Where to find sources on Feudal Japan

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Primary Sources

Asia for Educators

A website created by Columbia University that hosts an array for primary sources from the Asian region.

East Asian History Sourcebook

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use.

Old Photos of Japan

A useful archive of photos dating from the Meiji period to the end of World War II. 

Tokyo National e-Museum

View images of national treasures and important cultural properties owned by Japan’s four National Institutes for Cultural Heritage.

British Museum

A collection of artefacts from Japan.

Women in Feudal Japanese Society Sources

A selection of sources on the topic.

Secondary Sources


An online academic database used by universities worldwide that is a superb resource for History students. To view full articles, you will require membership.

Ancient Japan Flipboard Magazine

A collection of online articles and news reports about feudal Japan.

Please Note: Some internet browsers do not handle the Flipboard website very well, and it is sometimes better to have the Flipboard App on your device to view the magazine.

Google Scholar

This searches internet sites for academic articles and books. It often only provides one or two pages, but it is often enough to find quotes and bibliographical details.

JURN Search Engine

Search millions of free academic articles, chapters, and theses.