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Portrait of Norinaga
Perspective of Norinaga
Norinaga as a Doctor
Perspective of Norinaga

Norinaga loved maps and genealogy! From his boyhood he drew many kinds of them.
By drawing maps and genealogies, Norinaga was able to see the flow and expansion of time and space. This was the viewpoint of Norinaga the scholar.


Dainihon Tenka Shikaigazu (The Map of Japan)
Dainihon Tenka Shikaigazu   Norinaga drew this map of Japan at the age of 17. The size of this map is 120 centimeters high and 200 centimeters wide.
Maps around his time were so full of mistakes that he decided to draw a correct map. It was completed over about a month.

Rakugaisasizu (Map of the Kyoto Environs)
Rakugaisasizu   Norinaga drew this map of Kyoto at the age of 17. At the time he had a strong yearning to live in Kyoto.

Hashihara-shi Joukaezu (Drawing of Hashihara-shi's Castle Town)
Hashihara-shi Joukaezu
Norinaga drew this imaginary town map at the age of 19.
It seems that he saw drawing out his imagination on a map as a sort of game. Basically, this omposition is in the shape of the capital city of Kyoto.
Turning this figure 90 degrees clockwise reveals the reference to Kyoto. You can see just how much Norinaga longed to live in Kyoto. He also wrote the family tree of the imaginary man Hashihara-shi who lives in this town.

Hashiharashi-keizu (Hashihara-shi Family Tree)
Saiseiroku (Medical Record)
  This is a fictional genealogy of Hasihara-shi.
Its members lived in the capital of Norinaga's imaginary "Drawing of Hashihara-shi's Castle Town. "The name of the era and the people are fictional, but there are no contradictions in any of the information itself.

The Chart of Kyoto
Saiseiroku (Medical Record)
  Norinaga drew this map of Kyoto at the age of 23.
He studied in Kyoto for five years from age 23, but he drew this map before moving there.
When you turn this map 90 degrees clockwise and compare it with the map of the Hashihara-shi's Castle Town, you can see that he was referring to the map of Kyoto.