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North Korean studies Citation:
This site is maintained for the purpose of free publication and dissemination of analytical materials on North Korea (DPRK), its relations with Russia and Australia, research on history and historiography, and the problems of Soviet Koreans.http://north-korea.narod.ru/ more Language: eng English
Sidney D. Gamble Photographs Description:
This impressive collection of photographs is freely accessible, includes searchable metadata, and all photos can be viewed as thumbnails or in full size (with the possibility to zoom in). Additional material such as an interactive map and a timeline of Gamle's itinerary, a filmed documentary of his 1924-1927 voyage and a research guide with extra sources complement this database.http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/gamble/ more Language: eng English
Japanese Prints: The Dutch in Nagasaki : Red-Haired BarbariansCitation:
From the 1630s to the middle of the nineteenth century, Japan was practically closed to foreigners. The only Westerners allowed to stay in Japan and engage in trade were the Dutch. They had to submit to very strict regulations, however, and were only allowed to live on Deshima, a small artificial island in Nagasaki harbor.
This is a digital exhibition of a collection of 40 Japanese woodblock prints published between 1800 and 1865, depicting Dutch traders in Nagasaki. Now extremely rare, at the time of their publication the prints were sold as souvenirs to Japanese who visited Nagasaki and perhaps hoped to catch a glimpse of these strange 'red-haired barbarians'.
These prints are documents of a unique episode in Dutch trading history, and represent an early period in the art of the Japanese woodcut. Above all the prints show the amazement with which the Japanese looked at Westerners. The Dutch are depicted as pale, ugly, red-haired barbarians with large noses. The ships the Dutch used and the exotic animals they brought caused much astonishment and admiration.
In 1804, a Russian envoy visited Nagasaki in an attempt to obtain trading rights. He failed, but was portrayed in prints. It was only in 1858 that the Russians, Americans, French, and English were granted the same rights as the Dutch. They settled in Yokohama, a fishing village close to Tokyo. Prints were also created of this settlement, some examples are shown.
A few prints in the collection of 40 have other subjects. These are also shown here. For further information, some books and links are suggested.http://www.iisg.nl/exhibitions/japaneseprints/index.html more Language: dut Dutch; Flemish, eng English
China-Russia Security Relations : Strategic Parallelism without Partnership or Passion?Citation:
This report argues that, although Chinese-Russian relations have improved along several important dimensions, security cooperation between Beijing and Moscow has remained limited, episodic, and tenuous. [...] Washington must continue to monitor carefully developments in Beijing and Moscow, thus far their fitfully improving ties have not presented a major security challenge to the United States or its allies. Nevertheless, the radical changes in great power relations during the past century—-which also witnessed major transformations in ties between Beijing and Moscow, from allies in the 1950s to armed adversaries in the 1960s—-behooves U.S. Army and other national security planners to anticipate the potential for major discontinuities in Sino-Russian relations.http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=868 more Language: eng English, eng English
Museum für Lackkunst - Japanese lacquer art Citation:
Lacquered objects are and have always been both a form of artistic expression and an integral part of everyday life in Japan. The origins of lacquerwork date back to the pre-Christian era. Whereas the Chinese lacquerware is famous for its variety of forms, the Japanese pieces stand out because of maki-e, a technique that has been continuously perfected since 9 A.D. This sophisticated technique involves sprinkling gold powder or, more seldom, silver powder through a fine tube onto the wet lacquer, which is usually black. The sprinkled picture may be flat or raised, or may be polished out of subsequently applied layers of lacquer. The impressive feature of these works is the harmonious interplay between their lustrous surfaces and the incandescent glow of the gold décor. Their technical perfection combined with their variety of forms (boxes and various appliances) gives them pride of place among the manifold treasures of the Museum für Lackkunsthttp://www.museum-fuer-lackkunst.de/japan_en.htm more Language: eng English, ger German
米国議会図書館所蔵承応版源氏物語データベース (Kopie) = Nichibunken Databases, E'iri Genji monogatari DatabaseCitation:
The "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari) database consists of the full image d ata from the "Tale of Genji" (Texts: 54 volumes, Commentaries: 6 volumes) whi ch is in the possession of the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
The “Tale of Genji” (Genji monogatari) database consists of the full image data from the “Tale of Genji”(Texts: 54 volumes, Commentaries:6 volumes) which is in the possession of the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Although picture scrolls based upon the “Tale of Genji” can be tracked back to 12th century, the publication of the whole text of Genji began in 17th century. It is said that after the publication of the Saga (one of the local area in Kyoto) Edition “Tale of Genji” which was set up in old-types (1614), the first woodcut block book which has neither preface nor date was published during 1624-1643, and various commentaries were continued later.
Yamamoto Shunsho (1610-1682), an important illustrator in Kyoto who went in for the art of waka poems from his earlier years, collected manuscripts of main text and commentaries of Genji. Upon these materials he published woodcut print of illustrated “Tale of Genji” (E’iri Genji monogatari) in 1650 (Kei-an 3) and 1654 (Jou-oh 3) for the general readers.LC’s “E’iri Genji monogatari” which is an edition of 1654, so-called “Tale of Genji, Jou-oh Edition,” is a complete set of main text and commentaries valued as a rare book.
International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) received full set of image data as database resource in Spring 2007 and established its database in Autumn of the same year which is released into public.http://www.nichibun.ac.jp/graphicversion/dbase/genji.html more Language: eng English, jpn Japanese
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