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David Rumsey Map Collection Unveils Japanese Maps

  http://www.davidrumsey.com/japan/

Last Updated: 5/10/2003

This really isn't related to Japanese gardens, but, as someone who works with analytical map information systems for my day job, it is a topic near and dear to my heart. The David Rumsey Collection and Luna Imaging have recently teamed with the Univ. of California, Berkeley, to make their oustanding collection of Japanese maps (the most comprehensive in the world, outside Japan) to the public by doing some high quality scanning and referencing of the images. The collection was acquired by the University of California from the Mitsui family in 1949, and is housed on the Berkeley campus in the East Asian Library. As many of the maps are very fragile this is going to make them available to a much broader audience than would otherwise have ever been the case. But if you are interested in historic Japanese maps, you can find out more at http://www.davidrumsey.com/japan/



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