DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 11, 2021) – In Issue 2021-28 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we look at ancient Japan and her Emperor


Today is National Foundation Day in Japan, celebrating the accession of the first Emperor Jimmu in 660 B.C.  There is no concrete evidence that Jimmu existed though.

Today is the first day of the new year in the traditional lunisolar calendar.  This national holiday is low key, with no large public celebration.

Here is an only modestly accurate map of Japan and Korea from 1630, created by Hondius.  Westerners had little contact with this region in those days, and their maps reflected that.

1630 Map of Japan and Korea (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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