Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Edo Natural History

Fauna and Flora in Illustrations : Natural History of the Edo Era is an online exhibition from the National Diet Library of Japan, accessible only in Japanese. The site is divided into four broad sections: an introduction to the materials in the exhibition; the development of natural history publications; the evolution of uniquely Japanese horticulture; and rare birds, strange animals and curious fish. Each section has enlargeable thumbnails of illustrations embedded in explanatory text. The introductory section describes some of the features of the illustrations and the books and other texts in which they appear, and each of the other sections is further broken down into various aspects of the topic it covers.
Access: Free