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Map 16

Kisaburo Ohara, A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia, Tokyo, 1904
Kisaburo Ohara
A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia
Tokyo, 1904
Created during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) by a student at Keio University, this propaganda map presents a negative image of the Russian Empire. It is depicted as an over reaching “black octopus” extending its tentacles throughout Europe and Asia, with the other countries represented as human figures. Some countries like China thwart the attack, while others, including Persia and Tibet, are firmly in its grasp.

Labeled in both Japanese and English, the map is definitely pro-Japanese. The author portrays Japan as a battle-ready soldier facing the octopus with a gun in one hand and a flag in the other.

 

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