Map by J G Scheuchzer showing (centre) the palace of the Shogun, where emisaries from the Dutch trading post came to pay tribute every four years. The margins contain the arms of noble houses, who had to be in attendance in Edo for part of the year. 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. On his return to Europe he wrote 'The History of Japan', which records many aspects of Japan in the Genroku period (1688- 1704).
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