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1925 Taisho 14 Japanese Panoramic Map of Nikko

Nikko. - Main View

1925 Taisho 14 Japanese Panoramic Map of Nikko




  1925 (dated)     7 x 29 in (17.78 x 73.66 cm)


This is an extremely attractive 1925 (Taisho 14) Japanese view map of Nikko, Japan. Nikko is a U.N. World Heritage Site and considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Japan. This uncommon type of map evolved out of the exposure of traditional Japanese view-style cartography and western technology. Views like this began to appear in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea in the early 20th century. Generally speaking such maps coincided with the development of railroad lines throughout the once vast Dai Nippon Teikoku or Japanese Empire. It is a distinctive style full of artistic flourish that at the same time performs a practical function. This particular example is both relatively early and exceptionally beautiful. It was printed via a multi-color lithographic process with delicately shaded tones and a easily comprehensible intuitive design. Essentially a transportation map, it shows the major and minor rail lines throughout Nikko, Japan. Similar black and white view of the entire city, including the train stations, on verso. Folds into original art deco slipcase. All text in Japanese.


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