17th-18th Century Transformation of the Japanese Archipelago

This little article will be a continuation of the geographical metamorphosis which occurred in the very recent past. The previous two articles were:
This time we will take a look at the just as bizarre of a transformation of the Japanese Archipelago. Let's see what the official version has to offer, "Around 23 million years ago, the now Western Japan was a coastal region of the Eurasia continent. The subducting plates, being deeper than the Eurasian plate, pulled parts of Japan which become modern Chūgoku region and Kyushu eastward, opening the Sea of Japan (simultaneously with the Sea of Okhotsk) around 15-20 million years ago, with likely freshwater lake state before the sea has rushed in. Around 16 million years ago, in Miocene period, a peninsula attached to the eastern coast of the Eurasian continent was well formed. About 11 million years before present, the parts of Japan which become modern Tōhoku and Hokkaido were gradually uplifted from the seafloor, and terranes of Chūbu region were gradually accreted from the colliding island chains. The Strait of Tartary and the Korea Strait opened much later, about 2 million years ago. At the same time, a severe subduction of Fossa Magna graben have formed the Kantō Plain."

Japanese Archipelago 20,000 years ago
at the Last Glacial Maximum

Vegetated land (yellow) - Unvegetated land (white)​

You have to love our contemporary science: 20 million years ago, 16, 12, 2 million .... 20,000 years ago. How do they know all those things when they clearly have no clue what was happening in this area just 200 years ago. Are they trying to mislead the world population on purpose. If so, what could their agenda be? On the other hand if you push something 20 mil years back, a few will question anything. After all they know better.

This is becoming pretty comical in light of all the other historical shenanigans, and inconsistencies. The only sad part is that our contemporary scientists have no respect for their own predecessors. I personally think that this disregard for the wisdom exists on purpose, and due to whatever agenda.

If the cartographers of the past were as messed up as we are lead to believe, than how could they produce maps as accurate as this: Aerial view map of Villa Adriana by Battista Piranesi. How were those maps used for navigation? Unfortunately, our contemporary pseudo-scientists achieved their goal of convincing everybody, that ancient maps were, more or less, for decoration purposes.

Clearly, the map makers of the past knew their trade. Well, let us see what the islands of Japan looked like a few hundred years ago.

Additional attention could be paid to the city names in Japan of the 16th and 17th century: Dinlai, Homi, Amaguco, Hormar, Mazacar, Reix Magos, Lequis Maior, Bandu, Tonza, Menlai - have you ever heard about Japanese cities, or towns like that? Only Cangoxina sounds somewhat close to Kagoshima. What happened to those municipalities?

IAPAN by Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598
1570 - Map Name: Indiae Orientalis
1570 - Indiae Orientalis.jpg

IAPAN by Rosaccio, Giuseppe and Ruscelli, Girolamo
1599 - Map Name: Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio
1599 - Orbis Terrae Compendiosa.jpg

IAPAN by Mariette, Pierre-Jean, 1603-1657, and Hondius, Jodocus
1642 - Map Name: Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula
1642 - Hondius-Jodocus.jpg

IAPAN by Speed, John
1651 - Map Name: New and Accurat Map of the World
1651 - New and Accurate Map of the World.jpg

IAPAN by Visscher, Claes Jansz
1652 - Map Name : Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis geographica ac hydrographica tabula
1652 Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis geographica ac hydrographica tabula.jpg

NIPHON by Fer, Nicolas de, 1646-1720
1705 - Map Name: La Partie Orientale de l'Asie ou se trouvent Le Grand Empire des Tartares Chinois et celuy du Japon.
1705 - La Partie Orientale de l'Asie ou se trouvent Le Grand Empire des Tartares Chinois et ce...jpg

IAPAN by Jaillot, Alexis Hubert, 1632-1712
1706 - Map Name: Mappe-Monde Geo-Hydrographique
1706 - Mappe-Monde Geo-Hydrographique.jpg

JAPANIA REGNUM by Homann, Johann Baptist, 1663-1724
1739 - Map Name: Imperii Russici et Tatariae Universae
1739 - Imperii Russici et Tatariae Universae.jpg

JAPON by Buache, Philippe, 1700-1773
1754 - Map Name: Carte du Royaume et des isles de Lieou-Kieou
1754 - Carte du Royaume et des isles de Lieou-Kieou.jpg

Isles du Japon by Raynal, G.T. and Bonne, R.
1780 - Map Name: Carte de l'Empire de la Chine
1780 - Carte de l'Empire de la Chine.jpg

