Posted by: bluesyemre | August 29, 2022

The NDL (National Diet Library) Image Bank

Images via National Diet Library “NDL Image Bank”

Vectors are great and all, but for occasions when a classical spin would be more fitting for your project, look no further than the past.
As reported by Time Out Tokyo, the National Diet Library—Japan’s national library and among the largest libraries in the world—regularly digitizes graphics, photos, and prints from history. These are all works whose copyright has expired, so they have now been released in the public domain to be used for free.
The extensive selection includes textiles for kimonos, ukiyo-e depictions of Japanese spirits called Yōkai, drawings of Japanese desserts, and much, much, more.

Edo-era artworks shed insight on how people spent their summers. Families would pass time by watching goldfish, and eat watermelon to beat the heat. Some people would even munch on eel “for stamina.”

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