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Wakan Sansai Zue

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Wakan Sansai Zue

Sea lion (right) and fur seal, Wakan Sansai Zue, vol 38 p. 72, (ca. 1712).

The Wakan Sansai Zue (和漢三才図会, lit. "Illustrated Sino-Japanese Encyclopedia") is an illustrated Japanese leishu encyclopedia published in 1712 in the Edo period. It consists of 105 volumes in 81 books. Its compiler was Terashima or Terajima (Terajima Ryōan (寺島良安)), a doctor from Osaka. It describes and illustrates various activities of daily life, such as carpentry and fishing, as well as plants and animals, and constellations. As seen from the title of the book (和 (wa), which means Japan and 漢 (kan), which means China), Terajima's idea was based on a Chinese encyclopedia of the Ming times, namely Sancai Tuhui ("Pictorial..." or "Illustrated Compendium of the Three Powers") by Wang Qi (1607), known in Japan as the Sansai Zue (三才図会). Reproductions of the Wakan Sansai Zue are still in print in Japan.

External links

  • (Japanese) The images of the book are available in the Digital Library of the National Diet Library, Japan.
  • Samples on the human body from the Japanese encyclopedia
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