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Shinano in the Nation

Kären Wigen

in A Malleable Map

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780520259188
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945807 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520259188.003.0002
Shinano in the Nation

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The collection of national maps published before the Meiji era is huge and diverse. It is possible within that collection to perceive three fundamentally different paradigms: a view from the west, a view from the east, and a view from the road. The eldest cartographic model was focused on Yamashiro Province, the region of the imperial capital. The Kyoto-centric paradigm proved resilient, resurging in various cartographic forms throughout the Tokugawa period. The geography of Shinano as a result had developed in classical times and remained in public view into the nineteenth century. In the genre of the all-Japan map, no single perspective won out; on the eve of the Meiji revolution, things portraying the kuni as seen from Kyoto, from Edo, and from the road circulated simultaneously. The result was a multiplicity of visions, an imitation of alternative mappings of Shinano's place in the nation of Nihon that coexisted without gathering.

Keywords: Meiji; Yamashiro; kuni; Kyoto; Nihon

Chapter.  8390 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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