Map of the Mountain of Nikko
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Map of the Mountain of Nikko, c. 1850
Ink on Paper
11 1/4 in. x 16 9/16 in. (285.75 mm x 420.69 mm)
During the Edo period, though travel throughout the country was restricted by the government and often arduous, allowances were made for trips to important shrines and temples. One popular destination for residents of Edo (modern Tokyo) was Nikko, in modern Tochigi Prefecture, and the location of the Tōshōgū Shrine. This shrine is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan during the Edo period (also called the Tokugawa period). Beyond this important shrine and the monumental cedar trees that lead up to it, the area also has many Buddhist temples, a famous lake and waterfall, and spectacular autumn colors, all of which are featured in printed travel guidebooks and on maps like this example designed for mid-19th century pilgrims.
- Meher McArthur, January 7, 2021
Colored ink on paper.
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