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National Archives of Japan Digital Archive

The National Archives of Japan feature a number of digitized collections that will be of interest to scholars and students of Japanese history, culture, and politics. Archival materials are organized across six categories, including Constitution, Classic Maps, and Various Holdings. In Classic Maps, visitors can explore a number of maps created during the Tokugawa shogunate which covered the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries. This extensive collection includes a variety of maps, including national land maps (Genroku Kuniezu), local country maps (Tempo Kuniezu), and maps of castle towns (Shoho Shiroezu). Another highlight of this collection is a series of gorgeous illustrated charts of plants and animals published by the Ministry of Education in the late nineteenth century. This collection can be found in the Various Holdings section. This link takes visitors to the English language version of the website; those with a reading knowledge of Japanese may browse the website in its original Japanese by selecting a language button at the top of the page.
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