese)

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Online Gallery by the International Library of Children's Literature

"A teenager's encyclopedia of the history of Japan during the late Edo and Meiji periods
The National Diet Library's collection of books on the theme of the history of Japan during the late Edo and Meiji periods, including those held by the International Library of Children's Literature, is presented in an encyclopedia format. (In Japanese)

Japanese Children's Literature: A History from the International Library of Children's Literature Collections
This exhibition presents the historical outline of the Japanese children's literature since the Meiji era through about 450 children's books. Special-feature sections of outstanding authors and illustrators, stories featured in Japanese-language textbooks and its original piece and works of children's poets are also displayed.

Children's Books in the Victorian Era: from the Winnington-Ingram Collection
This exhibition presents about 50 books representative of the 19th century, at the dawn of modern children's literature, from the Winnington-Ingram Collection comprising children's books of Great Britain from the 18th to 20th centuries.

Children's Books Going Overseas from Japan
This exhibition introduces Japanese children's books translated in thirty countries and regions, and also their Japanese originals.

Picture Book Gallery
The ILCL edits images of valuable picture books published inside and outside Japan and introduces the process of the development of the "picture book" genre from its birth to the present.

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