1927 Showa 2 Japanese Map of Kobe City and Harbor, Japan.
Description: This is a scarce 1927 or Showa 2 map of Kobe City, Japan. It covers all of Kobe city, the fifth largest city in Japan and the capital of the Hyogo Prefecture. Founded in 1889, the city quickly became a prominent port city. Today it is the fourth largest container port in Japan. This detailed map shows streets, railroads, important buildings and various other topographical features. A legend and two inset maps are also included. Verso features text in Japanese along with a few pictures and another smaller map. All text is in Japanese, with some place names noted in English. This map was issued in 1927 in Japan.
Date: 1927 (undated)
Cartographer: Japanese cartography appears as early as the 1600s. Japanese maps are known for their exceptional beauty and high quality of workmanship. Early Japanese cartography has its own very distinctive projection and layout system. Japanese maps made prior to the appearance of Commodore Perry and the opening of Japan in the mid to late 1850s often have no firm directional orientation, incorporate views into the map proper, and tend to be hand colored woodblock prints. This era, from the 1600s to the c. 1855, which roughly coincides with the Tokugawa or Edo Period (1603-1886), some consider the Golden Age of Japanese Cartography. Most maps from this period, which followed isolationist ideology, predictably focus on Japan. The greatest cartographer of the period, whose work redefined all subsequent cartography, was Ino Tadataka (1745 -1818). Ino's maps of Japan were so detailed that, when the European cartographers arrived they had no need, even with their far more sophisticated survey equipment, to remap the region. Later Japanese maps, produced in the late Edo and throughout the Meiji period, draw heavily upon western maps as models in both their content and overall cartographic style. While many of these later maps maintain elements of traditional Japanese cartography such as the use of rice paper, woodblock printing, and delicate hand color, they also incorporate western directional orientation, projection systems, and structural norms. Click here for a list of Japanese maps.
Size: Printed area measures 42 x 15.5 inches (106.68 x 39.37 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 13000
Condition: Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Japanese text on verso.
Code: Kobe-showa2-1927 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)