Museums with Asian Art Collections Online
Collection-size categorization in this section refers only to a museum's ONLINE collection of digitized images

ALL | Largest Online Collections | Medium-sized Online Collections | Smaller Online Collections
Digital Image Libraries | One Country/Region Focus
ALL | China | Japan | Korea | Vietnam/Southeast Asia | India/South Asia | Tibet/Himalaya
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The Gitter-Yelen Art Study Center: The Manyo'an Collection of Japanese Art
"The Manyo'an Collection of Japanese Art focuses on Edo-period (1615–1868) works in the Zenga, Nanga, Rinpa, Maruyama-Shijo, Ukiyoe, and Eccentric styles with an increasing focus on 20th century paintings and ceramics." Excellent high-quality images that show an incredible amount of detail. Currently there are 562 artworks online, presented as a set of Collection Tours, but also indexed by Artist, School/Kiln, Subject, Media, Publication, Exhibition, and Period/Date.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.gitter-yelen.org/
 
National Archives of Japan: Digital Archive
With hundreds of documents, scrolls, drawings, posters, photographs, and maps, including "colorful large-sized maps of provinces compiled by the Tokugawa Shogunate." An excellent resource, with informative text and excellent high-resolution digital images.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.digital.archives.go.jp/index_e.html
 
The Tokugawa Art Museum
The permanent exhibitions at this museum are devoted primarily to the Tokugawa period, but the museum also owns most of the extant sections of the 12-century illustrated Tale of Genji. The online collection includes arms and armor, teaware, decorative arts, clothing, and Noh theater masks -- all from the Edo or Tokugawa period. There is also a short presentation about the museum's Tale of Genji collection, but none of the images in this section enlarge.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.tokugawa-art-museum.jp/english/index.html
 
The Virtual Museum of Japanese Arts
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs website with images and information about Japanese art and culture in the following categories: 1) Fine Arts (painting, sculpture, ukiyoe, architecture & gardens); 2) Crafts (woodwork, lacquerware, metalwork, ceramics, textiles, swords & armor); 3) Performing Arts (kabuki, noh, kyogen, bunraku, Japanese dance & music); 4) Pastimes (Flower arrangement, tea ceremony, calligraphy, bonsai); 5) Martial Arts (sumo, judo, kendo, kyudo, karate, aikido); 6) Other (dolls, ninja, cuisine, zazen, tanka and haiku, Japanese festivals). Also see the CAFE section for Quicktime video clips of Japanese festivals and martial arts.

Go to Museum Resource: http://web-jpn.org/museum/menu.html
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