While the Inoh Maps are modern style surveyed maps, it makes use of traditional Japanese painting and western style painting skills for its topographical depiction. One of these skills used in the maps is the bird’s-eye projection by which it depicts the landscape as if to look down from the sky. Drawn based on the subjective view of the drawer or being deformed, the bird’s-eye projection has not been used in standard modern maps. It is a technique which has rather been succeeded in the panoramic landscape works depicted by the artists of posterity like Gountei Sadahide active towards the end of the Edo period or Meiji period, and Yoshida Hatsusaburo, Matsui Tenzan in the Taisho and Showa period.
In this Exhibition, focusing on the depiction of landscapes and topography of the Inoh Maps, we will also introduce the works of landscapes by Shiba Kokan and Aoudou Denzen who had a close relationship with Inoh Tadataka at that time, together with another history of landscape drawings from the Inoh Maps to the bird’s-eye projections at the end of Edo, Meiji and Taisho period.
“Actual Survey Record of Japan’s Coastal Areas” which was submitted to the Shogunate government together with “Maps of Japan’s Coastal Areas” describes the record of 3,800 islands, including approximately 1,400 islands of which the circumferences were actually surveyed and near 2,300 other islands which were remotely measured from the capes of islands nearby.
In this Exhibition, the Map of Oshima of Izu Seven Islands depicting its terrain in detail from the Inoh Maps is to be exhibited. Beside this, detailed episodes are exhibited of the surveys of Sado island where Tadataka and his disciples surveyed by splitting up, and about the survey of Yaku and Tanegashima Islands where Tadataka wrote that they were “the hardest part of Japan” in his letter.
The instruments he used were mostly custom-made for the nation wide survey as an unprecedented experiment.
Those various instruments which enabled very accurate surveys have mechanisms elaborated by the tricks or the master-hand at technology. Tadataka also had tricks or skills worthy to maneuver them to grasp the land, sea and air of all Japan.
This exhibition of good repute is to be held once a year to exhibit all of the the Inoh Tadataka related materials (National Treasures) at once.
In the exhibition this year, the instruments and surveys by Tadataka are to be exhibited from the view of these “tricks and techniques”.
In this Collection Exhibition, the typical and real materials from 5 categories (maps/drawings, documents/records, missives, books and instrume nts) are exhibited and those introduce the profoundness of the Inoh Tadataka Related Materials.
Old Hina dolls（外部サイト） together with its accessories are to be exhibited. They have been passed down to the current daughters of headman of the Inoh family, who are the fourth generation after Tadataka. Also, old Hina dolls of the old Nara family who was a draper's being originated from Kyoto and the biggest merchant house in Sawara at the Late Edo, Meiji and Taisho period.
In the modern life, we are acclimated to GPS and automotive navigation system. What kind of methods was Tadaka applying at that time?
In this workshop, the participants can experience easily how Tadataka surveyed and produced maps by using familiar tools with the assistance of curators. Additionally, the Museum offers a certificate to those who have completed a map.
Application should be necessary. Please wait for the announcement about details.
The participants to the program will be provided brief explanation and advice by curators while exploring the regular exhibits. Prior-booking is not required.