Maps of the World in Early Modern Japan

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Since the world in its entirety cannot be grasped through direct experience, world maps are mental constructs that serve as a radiography of a given culture’s attitudes towards its environment. Early modern Japan offers an intriguing study case for the assimilation of a variety of world map typologies in terms of pre-existing traditions of thought. Rather than topography, these maps stress topological connections between “myriad countries” and therefore embody the various mental maps of cultural agents in Japan. The maps’ materiality and embeddedness in social networks reveal connections to other areas of visual and intellectual culture of the period.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History
EditorsDavid Ludden
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780190277727
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2020
EventBuilt Japan: Environment, City and Empire - University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus 1855 West Mall Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 9 Feb 201810 Feb 2018


WorkshopBuilt Japan: Environment, City and Empire
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Scopus Subject Areas

  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cartography
  • Worldview
  • Early Modern Art and Visual Culture
  • Japan
  • world maps
  • Neo-Confucianism
  • knowledge networks
  • Dutch studies
  • map projections
  • world views
  • cartographyi
  • Edo-era intellectual history Matteo Ricc


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