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- Portraits of Modern Japanese Historical Figures ( English / Japanese )
The NDL site provides two hundred statesmen, government officials, military officers, businessmen, and others who had an impact on building modern Japanese society. Can search by category and Japanese alphabetical order.
- Kamon World/家紋
WorldMany images of Japanese family crests and brief descriptions
Online Database Through UHM Library
(Valid UHM username and password are required)
- Japan Knowledge
Nihon Jinmei Daijiten 日本人名大辞典 (65,000+ from the Kojiki, Nihon Shoki to the present. , JK Who's Who (the people in the spotlight in every field. daily updated news on the people).
- Nikkei Telecom 21/日経テレコン21
Click on 人事検索. It allows you to search personnel rotation & biographical information on people in business/industry.
- Yomidas Rekishikan/ヨミダス歴史館
Gendai Jinmeiroku 現代人名録 provides experts in various areas, who were reported at least twice on the Yomiuri Shinbun.
Other Useful Websites
- Heian Jinbutsu shi/平安人物志 (English / Japanese)
Nichibunken's database offers a Who's Who of Kyoto in the Edo period. It brings together information on literati and connoisseurs of various arts from all parts of the city and its environs.
- Jinmei Jiten/人名辞典
Brief biographical information from various jinmei jiten (the deceased persons only).
- Onyaku Yomikata 音訳よみかた
How to read many items in various fields including people in medicine from Nara and Meiji periods, etc.
- Kinsei Kijinden: sei, zoku/近世畸人伝 正・続 (English / Japanese)
Nichibunken's database provides digitized full text and prints of Kinsei kijinden biographical information of people during the Tokugawa (Edo) period. Also printed version is available at UHM Library (Sei / Zoku)
- Writers from Japan (English)
Collection of English language sites of Japanese women writers.
- Kokushi Daiiiten/国史大辞典 Also via Japan Knowledge (UHM Only)
One of the largest encyclopedias of Japanese history. It encompasses every aspect of Japan's history and includes entries in related fields such as archaeology, folklore, religion, art, Japanese language, Japanese literature and geography.