Manga no Ryokou: The “Manga Map” and A Journey Through the Art of Depiction in Japanese Cartography

Event details

September 18, 2023 - February 23, 2024


Clark Library Exhibit Space, Hatcher Library South

Event typeExhibit

The exhibit examines the intersection between art, narrative, and geography within Japanese cartography. It centers on the titular “manga map”, a rare Japanese travel map of Japan (ca. 1934) that is densely packed with manga illustrations detailing local folklore, history, architecture, flora/fauna, and more. The exhibit also includes works of Japanese art and cartography in order to consider the dichotomy between artistry and geographic depiction, and how that plays with the definition of a “map.” Open during Hatcher Library hours.

Alongside the exhibit, the manga map is also part of a new digital humanities preservation project at the library using the online crowd-sourcing platform Zooniverse, where the map will be transcribed/translated and made into a fully interactive digital map. More information is available at the exhibit.

Both the exhibit and the Zooniverse project were created as a summer internship capstone project by Joel Liesenberg, a dual-degree master’s student in International and Regional Studies focusing in Japanese studies and the School of Information focusing in digital curation.

Join us for an exhibit opening event on September 21.


Library contact

Tim Utter ·

Library events are free and open to the public, and we are committed to making them accessible to attendees. If you anticipate needing accommodations to participate, please notify the listed contact with as much notice as possible.