Tokyo 2019

How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other

Workshop held before the 29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC)
Tokyo, Japan
15 July 2019

In conjunction with the 29th International Cartographic Conference held in Tokyo 15-20 July 2019 (, the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping organized a joint international preconference workshop: ‘Cartography as a Cultural Encounter: How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other’. The workshop was held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, on 15 July 2019.


The workshop venue was the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, located in the beautiful Tokyo bay area. The sessions took place in the Uranus Room.



The focus of the workshop was on both western and eastern cartographic practices viewed from a historical perspective, from the early modern era until the early 20th century. Themes included how each of these cartographic traditions developed over time, how they understood and mapped their own space but also how they mapped and saw Others, and how these diverse cartographic cultures and practices around the globe contributed to the dissemination of geographic knowledge.


10:00‑10:15Walk in with coffee/tea
10:15‑10:30Opening address by the organizers
10:30‑12:15Session 1: Eastern Cartographic Practices and their Echo in the West
Professor Hirotada Kawamura - World image of early modern Japan
Professor Shigeru Kobayashi - Early modern maps of Japan as sources of Western cartography of East Asia during the 18th and 19th century
Bruce Jones - Early Chinese Bronze Ritual Vessel Cartography: How Trees, Mounds, Spirals, and Ponds Were Used to Document Early China’s Landscape
12:15‑13:30Lunch break (on your own)
13:30‑14:40Session 2: From Tradition to Modernity: Diverse Cartographic Cultures in India
Ankita Medhi - Cartographic history of India: Mapping India from the early modern ages till the 20th century
Bhanwar Vishvendra Raj Singh - The role of cartography in tiger conservation of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, India
14:40‑15:00Coffee break
15:00‑16:05Session 3 : Between the Old and The New World: A Cartographic Encounter
Aytaç Yürükçü - How East and West Cartographic Studies Influenced the Most Important 16th Century Ottoman Cartographer of Piri Reis and His World Maps
Mirela Altić - Jesuit View of Americas: A Cultural Encounter in the New World
16:05‑16:15Closing remarks