Map of Nagasaki, 1750, by Guillaume Dheulland
The trash can of my mind
Japanese world map, early XIXth century (from the Library of Congress). Quite remarkable is the exaggerated size of Japan, in the center of the map; also, the illustrated guide to foreign people that accompanies the map. I’m curious about the legend, since I don’t read Japanese.
Japanese subway poster, from the retronaut
The most alien feature of this poster, to European eyes, is that Mary’s clothes are red. In Europe, Mary wears blue, always, without exceptions; actually blue has even be defined for a long time as the color of Mary, as outlined by Michel Pastoureau in his magnificent book, Blue.
Now the question is, why did the Japanese artist chose red?