Fun Link Friday: Map Design by Yoshida Hatsusaburo

What can I do with a B.A. in Japanese Studies?

Spoon & Tamago has a feature on the cartographer Yoshida Hatsusaburo (1884-1955) and his gorgeous, detailed maps. I love the Taisho- and early Showa-era design work on these, and how much they look like real towns instead of a contemporary “flat” map.

Yoshida's map of Gifu, via Spoon & Tamago Yoshida’s map of Gifu, via Spoon & Tamago

Yoshida’s birthday was March 4, and there was a Google doodle on google.co.jp in his honor.

Check out more on Yoshida and his maps on Spoon & Tamago. Check out more of his work at the Maps Communications Museum‘s (地図の資料館) website (Japanese).

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