Author(s): T. Mozai
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 23, Number 4
Pages: 359 - 363
Cite this article: Mozai, T., "TWO CENTURIES OF NAUTICAL INSTRUMENTS IN JAPAN", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 23, No. 4, Winter 1976-1977, pp. 359-363.
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Abstract: As Japan had continued their national isolation for 215 years from 1639, like a shut shell, there was little development in the art of navigation during those periods, and even a relapse was found in some respects. In 1854, Japan opened the country at last, as a result of an active inducement by the U.S.A. The better part of the art of navigation in Japan developed after this year. During the age of her isolation, Japan had some contact with Holland and China through the limited port of Nagasaki. Through this narrow gate, Japan learned the western art of navigation from Holland till the opening the country. The result of this learning was proved by the voyage across the Pacific Ocean by KANRIN-MARU in 1860.