Zipangu


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Zipangu

(zɪˈpæŋɡuː)
n
(European Myth & Legend) Marco Polo's name for Cipango
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Marco Polo had seen the inhabitants of Zipangu place rose-coloured pearls in the mouths of the dead.
For modern Japanese with stunning views, try Zipangu, on the 47th floor of the Caretta Shiodome building in Minato-ku.
In addition, Zipangu (a name for Japan used on maps both before and after 1525) is renamed on our map Solol, a name only used in Maximilianus Transylvanus' booklet of January 1523 and nowhere else.
On the earliest globe known (1492), "el Mar Oceano" is filled with Zipangu and mythical islands.
The oldest (manuscript) map known to show Zipangu is the 1459 Fra Mauro world map.
Of eminent importance to the dating of our map is the fact that Zipangu is on every map that shows the Pacific from the early 1500 onwards (Behaim globe, 1492; Waldseemuller map & globe, 1507; Ruysch, 1508; Sylvanus Ptolemy, 1511; Schoner globe, 1515; Reisch, 1515; Waldseemuller, 1513/1520; Fries, 1522; Apian, 1520; and on all later globes and maps that show the Pacific) but not on our map.
Investigative sources said Takayuki Morita, 39, who runs the car dealer Zipangu, and four others were arrested on suspicion of violating the customs law.
Taken from aback, Zipangu and Zion; and underneath the photographs such confidence: Not a single future written off to buzzbombs.