Download e-book for kindle: Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps by Kären Wigen,Sugimoto Fumiko,Cary Karacas

By Kären Wigen,Sugimoto Fumiko,Cary Karacas

ISBN-10: 022607305X

ISBN-13: 9780226073057

Miles of shelf house in modern eastern bookstores and libraries are dedicated to go back and forth courses, jogging maps, and topical atlases. younger jap teenagers are taught tips on how to safely map their school rooms and schoolgrounds. aged retirees pore over outdated fort plans and village cadasters. Pioneering surveyors are featured in renowned tv indicates, and avid creditors covet beautiful scrolls depicting sea and land routes. at the present time, jap everyone is zealous manufacturers and shoppers of cartography, and maps are a vital part of day-by-day life.


But this was once no longer regularly the case: one thousand years in the past, maps have been exclusively a privilege of the ruling elite in Japan. simply some time past 400 years has jap cartography really taken off, and among the sunrise of Japan’s cartographic explosion and this present day, the nation’s society and panorama have passed through significant differences. At each aspect, maps have documented these enormous alterations. Cartographic Japan bargains a wealthy advent to the ensuing treasure trove, with shut research of 1 hundred maps from the overdue 1500s to the current day, every one taken care of as a particular window onto Japan’s tumultuous history.


Forty-seven unique contributors—hailing from Japan, North the United States, Europe, and Australia—uncover the meanings in the back of a key choice of those maps, situating them in ancient context and explaining how they have been made, learn, and used on the time. With a couple of hundred beautiful full-color illustrations, Cartographic Japan bargains an enlightening journey of Japan’s very good cartographic archive.

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