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Japanese Studies in English: A Research Guide: Primary

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Primary Sources

Cooper, Michael, ed. They Came to Japan: An Anthology of European Reports on Japan, 1543-1640. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1965.
(Kroch Asia DS 808 .C77; also in Uris)
A collection of translations of firsthand descriptions of Japan by European travelers, many of them Christian missionaries. Organized by subject, each chapter contains notes and references.

de Bary, Wm. Theodore, ed. Sources of Japanese Tradition. 2nd edition. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001. 2 vols.
(Kroch Asia DS821 .S68x 2001; earlier editions in two vols. edited by Tsunoda Ryusaku in Uris DS 821 .T88 1964)
The newest edition in the Sources of Japanese Civilization series contains readings on Japanese religion, philosophy, politics, society, and literature since the earliest times. It includes a chronological table and brief background information on the translated excerpts. Originally compiled in the 1950s, this newer edition revises and supplements Tsunoda's compilation.

Treasures of the Asia Collections: Japan. Ithaca: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
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An online sample of images from Japanese culture and history with accompanying explanatory text.