New picture map of Edo Castle found in western Japan
Jiji -- Feb 09
The city government of Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, said Wednesday a picture map has been found that depicts Edo Castle and its surrounding areas in the early 17th century.

The castle was expanded around that time by Tokugawa Ieyasu, who founded the Tokugawa shogunate in 1603 in Edo, the previous name of Tokyo.

The picture map was discovered during a survey of a castle picture map collection housed at Matsue History Museum in the capital of the prefecture.

The survey found that the castle had a structure apparently designed with war in mind. The picture map, which is 27.6 centimeters long and 40.0 centimeters wide, depicted Edo Castle in a more detailed way than other maps drawn in the same period.

The picture map is believed to have been drawn around 1607-1609, according to Matsue municipal government officials.

News source: Jiji
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