Empire of Japan by Robert Laurie & James Whittle
1794 - Map Name: Japan, Korea
1794 - Japan, Korea.jpg

* * * this BIZARRE map * * *
around 1804 we get our well known lay out of Japan

JAPAN by Arrowsmith, Aaron
1804 - Map Name: Japan
1804 - Japan.jpg

JAPAN by Pinkerton, John, 1758-1826
1809 - Map Name: Japan
1809 - Japan.jpg


Above is the 200 year transition of the Japanese Archipelago, during which none of the "ancient" cartographers noticed that the layout of Japan was very much different from what they were depicting. Not a single seafarer corrected the tremendous layout errors. Of course, when the 19th century came about, our civilization suddenly figured out that they had it all wrong.

Marco Polo and Japan

Marco Polo was the first European to write about Japan. It is unlikely that he visited Japan [this is how our contemporary pseudo-scientists speculate and discredit]. Most likely his accounts are based on what he heard about Japan in China and from sailors he met. in the latter half of the 13th century Marco Polo, a man from Venice, Italy, wrote a book entitled The Description of the World:in which he introduced the country of Japan to the Western world as Jipang. or Cipungu, “the land of gold." His book was mostly a collection of his experiences and information about his journey through central Asia and China.

In 1299 Marco Polo wrote in The Description of the World: “I tell you that this palace is of... unmeasured wealth." Its roof is sheathed in gold “in such a way as we cover our house with lead." Even the floors are gold, “more indeed than two fingers thick. And all the other parts of the palace and the halls and windows are likewise adorned with gold." Waters of the coast yield “red pearls — very beautiful and round and large."

Marco Polo wrote that Japanese fashion their idols "in a variety of shapes, some of them having the heads of oxen, some of swine, goats and many other animals. Some exhibit the appearance...of three heads, one of them in its proper place, and one upon each shoulder...The various ceremonies practiced before these idols are so wicked and diabolical that it would be nothing less than an abominations to give an account of them...Putting their prisoners to death they cook and eat the body, in a convivial manner, asserting that human flesh is above others in the excellence of its flavor."

The Sea of Japan Marco Polo wrote "contains no fewer than seven thousand four hundred and forty four islands, mostly inhabited. It is said that of the trees which grow in them, there are none that do not yield a fragrant smell. They produce many spices and drugs, particularly lignum-aloes and pepper, in great abundance, both white and black. It is impossible to estimate the value of the gold and other articles found on the island, but their distance from the continent is so great, and the navigation attended with so much trouble and inconvenience, that the vessels engaged in the trade...do not reap large profits."

Gold Finds Throughout the Years in Japan
Today we know, that Japan has crumbs for Gold.
Japan has always been lacking in minerals and precious resources that were needed to grow its blossoming economy over the years. There has never been much in the way of large scale mining that took place there in terms of gold or other important minerals.

Despite any economically important deposits, gold has been found there on a smaller scale throughout the years since it was first discovered way back in the 13th century. Most of this gold came from only one of three places in the country.

Sado Kinzan Gold Mine (source) gold mine had been active from the 1600’s all the way through until 1980. For many of those years it was the only active gold mine in Japan and was a considerable operation for that time. The mine is located in Niigata Prefecture. Total production for this mine is an estimated 78 tons of gold and 2,300 tons of silver. This was extracted from 15-million tons of ore. The depths of the mine tunnels go as far as 800 meters below the surface, and there are believed to be around 400 kilometers of mine tunnels. There used to be two additional mines: Toi, and Konomai, but they produced very insignificant amounts of gold.

The transformation of the Japanese Archipelago between 1600 and 1800 is consistent with the other layout changes happening in the world around the same time frame. This is the third article I did on the topic. There will be a few more coming.

Tiny Summary: whatever happened, shredded Japan to pieces. Whatever wealth and gold was witnessed by Marco Polo perished in the cataclysm, which changed the Island of Iapan forever. Whatever emperors used to rule Japan, were ruling it no more. And those Emperors looked nothing like the Japanese of today.

1690 - Empereur du Japon
by Nicolas de Larmessin
1690 - Nicolas de Larmessin.Xogun, empereur du Japon.jpg

1719 - Emp du Japon
by Manesson Mallet


Somehow the above Japanese Royalty resembles their kin from North America, and Tartaria way to much. I wonder why? The similarity does not end with physical resemblance only. Somehow, neither of the Empires (Iapon, North American Kingoms, and Tartaria) survived the era of colonization.

Add to it a few Japanese buildings like this, and we have a full picture of our confusing history.


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