Taku

1988 XB5. Discovered 1988 Dec. 5 by T. Nakamura at Kiso.

Named in memory of Hiroshi Nakamura (18911974), Japanese medical biochemist and researcher of old maps. He was often called Taku, since the Chinese character representing his first name can also be pronounced as Taku. He is well-known in the community of historical cartography as twice the winner of the Imago Mundi prize, awarded by the authoritative international journal on old maps. Taku was a long-time member of the editorial board of this journal. He wrote several important books and papers on far-east Asian maps of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He showed that, contrary to Western understanding, European sea charts and maps of far-east Asia then being made were largely influenced by the knowledge of contemporary Japanese and Chinese sailors. (M 34354)

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