Today in History–July 29–the Library of Congress features the country of Japan. On this date in 1858, the United States and Japan signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce (the Harris Treaty), which helped establish diplomatic ties between the two countries. Find out more about early U.S.-Japanese relations and Townsend Harris, the man who negotiated the treaty, by visiting the Today in History section. Then, follow the links below to access more resources and primary sources related to this island nation.
Japan country study (history, culture, industry, and more)
Japan primary sources from the World Digital Library
Japan books & other texts (1500-1929)
Fine Prints: Japanese (pre-1915)
The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, and Substance (online exhibition)
On the Cutting Edge: Contemporary Japanese Prints (online exhibition)
Searching for Current Japanese Laws and Regulations In Custodia Legis blog post, May 19, 2014