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Miyako Rinsen Meishō Zue [Pictorial Guide to Gardens in Kyoto]
Miyako Rinsen Meishō Zue
[Pictorial Guide to Gardens in Kyoto]
Ritō Akisato, 1787
Woodblock print, Japanese-style binding
Japanese Rare Book Collection, Asian Division,
Library of Congress (004.00.00)


Meishō zue are a genre of illustrated guidebooks published during the Edo period (1603–1867).  The guidebooks were filled with detailed information on the history, legends, and special products of various temples, shrines, and famous places in Japan.  Among the most famous guidebooks were the Miyako Meishō Zue [Pictorial Guide to the Capital] from 1780, edited by Ritō Akisato, who also produced Miyako Rinsen Meishō Zue which is on display.

This title, along with 312 others, was purchased for the Library in 1937 by Dr. Shiho Sakanishi from Shigeo Sorimachi, a renowned dealer of Japanese antiquarian books.  According to Sorimachi’s memoirs, Sakanishi travelled to Japan and met with him to select Edo period (1603–1867) books to build the Library’s Japanese rare book collection, spending a total of 4,000 yen.  The tension between the United States and Japan in the years leading up to World War II made it increasingly difficult for Sakanishi to acquire books from her native land.

 

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