Have you ever written a love letter?
This small digital exhibition “Expressing romance in words: the world of love letters” takes a look at the language of love and the world of love letters as seen in style guides to writing love letters and the culture of writing love letters in or after the Edo period.
We hope that you will enjoy whether you have ever written one yourself or not.

  • These high-definition images are available in the National Diet Library Digital Collections. Those that are labelled NDL Digital Collections can be viewed via the Internet on any computer. Those labelled Restricted access can only be viewed on computer terminals at the NDL or an affiliated library, or via the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals. For more information, please refer to the webpages for the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries and Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals.
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  • The original Japanese-language article first appeared in May 2019 as part of Small Electronic Exhibitions Kaleidoscope of Books, No. 26. Please note that the descriptions herein are based on information that was current at that time.

Chapter 1: Love letters in the Edo period

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