Download e-book for iPad: 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 area in modern jap bookstores and libraries are dedicated to shuttle publications, strolling maps, and topical atlases. younger eastern kids are taught how one can accurately map their school rooms and schoolgrounds. aged retirees pore over previous fort plans and village cadasters. Pioneering surveyors are featured in renowned tv indicates, and avid creditors covet beautiful scrolls depicting sea and land routes. this present day, eastern individuals are zealous manufacturers and shoppers of cartography, and maps are a vital part of day-by-day life.


But this used to be now not constantly the case: one thousand years in the past, maps have been completely a privilege of the ruling elite in Japan. purely long ago 400 years has eastern cartography actually taken off, and among the sunrise of Japan’s cartographic explosion and this day, the nation’s society and panorama have gone through significant modifications. At each element, maps have documented these huge adjustments. Cartographic Japan deals 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 extraordinary contributors—hailing from Japan, North the US, Europe, and Australia—uncover the meanings at the back of a key collection of those maps, situating them in old context and explaining how they have been made, learn, and used on the time. With a couple of hundred lovely full-color illustrations, Cartographic Japan bargains an enlightening travel of Japan’s marvelous cartographic archive.

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