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Site Policy


This website introduces Edo/Tokyo culture and history with the materials kept in the Special Collections Room of Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library.
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All copyrights on this website are strictly under the ownership of the Tokyo Metropolitan Library and are protected by Japanese copyright law.

3.Content usage

Since images of library materials posted on this website are considered open data not protected by copyright law (public domain), you can freely use them. To use an image, please display the large image on the page explaining the material, and then right-click to save it. Although there are no usage restrictions, please make sure that the usage does not violate laws, regulations, ordinances or public policy.

Requests from the Library

You are not obligated to fulfill the following requests. Nonetheless, we kindly request that you embrace and comply with the requests when using images of library materials.

(1) Please clearly indicate the name of the material used and the library that owns the material.
(2) If you used only a portion of the image or modified the image, please clearly indicate this by, for example, adding “(partial use)” after the name of the material.
(3) If you used images for the creation of works such as publications, please donate a copy of the finished work to the Special Collections Room of the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library.

Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library Special Collections Room
5-7-13 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8575

Unauthorized and illegal duplication, reproduction or re-use of the content on this website other than images of library materials is prohibited.
If you wish to use content other than images of library materials, please e-mail the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library Special Collections Room.


Links to the top page of this website, both commercial and noncommercial, are freely permitted in principle. However, please observe the rules below:

      • ・When you set links, please inform us of the link source URL to this e-mail address: mailmaster@library.metro.tokyo.jp
      • ・Please specify on your website that the links are to “EDO TOKYO Digital Museum”.
      • ・Links to the websites which do not meet the principle of our website are not permitted; for example, the websites including libelous or defamatory statements, or that intentionally damage the reputation or credibility of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library.
      • Please do not set links that place the website within a frame or otherwise can cause misunderstandings among third-party visitors by rendering the contents in such a way that it is unclear that the contents belong to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The contents and the URL of this website may be changed without prior notice. Please understand this prior to using the website.

5.Technical matters

      • (1) Recommended environment
        The following browsers are recommended for the safest and most pleasant experience using this website:
        • ・Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
        • ・Google Chrome, latest version
        • ・Mozilla Firefox, latest version
        • ・Safari, latest version
      • (2) Technology used
        • ・Cookies

          This site utilizes cookies for the purpose of achieving a more convenient viewing experience and continuously improving this website. It is possible for the user to decline cookies through the use of appropriate browser settings. Disabling cookies in this way will not hinder the use of this website in any major way.

        • ・JavaScript

          Portions of this website use JavaScript to achieve a more comfortable user experience. Failure to activate JavaScript in your browser may result in an inability to properly view or use this website.

        • ・FLASH

          The Adobe Flash Player from Adobe Systems Incorporated is required to view contents that use FLASH. Download the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player if it is not installed on your system or the contents of this website are displayed incorrectly.


Information given in this website is provided as accurately as possible. However, the Tokyo Metropolitan Library shall accept no responsibility for any results of its usage. Users shall assume full responsibility for any disputes arising from their use of library materials over copyrights, publication rights or any other issues.

7.Access to the original material

The original materials displayed on this website are kept in the Special Collections Room of the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library. However, access to some materials is restricted to preserve them. Particularly, the materials relating to the construction of the Edo Castle (Important Cultural Property) requires the advanced registration to access. If you wish to access the original materials, please contact the Special Collections Room by e-mail before your visit.

Special Collections Room
Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library
E-mail address: tokubun1★library.metro.tokyo.jp (Replace ★ with @.)