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

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.

Take Me There: Maps and Books from Old Japan

WHEN Thursday, May 1 – Thursday, June 5, 2014

LOCATION Allen North Lobby & East Asia Library (Gowen Hall 3rd Floor) MAP

Guided tours (30 minutes) @ Allen Library by the exhibit curator, Saeko Suzuki
Tours in English:
May 6 & 7, 12:30pm
May 10, 1:15 pm
May 13 & 14, 12:30pm
May 17, 1:15 pm
May 20 &  21, 12:30 pm
May 24, 1:15pm
May 27 &  28, 12:30 pm
June 3 & 4, 12:30 pm
Tours in Japanese:
May 10, 2:00 pm
May 17, 2:00pm
May 24, 2:00 pm
May 31, 2:00pm
Saeko Suzuki
Tel: 206-543-6211

Exhibit Panels

Loan is available.

Contact Japanese Studies Librarian : Azusa Tanaka (



During the Tokugawa period [1603-1868], the majority of Japanese citizens ended their lives without having any kind of contact with foreigners for about 200 years since the mid-17th century, because of the seclusion policy adopted by the Tokugawa shogunate government. Even to travel within the country, travelers were required to carry a travel document. In Edo, which was the largest city at that time, residential areas were divided by social class. Nevertheless, even in these times, people’s interests, aspirations, and fears of unknown areas and, the people who lived there continued to grow, and were well represented in the early modern maps and books on geography.

In 2010, the Tateuchi Cataloging Project in the East Asia Library at the University of Washington was started with a generous grant from the Atsuhiko & Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation with the goal of organizing, cataloging, and preserving valuable Japanese research materials.

This exhibition is a visual representation of our efforts in this area. We would like to express our deep gratitude to the Tateuchi Foundation and the many individuals who contributed to this project.

As you walk through, consider yourself to be embarking on a journey through the world of Edo, Japan with these very special maps and geography books as your guide. Please enjoy your trip.



ワシントン大学東アジア図書館は、the Atsuhiko & Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundationの助成を受け、2010年よりTateuchi Cataloging Projectとして、研究資料や文化財として価値のある日本語貴重資料の整理を進めている。今回の展示品は、同Projectの成果の一部である。Tateuchi Foundation及び関係者各位に、この場を借りて厚くお礼申し上げる。

この展示の歩き方: あなたは旅人です。地図・地理書の作者の案内で、江戸の世界をお楽しみ下さい。

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Ukiyoe : mokuhan fukuse.  East Asia Library Collection (NE1321.8 .U3593)