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Take Me There: Maps and Books from Old Japan

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 to Thursday, June 5, 2014
East Asia Library, Gowen Hall 3rd floor

During the Tokugawa period [1603-1868], the majority of Japanese citizens ended their lives without having any kind of contact with foreigners for about 200 years since the mid-17th century, because of the seclusion policy adopted by the Tokugawa shogunate government. Even to travel within the country, travelers were required to carry a travel document. In Edo, which was the largest city at that time, residential areas were divided by social class. Nevertheless, even in these times, people’s interests, aspirations, and fears of unknown areas and, the people who lived there continued to grow, and were well represented in the early modern maps and books on geography.

As you walk through, consider yourself to be embarking on a journey through the world of Edo, Japan with these very special maps and geography books as your guide.

The exhibit will run from Thursday, May 1 – Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Guided tours led by the exhibit curator, Ms. Saeko Suzuki, are scheduled as following:

Tours in English:
May 6 & 7, 12:30pm
May 10, 1:15 pm
May 13 & 14, 12:30pm
May 17, 1:15 pm
May 20 & 21, 12:30 pm

Tours in Japanese:
May 10, 2:00 pm
May 17, 2:00pm

Sponsored by the UW East Asia Library and Atsuhiko & Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation. For more information contact

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