Antique world map from Japan, circa 1850


A world map hand-drawn in Japan circa 1850, two years after the Meiji Revolution opened the nation’s closed doors to the world.


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  1. The map is Sekusui Nagakubo’s Chikyu Bankoku – Sekisui was a renaissance man of his day, and the second most important Japanese cartographer ever – Sekisui’s world maps, inspired by Matteo Ricci’s original World map published in China, were carefully researched and drawn, and were instrumental in bringing information about the outside world to the broader population of isolated but curious Japanese during the pre-Meiji era.