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January 5, 2004 8:22 AM   Subscribe

The National Diet Library Gallery. Japanese arts and history. 'The NDL Gallery features electronic exhibitions of the NDL's unique collections with easy-to-understand explanations. Under the general title "Memories of Japan", an increasing number of exhibitions of Japanese history and culture will become available to the public.' Ex-libris stamps, the Japanese Constitution, the Japanese calendar, Nippon in the world.
Related :- The Virtual Museum of Japanese Arts. Traditional arts and crafts.
posted by plep (5 comments total)

 
Can I be the first lameass to say that the first thing I thought of when I saw this FPP was Japanese people trying to lose weight?

You don't even want to know about my reaction to the Imperial Diet of Worms (1521).
posted by Sidhedevil at 10:36 AM on January 5, 2004


A year or so ago, I got a work email from a member of the Japanese Diet asking for a tour of our facilities. I almost deleted it, figuring it was some sort of diet-related spam.

I told this story to a friend, who wondered how many times I've snubbed government officials due to my failure to respond to their email since I didn't know they referred to their legislature as "Enlarge Your Male Organ."
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:04 AM on January 5, 2004


Excellent post again, plep. The information is abundant, and the explanations are very clear.

It's interesting that the website states that, regarding the Ex-libris stamps; "we cannot pinpoint when nor how they were introduced to Japan", because it would be logical to surmise that they made they way from China via Chinese or Korean monks, traders, or statesmen. Intransigence on this and other subjects exists on both sides of the Japan Sea, or was that the 'East Sea'? Ah well, to surmise is not to 'pinpoint', after all.

Great site. Much appreciated.
posted by hama7 at 3:52 PM on January 5, 2004


Intransigence on this and other subjects exists on both sides of the Japan Sea, or was that the 'East Sea'?

Yes indeed - well spotted!
posted by plep at 11:19 PM on January 5, 2004


we cannot pinpoint when nor how they were introduced to Japan

What a great line! I'm gonna try that the next time I steal something, too. Maybe at the 7-11: "Gee, you know, I can't pinpoint just how this six-pack was introduced to my pocket!"
posted by adamgreenfield at 8:19 AM on January 6, 2004


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