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Resources: Traditional Japanese Arts and Crafts

This page introduces open-access resources related to traditional Japanese arts and crafts.

KaoKore Facial Expression Dataset

Japan’s Centre for Open Data in the Humanities (CODH) recently launched the KaoKore, a dataset containing a collection of facial expression images extracted from pre-modern Japanese visual sources including picture scrolls, rare books and woodblock prints. The collection was built to support research in art history, particularly in the comparative study of artistic styles. As of February 2020, the dataset contains 5,552 facial expression images cropped from resources held in the collections of the National Institute of Japanese Literature, Keio University Media Center and Kyoto University Library Network.

See the KaoKore page on the CODH website
See the KaoKore dataset on GitHub

Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System (JAANUS)

JAANUS is an open-access Japanese-to English dictionary of specialist terms related to Japanese architecture, arts and crafts, and their multiple genres and sub-fields.

JAANUS website


e-Museum is a publicly accessible digital database of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties held by Japan’s national museums, and is produced by Japan’s National Institutes for Cultural Heritage. The platform provides high-resolution images of artworks, as well as explanatory text. Both Japanese and English available.

e-Museum website

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Japanese Collection (Open-Access Images)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has made images of many works in its collection freely available for re-use in the public domain. This includes over 18,000 works from its Japanese collection, which spans from the Jomon period to the twentieth century.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Main image: Willows and Bridge, Momoyama period (1573–1615), Japan, collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015.300.105.1, .2. (Source)

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