Oliver is joined by Dr Sonia Favi, researcher at the University of Turin, to discuss the history of imagined travel. Sonia’s digital exhibition, ‘Travels in Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868): A Virtual Journey’, explores how late-Edo period maps indulged the imagination of those unable to journey across the country, something all too familiar in the wake of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Image and audio credits
[L] Nanban byōbu by Kanō Naizen (Folding screen depicting ‘Southern barbarians’ – i.e. European travellers – as they land on Japanese shores). First quarter of the 17th century. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
[R] Measured map of the Tōkaidō Highway by Ochikochi Dōin and Hishikawa Moronobu (1690) 東海道分間絵図; Tōkaidō bunken no zu; 東海道分間之図. John Rylands Research Institute and Library.
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