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1935 Showa 10 Japanese Panoramic Map of the Yokohama Expo, Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama Expo. - Main View

1935 Showa 10 Japanese Panoramic Map of the Yokohama Expo, Yokohama, Japan




Yokohama Expo.
  1935 (undated)     7.5 x 20 in (19.05 x 50.8 cm)


This is a rare example of the 1935 or Showa 10 panoramic view or map of the 1935 Yokohama exposition held in Yokohama, Japan. Featuring a beautifully colored birds-eye view style plan of the exposition grounds, identifying the pavilions of various regions including Tokyo, Hokkaido, Taiwan, Korea, Manchuria, and Brazil; political institutions such as the army and navy; and various industries including silk growers and the whale fisheries. The U.S. Consulate building is featured prominently at the front entrance. The exposition, held in Yamashita Park between March 26 and May 24 of 1935, celebrated the reconstruction of Yokohama following the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake. The rubble from the earthquake was collected over a period of four years and was used to reclaim Yamashita Park. Many ships can be seen sailing alongside whales in the water. All text is in Japanese. This is a beautiful folding view issued in 1935.


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. Even so, Japan's isolationist policy kept most western maps from reaching Japan so even 19th century maps appear extremely out of date. The early Japanese maps copy the great 1602 Chinese world map of the friar Matto Ricci. After Shiba Kokan's 1792 map, most Japanese cartographers used Covens and Mortier's 1730 copy of Jaillot's 1689 double hemisphere work as their base world-view. In 1862 Seiyo Sato based a new world map on Dutch sources dating to 1857, thus introducing the Mercator projection to Japan. By the late Meiji Era, western maps became far more common in Asia and Japanese maps began to follow modern conventions. Learn More...


Very good. Minor wear on original fold lines.