Librarian Adam Lisbon shows how a 1700s map of Kyoto can be aligned with Google Maps.

300 Year Old Books Illuminate Japan’s Relationship with the Environment

April 24, 2018

Japan’s relationship with the environment is not as harmonious as many may believe. For one, the island nation’s susceptibility to earthquakes and tsunamis has long set a backdrop for an adversarial relationship with nature. Simultaneously, man made disasters like Minamata disease (mercury poisoning) challenge the idea of a people living...