Map of the road between Osaka and Hamamatsu, Japan, c 1690.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Engraving by Hulett after Scheuchzer of the route along which the Dutch tributary misions travelled to the Shogun in Edo (now known as Tokyo). From 'The History of Japan' (1727) by Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716). Kaempfer was a German physician working at the Dutch trading post in Japan from 1690-1692. He asembled a large collection which has ended up at the British Museum. On his return to Europe he wrote 'The History of Japan', which records many aspects of Japan in the Genroku period (1688-1704).