Author Archive for Christopher MAYO

Online Images of Primary Sources for Pre-Modern Japanese History

This is very much a work in progress. I plan to add more over the coming weeks, so please check back later for updates! Kokuritsu Rekishi Minzoku Hakubutsukan 国立歴史民族博物館 [National Museum of Japanese History]. “Shozoku shiryō dētābēsu” 所属資料データベース. ——. “Kanzō…

Online English-Language Bibliographies for Pre-Modern Japanese History

Below are some of the English-language bibliographies for Japanese studies that are available online. Although all of them contain valuable information, a few stand out for their wide coverage. Peter Kornicki’s bibliography is comprehensive and regularly updated, with approximately 80…

Online Primary Source Collections for Pre-Modern Japanese History 日本史の前近代的な一次史料のデータベース

There are a lot of Japanese primary sources on the Internet now, and the amount is increasing every day, but it can be difficult to find things, because the content is squirreled away in different nooks and crannies on the…

Basic Resources for Studying Diplomatics (komonjo 古文書)

Reading komonjo 古文書 (commonly glossed as “old records,” “old documents,” or “diplomatics”) is tough, but eventually, documents like the one shown in the image below become legible. I don’t know of any easy way to do it except to dive…

What Limits Exist for an Evernote Account?

Evernote can do a lot, but like any application, it has its limits, and it helps to know what these are when you design a workflow that best suits your use case. [EDIT]: Please note that as of today (August…

The Ōtomo and Competition in the Ritual Marketplace

This week, Ōuchi to Ōtomo: Chūsei Nishi Nihon no nidai daimyō 大内と大友 中世西日本の二大大名 [The Ōuchi and Ōtomo: Two major lords of western Japan during the Medieval Period] from Bensei Publishing appeared on virtual and physical bookshelves in Japan, and you’ll find…