A fascinating post World War II Japanese pictorial map of the world in Mercator projection. There are several vignettes throughout the map in kawaii style that are explained in Japanese. The lovely images, intended to illustrate the regional culture, show famous ancient and modern buildings and includes fruits, vegetables, medicine, farms, mines, precious stones, and other natural resources. Several animals found throughout the map that include kangaroo and ostrich in Australia, crocodiles, monkeys, elephants,tigers as well buffalos in North America.
A small vignette in the Pacific Ocean shows the Operation Crossroads, the nuclear weapon test conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. The very eye pleasing map was published in Tokyo by Ikuei Publishing in 1948 ca.