Japan Map Exhibition in Munich
Benedetto Bordone published the earliest known printed map devoted to Japan worldwide 1528 in Venice based solely on the mention by Marco Polo. Only when Portuguese and later also Dutch seafarers reached the distant archipelago the maps became more realistic. The Dutch brought back not only their own observations, but also Japanese maps. On the other hand Japanese cartographers became influenced by maps imported from Europe. The resulting fascinating evolution of the geographical image of Japan will be demonstrated in our exhibition by almost 100 oriental and occidental maps from the 16th to the 19th century.