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Art History & Visual Art – Specialized Topics

This guide provides resources on specialized topics related to art history and visual and material culture.

Getting Started: Japanese Art

This section provides information on English language resources for Japanese art, including print books and ebooks, article databases, images, streaming media, and digital resources.

Get started with the Quick Links section of this guide before exploring the topic-specific resources in this section.


English language print materials on Japanese art are located in the Music, Art & Architecture Library.
Print materials on related history, aesthetics, and humanities topics can be found at the Koerner Library and/or Rare Books & Special Collections.
Japanese language materials can be found at UBC's Asian Library.


Start your search by looking at the Databases section of the general Art History & Visual Art guide.

Then explore the topic-specific databases below.

Articles / Journals

Print & Electronic Journals @ UBC Library

To find a specific journal, search by Title here:

For a selective list of print journals related to Japanese art, browse the UBC Library Catalogue with the following subject headings, while using the "Subject begins with" or "Subject contains" search options. Here are a few examples:

Select Art Publications

This is a selection of art journals in UBC Library holdings related to Japanese art: 

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Subject Headings & Keywords

Listed below is a selection of art subject headings that can be used for keyword searching in the UBC Library Catalogue.
Click on the links to browse books on specific subjects.

By general Japanese art and artists:

By historic period:

By context or influence:

By topic in visual and performing arts:

By format: dictionaries, handbooks, directories:

By format: exhibition catalogues:

Select Books on Japanese Art

Highlighted Resources

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Sourcebooks & Documents