Launch of previous exhibition ‘Imagining Japan, 1570-1750’

Our previous exhibition was launched on Monday, the 14th of April 2014 by His Excellency, Mr Chihiro Atsumi, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland.


He and his wife first attended an opening public lecture by Dr Declan Downey of UCD on ‘First Impressions of Japan: Image and Reality’ which looked at early European representations of Japan and her people. 


Almost 100 people crammed  into the galleries in Marsh’s Library to see the exhibition, which included the beautiful hand-coloured Blaeu map of Japan (1662), and a 1587 map of Japan by Abraham Ortelius which is decorated with mermaids and sea monsters. 


The exhibition ran until October 2014 when it was replaced by the 2014-2015 exhibition ‘James Joyce: Apocalypse & Exile’.


Photo: Embassy of Japan

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