1911 Meiji 44 Japanese Map of Kyoto, Japan
Description: This is a beautiful and scarce example of the 1911 or Meiji 44 map of Kyoto, Japan, published by the Japanese. It covers the former Imperial capital city of Kyoto as well as some of the surrounding hills in great detail showing roads, railways, canals, parks and other topographical details. Kyoto is one of Asia's oldest and most famous metropolitan cities. The map includes insets featuring the Osaka-Kyoto route and distances between major spots in Kyoto are marked. All text is in Japanese. This map was published in Japan during the Meiji Era.
Date: 1911 (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 30.5 x 21 inches (77.47 x 53.34 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 20000
Condition: Very good. Some wear along original fold lines. Japanese text on verso.
Code: Kyoto-meiji44-1911 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Japanese Map , Meiji Era , City Plan