For map geeks - among whose ranks we count ourself - there is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see several of Ino Tadataka's charts.
Ino (1745 - 1817), who is more familiarly known as Chukei, was a legendary surveyor, map maker, and virtual man of steel who is now a national hero in Japan.
At age 49 - at a time when the average lifespan was 50 - he quit his day job and became an apprentice to the leading astronomer of the period.
Following five years of intense study and training, he set out in his mid-50s on ten journeys to map the coast of Japan.
After almost 17 years of mind-boggling determination, adventure, and endurance, he accomplished this.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Kyoto's Otani University Museum will display charts completed 200 years ago by Ino in 1813. These charts were discovered in France in 1970. They were returned to Japan, restored by Kyoto-based Nissha Printing company, and then donated to Otani University.
For those on a bike, it is a twenty-minute ride due north of central Kyoto. The easiest way is to go straight up Karasuma. The Otani Museum.
Dates: June 11 - August 5 (Closed Sundays & Mondays)
Hours: 10 am - 5 pm (Fridays until 7 pm)
Fees: 500 yen
Tel: 075 411 8483
The Museum is accessed via Kitaoji Dori. Enter the north gate. It is on the first floor of the Koryukan Building.
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