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Information Literary Resources: Geography Exercises

Geography Exercises

Kristina Kade Troost, PhD Librarian for Japan and Korea
Perkins Library, Duke University
Last Update: 05/22/02

  1. Take a place in Japan which you know well or which interests you (Tokyo is so large that if you choose it, you will need to choose a section of it) and find out everything you can about it, its history before 1868, its development in the prewar era, its wartime experience, its present situation. Use:
    1. Kadokawa Nihon chimei jiten 角川日本地名辞典
      EA Ref: 915.2003 K11 1978
    2. Nihon zushi taikei. 日本図誌体系。
      EA Ref: 912.52 qN691
    3. Nihon toshi sensai chizu. 日本都市戦災地図
      EA Ref Folio: f940.5352 N691 1983
    4. Nihon bunken chizu chimei soran 1993 : kokyo kikan, chikeizu sakuin, jidosha rosen eigyo kiroteizu. 日本分県地図地名総覧1993:公共機関地系図索引、自動車路線営業キロ程図。 EA Ref: 912.52 N691 1992 -- see earlier editions as well
    5. Meiji Taisho Nihon toshi chizu shusei. 明治大正日本都市地図集成 EA Ref Folio: 912.52 M512, 1986
    6. Showa zenki Nihon toshi chizu shusei. 昭和前期日本都市地図集成 EA Ref Folio: 912.52 S559, 1986
    7. See other atlases if relevant (esp. for Tokyo) http://www.lib.duke.edu/ias/eac/geography.html#atlas
  2. How much travel information can you find on the web for Japan?
    1. See http://www.lib.duke.edu/ias/eac/jpntravel.htm
    2. Compare Jalan: Recreation, Travel and Sightseeing Information (in Japanese) http://www.isize.com/travel/ with Travel and Sightseeing Information
      http://web.kyoto–inet.or.jp/people/harunobu/travel.html and a site for foreign tourists maintained by the Japanese National Tourist Organization http://www.jnto.go.jp/
    3. Look at the web site maintained by the Kokudo Chiriin http://www.gsi.go.jp/ Compare it to US Geological Survey http://www.usgs.gov/. Do they have different missions?
  3. How do you read the following address: 練馬区向山
    hint: try using Nihon bunken chizu chimei sōran
  4. Look through Nihon shuyo chizu shusei : Meiji kara gendai made 日本主要地図集成:明治から現代まで
    EAC: 016.91252 N691, 1995 (I will put it in EA ref temporarily).
    Consider format, use of color, the purposes of mapping. You may want to look at Isles of Gold : Antique Maps of Japan, PL: q912.52 C827 I82 1983 or "Cartography in Japan" by Unno Kazutaka, in Cartography in the Traditional East and Southeast Asian Societies, The History of Cartography, vol. 2, PL: 526.09 H673, 1987
  5. Reading place names:
    1. Old place names: look at Chimei reddo deta bukku = Red Data Gazetteer of Japan. 地名レッドデータブック。 EA Ref: 915.2003 K16 C538 1994
      1. How many old readings are there for 上野
    2. Current place names: Shin Nihon chimei sakuin = New Index Gazetteer of Japan. 新日本地名索引。3v.
      EA Ref: 915.2003 K16 S556 1993 Based on current 1:25,000 maps. Includes over 1 million place names. Volume One is arranged by reading (gojuon); Volumes Two and Three are arranged by Chinese characters.
      1. How many readings can you find for 日向. What are they?
      2. How do you read 間人? 及位?

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