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The Explorer Sven Hedin and Kyoto University
The Explorer Sven Hedin and Kyoto University

The Explorer Sven Hedin and Kyoto University

Photographs By Kenei Sato, Edited by Kazuko Tanaka


272 Pages, 9 x 11.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $99.95 (US $99.95) (CA $134.95)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781925608892

Rights: US & CA

Trans Pacific Press (Jun 2019)

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A chance discovery of sixty-odd works of art in a filing cabinet in Kyoto University's Department of Geography in 2014 triggered an investigation which soon morphed into a multi-disciplinary research project seeking to understand their origins and significance. The works were reproductions of sketches, watercolors, and maps produced by the Swedish explorer Sven Hedin, who had visited Kyoto in 1908, immediately after completing his third expedition exploring Central Asia. Through these works Hedin had recorded the people, temples, and landscapes of Tibet. But how they came to be reproduced, and what these reproductions were doing in Kyoto remains a mystery. Section I presents the sixty reproductions of Hedin's work, alongside the originals, where possible, as well as contemporary photographs of the sites Hedin had depicted. Section II focuses on Hedin's visit to Kyoto with a view to understanding the exchanges of ideas and values between the esteemed guest and his Japanese hosts and interlocutors, as well as investigating the mysteries surrounding the story of the reproductions.

Author Biography

Photographer. Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University. Specializing in human geography.