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Asian Arts

Searching for Materials in the Library catalog

There are several ways to search the Library's catalog for materials; however you might want to use the Subject Headings  Art Japan or Art Japanese.

Article Databases and Journals

ASU Library subscribes to over 400 databases. On the Libraries' homepage under Articles you can search for articles, select a specific database or look up an e-Journal by title. Though there are many databases that might be useful I have selected several to get you started in your research.


    • Orientations: the magazine for collectors and connoisseurs of Oriental art. Index and abstracts available online. Issues in Hayden Library (lower level) at DS 501 .O73
    • Arts of Asia available in Hyaden Library (lower level) NX 572 .A75

    Other resources:

    • Asia Art Achive is a dynamic, growing body of material intended to reflect contemporary artistic practice and developments of Asia within an international context.

      Images and Image Databases

      Artelino is an online art auction site but it does have quite a few images and some biographies of the artists.

      ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences.

      CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online) is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. 


      Photobucket current Japanese art images. It is a video and image hosting site so look with care.

      Asia Society provides a virtual exhibition of 25 items from thier collection.

      Japan Society provides a vast of array of resources on Japan.

      The Floating World: Japanese color woodcuts by Katagawa Utamaro from the NYPL Digital Gallery.

      Many of the resources above were found on the ArtPromote site. It worth taking a look at.


      Aida Makoto moves freely to and fro between society and history, across the borders between contemporary and pre-modern, east and west.

      Akira Yamaguchi uses the techniques of traditional Japanese painting to explore new possibilities for contemporary art.

      Satoru Aoyama his photo-realistic work, which at first seems to be a traditional oil painting or photograph, is in fact embroidery. 

      Chiho Aoshima  a member of Kaikai Kiki and the Superflat movement, is known for her fantastical urban pop creatures and landscapes.

      Chiharu Shiota is a performance and installation artist who creates large-scale, site-specific poetic environments.

      Ei Arakawa is drawn to states of change, instability, happy accidents and elements of risk. His performative actions and installations involve collectivity, friendship, simultaneity and improvisation.

      Online Encyclopedias


      Yoshiko Chuma [videorecording] : a page out of order / DuArt Film and Video ; produced by Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc. ; a film by Rima Yamazaki ; producer, Michael Blackwood . 2009 (61 minutes). Hayden Lower Level GV1785.C528 Y67 2009 DVD   

      Bye Bye Kitty!!! - Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art (2:54)

      The cats of Mirikitani [videorecording] / produced by Lucid Dreaming, Inc. in association with the Independent Television Serivice (ITVS) and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) ; producers, Masa Yoshikawa, Linda Hattendorf ; director, Linda Hattendorf. 2008 (74 minutes); West Media N6537.M56 C38 2008 DVD 

      The discovery of Japan [videorecording] : arts of the southern barbarians / a production of NHK International. 2005 (30 minutes); Hayden Lower Level N7353.5 .D58 2005 DVD 

      Hokusai: the suspended threat (30:59) This program takes a deep look into Hokusai’s The Great Wave, interpreting the story it tells and scrutinizing formal aspects ranging from the perfect spiral that underpins the wave, to the spiritual balance between water and sky, to the fractal-like nature of the wavelets. 

      Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting. (59:53)

      Memories of Origin: Hiroshi Sugimoto (43:32) This documentary follows 200 days in the life of contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto--a leading presence in the world of modern art.

      Manga World (52:05) Filmed in Japan, this program pushes beyond the stereotypes to objectively examine the history of manga, how manga are drawn, and manga’s influence on Japanese life.

      The Next Big Thing! Five Contemporary Japanese Artists (1:14:48)

      The Past as Future in Japanese Contemporary Art (52:29)

      Yayoi Kusama: the polka dot princess (49.01) Yayoi Kusama, 83, is a self-proclaimed genius who wears signature red polka-dot clothes and is one of few Japanese artists who have achieved worldwide celebrity.

      Library One Search


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      Tutorials and Other Materials

      ASU Library has a number of tutorials available. They are usually short (4 minutes or less) and focus on problems you may run into as you research and write your papers. They can be found on the Library's home page under Services for Students or at Tutorials. I selected a few that might be helpful:

      If you are having problems citing or you aren't sure which style guide to use link to our Libgude in Citing Styles.

      You may also wish to take a look at the Academic Integrity Libguide for a refresher on ASU policies in regards to plagiarism and other academic integrity issues.

      Citation Help

      If you need help with citations try the Citation Styles guide.

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