This guide represents English language resources for the study of Japanese culture, art and architecture with focused texts on Samurai and Bushidō culture and Ukiyo-e, the genre of woodblock prints and painting which often referenced the ruling and warrior classes. Resources are available in the Reference Library or online as indicated.
These texts (both print and online) introduce the reader to major events in Japanese history and Samurai culture and broad cultural or artistic movements.
Art of Edo Japan : the artist and the city 1615-1868
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.
N7353.5 .G88 2010
The art and architecture of Japan
Paine, Robert Treat.
Baltimore : Penguin Books, 1955, 1960 reprint.
xviii, 316 p. : ill., plans ; 27 cm.
N7350 .P35 1960
Japan: the shaping of Daimyo culture, 1185 – 1868
Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1938
xi, 402 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm.
DS827 .D34 J37 1988
Japan: a history in Art
New York, Simon and Schuster, 1964.
N7350 .S65 OV
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Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan
Friday, Karl F.
The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan
Art of the samurai : Japanese arms and armor, 1156-1868
Morihiro Ogawa ed. ; with contributions from Kazutoshi Harada … [et al.].
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, c2009.
344 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
NK6684 .A1 A79 2009
The artist and the warrior: military history through the eyes of the masters
Rabb, Theodore K.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011.
N8260 .R33 2011
The Peabody museum collection of japanese sword guards: with selected pieces of sword furniture
Salem, Mass. : The Museum, 1975
NK6784.A1 P4 1975
Samurai : the world of the warrior
Turnbull, Stephen R.
Oxford : Osprey, 2006.
224 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25cm.
DS827 .S3 T8765 2006
The Samurai : a military history
Turnbull, Stephen R.
[Richmond, Surrey] : Japan Library, 1996.
xviii, 285 p.,  p. de pl. : ill., cartes ; 23 cm.
DS836 .T87 1996
Lords of the samurai: the legacy of a daimyo family.
Woodson, Yoko, Melissa M. Rinne, Junʼichi Takeuchi, Thomas F. Cleary, Deborah Clearwaters, and Junko Abe.
[San Francisco]: Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. 2009.
Bibliography of Japanese History Coverage ends at 1912. Bibliography is updated regularly
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Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan