December 14, 2018

Old Maps in Asia: An International Symposium at Toyo Bunko

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On December 8 & 9, 2018, the Seventh International Symposium of Inter-Asia Research Networks was held at Toyo Bunko in Tokyo, Japan.

Old Maps in Asia Toyo Bunko Symposium

Image source: https://sites.google.com/site/tbkenkyubulecture/kenkyukai-sinpo

(Accessed on December 14, 2018)

The theme of the symposium was “Old Maps in Asia: Basic Information and Perspective for New Research.” Two researchers made presentations on the maps of Okinawa.

(1) WATANABE Miki (The University of Tokyo)

“The Oldest Map Becomes the Newest: Takemori Dōetsu’s 1696 Map of the Ryūkyū Kingdom”

(2) TAKAHASHI Kimiaki (Toyo Bunko; Nagoya University)

“Ryukyu and Taiwan in Maps of China Made in Edo Japan”

The National Archives of Japan’s Digital Archive has several maps of the Ryukyus.

https://www.digital.archives.go.jp/DAS/pickup/view/category/categoryArchives/0300000000/0301000000/00

The Okinawa Prefectural Archives also has a page dedicated to the maps of the Ryukyus.

http://www.archives.pref.okinawa.jp/event_information/past_exhibitions/5740

Past Events related to the Maps of the Ryukyus

Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum’s exhibition: “Maps of the Ryukyus and Okinawa” (February – April 2017)

Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum Exhibit 2017

April 23, 2018

Maps of Taiwan under Japanese Colonization available from NDL in Japan

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National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) announces that the maps of Taiwan created during the Japanese colonization period are now available on their site.

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The Government Documents and Maps Department in Hamilton Library has some historical maps of China, Japan, and Russia.

Geographical Research Maps of China 1917

https://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/special-collections/geographical-research-in-china-1917

Because of Okinawa’s proximity to Taiwan and Fujian Province in China, the maps might be of interest to some researchers.

MAGIS

Also, researchers might find the newly acquired book titled “Okinawa sekimin” no Taiwan hikiage shōgenshū (= 『「沖縄籍民」の台湾引揚げ証言・資料集』)(Okinawa: University of the Ryukyus, 2018). Roughly translated, “Interviews of Okinawans who lived but left Taiwan after the WWII.”