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Take Me There: Maps and Books from Old Japan: 11

This page is a guide to the exhibit which display Books, manuscripts and maps published in Japan's Tokugawa Period (1603-1868) that came to light and are were cataloged during the Tateuchi Retrospective Cataloging project in the East Asia Library.


Sekai kunizukushi
Fukuzawa Yukichi

Tokyo : Keiō Gijuku, 1869
6 v. in 3, 23 cm

Tokyo : Nihin Kindai Bungakukan, 1968

East Asia Library Collection
G115 .F84 1869 
G115 .F84 1869a


This book on the “Japanese enlightenment” describes the geography and history of countries around the world. It is composed of various illustrations and rhythmical text that mimics the travel guides of the Tokugawa period [1603-1868] in order to make it easy to understand for Japanese citizens who were uninformed of foreign affairs due to the policy of seclusion.
Vol. 1. Asia; Vol. 2. Africa; Vol. 3. Europe; Vol. 4. North America; Vol. 5. South America Oceania; Vol. 6. Appendix. In volume 4, Fukuzawa introduces the U.S. Revolutionary War, the first President of the United States, George Washington, and the political system of the United States. We have both original works and reproductions in the East Asia Library. This exhibit shows only the reproductions. 

Fukuzawa Yukichi

An author and an educator in the Meiji period [1869-1912]. Fukuzawa came from a Samurai family in the Nakatsu Domain (present-day Nakatsu, Ōita). Fukuzawa visited Western countries as the attendant of an envoy dispatched abroad by the shogunate. Early in his career, he worked as an activist for the enlightenment of the people and in 1858 he established a school called Keio Gijuku, where people could be enrolled without discrimination as to position and status. 


世界國盡 (せかいくにづくし)

東京 : 慶応義塾, 明治 2 [1869]
6 v. in 3, 23 cm

東京 : 日本近代文学館, 昭和 43 [1968]

G115 .F84 1869 
G115 .F84 1869a


世界各国の地理・歴史を説いた啓蒙書。開国間もなく海外事情に疎い日本国民にも理解し易いよう、徳川時代の旅行案内を模したリズミカルな文章とふんだんな挿絵から成る。 巻 1. 亜細亜 (アジア) 洲; 巻 2. 阿非利加 (アフリカ) 洲; 巻 3. 歐羅巴 (ヨーロッパ) 洲; 巻 4. 北亜米利加 (アメリカ) 洲; 巻 5. 南亜米利加 (アメリカ) 洲, 大洋洲; 巻 6. 附錄. 巻 4 では、米国独立戦争・初代大統領ワシントン・米国の政治制度等を紹介。東アジア図書館では原本と複製本を所蔵。展示品は複製本である。

福澤諭吉 (ふくざわ ゆきち)

明治時代[1868-1912]の著者・教育者。中津藩士の家に生まれる。幕府の幕末遣外使節に随行して欧米各国を視察。彼の初期の活動としては民衆啓蒙が挙げられ、1858 年には身分差別なく入学できる学校、慶応義塾を創立。

世界國盡 (Sekai kunizukushi)

Bibliography (引用・参考文献リスト)

Craig, A. (2009). Civilization and Eenlightenment : The Early thought of Fukuzawa Yukichi. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. LB775.F82 C73 2009

小学館. (2001-2014). 福沢諭吉. In 日本大百科全書. 東京 : 小学館. Retrieved on May 1, 2014 from

伊藤正雄. (1969). 福澤論吉論考. 東京 : 吉川弘文館. LB775.F82 I8

開国百年記念文化事業会 (Ed.). (1953). 鎖国時代日本人の海外知識. 東京 : 乾元社. p. 185. Z3308.A39 K3 cop.2

佐藤友計. (1994). 福澤諭吉の地理教育観に関する一考察. In 日本地理教育学会, 新地理, 54(1), pp. 1-12. Available from J-STAGE free Web site:

小学館. (2001-2014). 世界国尽In 日本大百科全書. 東京 : 小学館. Retrieved on May 1, 2014 from