HAYASHI SHIHEITitle:Sangoku Tsuran Zusetsu (Illustrated General Survey of the Three Countries). (Edo, Suharaya Shihei, in Temmei 5 or 1786 )
A banned and controversial work representing one of the earliest attempts to define Japan in terms of its outer boundaries. It represented a modern effort to distinguish Japan from the neighboring nations.
The book deals with Joseon Dynasty (Korea) and the Kingdom of #Ryukyu (Okinawa), and Ezo (Hokkaido) and the Ogasawara Islands (Bonin Islands).
When this work was initially published, c. 1785, the content was as controversial as it is today.
Hayashi Shihei was a #samurai of the Sendai clan issued in 1785 (Tenmei 5). The excellent book consisting of five maps and one text which detailed the custom of Korea, Ryukyu Kingdom, and Ezo country (#Hokkaido).
Shihei, who felt the nation's crisis due to the repeated arrival of foreign ships, had been began writing the "Kaikoku Heidan" which discussed the defense of the coast from the year after Sangoku Tsuran Zusetsu publication. There was no publisher who undertakes the publication of this work which can be interpreted as criticism of the Tokugawa shogunate, and this books was issued at Shihei's own account in 1787-1791. The following year, the Tokugawa shogunate evaluated the content of this book as a delusion, banned it in 1792 = Kansei 4, and decided the home arrest of Shihei further. Sangoku Tsuran Zusetsu also became a collateral victim of this banning and the woodblocks of two books were seized.
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