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Map, Japan, Tokyo, Pictorial Map, Vintage Print, 1955
Aoyama Seiichi (after) Pictorial Map of Japan
Shunju-do Company, Tokyo, Japan: 1955
Color process print
40 x 30 inches
Large pictorial map of Japan. It has numerous small cartoon illustrations of both traditional and modern buildings including shrines and pagodas; people enjoying recreational activities such as relaxing in a spa, skiing and mountaineering; marine and terrestrial wildlife; vehicles and boats; and manufactured and agricultural products associated with various regions. Manufacturing industries such as textiles, patent medicine and copper mining are represented by generic drawings of factories. The map is printed in light tints of green, yellow, blue and pink, outlined in black, Geography is simple, including major regions, towns and cities, large lakes, volcanoes and mountain ranges. Major roads are indicated by dashed lines. There is an inset map of the island of Hokkaido, the tip of which also appears on the main map. A caricature of a bearded Russian peers at it across the strait from the Kamchatka Peninsula. From the lower left margin, a cloud — labeled “typhoon” — is rolling in.
This map was published in Tokyo as a souvenir for the English-speaking tourist market in the early days of the development post war tourism of the mid 1950s. It was originally issued as a folding pocket map, priced at 180 yen or 50 cents on the cover. The self-illustrated cover on the backside has a caricature of a tourist wearing a conical Asian straw hat, carrying a backpack and consulting a map while looking at a pagoda.
Full publication information: Pictorial Map of Japan. Published by Shunju-do Co. Copyright 1955, by S. Aoyama, 2-730, Kami-Ochiai, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Condition: Generally very good, formerly folded, as issued. Now professionally cleaned, flattened, deacidified, and backed with Japanese tissue, thus repairing slight openings at folds and fold intersections. Some remaining some minor toning, wear, handling, creases. Self-printed cover illustration, verso, now obscured by Japanese tissue backing.