Written by a doctor of Tokugawa Shogunate, Katsuragawa Hoshu, based on accounts of Daikokuya Kodayu who came back to Japan in 4th year of Kan'ei (1792) with Adam Laksman, a Russian envoy, and were presented to Tokugawa Shogunate in 1794. The records depict activities of Kodayu while he stayed in Russia for about 10 years after drifting ashore in Russia in the second year of Tenmei (1782), as well as geography, history, industry, customs and other topics in 12 volumes In addition to the ten maps, utensils and clothes brought back by Kodayu were drawn in color and are compiled into two scrolls. Designated as National Important Cultural Properties of Japan in the 5th year of Heisei (1993).
Original size:66.8cm and 117.6cm
Original size:52cm and 72cm
Original size:26cm and 50.8cm
Entire land of Russia is divided into eight. Rulers are written for individual areas.
Original size: 17.6cm and 208.8cm.
Streets of Petersburg, then capital of Russia. Symbols such as Japanese kana characters are written on major buildings including the palace and names of these buildings are written outside of the map.
Original size: 52cm and 72cm.
The map is captioned "Map of entire Japan prepared in 1786," but is said copy of a map of Japan published in 1679.
Original size: 47.2cm and 72cm.
Daikokuya Kodayu was reported well treated by Ekaterina II (1762 - 1796). A wall painting illustrating Ekaterina II, clock, microscope and other items are copied in detail.
Original size: Length 1378cm and width 29cm.
Russian names are written on copied clothes from a hat to shoes and socks such as Kanzoro (undergarment) and Shitanoi (pleated skirt).
Original size: Length 1603cm and width 29cm.