Japan // Nippon Map // 日本国
One of my first surprises about exploring Japan was its size - I thought of it as a small "J" shaped island on the other side of the world from me. Little did I realize that it's the size of the US's eastern seaboard! The northern islands border Russia and the southern island chain runs neatly into Taiwan.
This illustrated map highlights the geological features of the country, highlighting all 47 prefectures, the four main islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku, as well as the island chains of Ryukyu, Izu-Shote and Okinawa. Major cities are identified, like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Sapporo and Nara.
During my visit, I had so much fun looking for a hanko chop at a stationery store. With the guidance of my Japanese friend, I picked out a cheeky stamp that roughly translates to "Person, I see" - a joke about my funny last name!
This is an archival print on high-quality watercolor paper. Watermark is not included in the actual print.