himitsu wrote:quite nice. I can`t draw anything except shapes and smilies.... (hmm, wonder if it`s enough for a comic..!?)
Jeimuzu wrote:More good stuff there square, I can agree with the second story but transplanted to the London Underground :)
himitsu wrote:Just a piece of advice, I`d make the reading order clearer
Jeimuzu wrote:That last bit, I always thought that Europe is centred on the map because of the Prime Meridian that goes through Greenwich.
TheModMan wrote:BTW Telephone numbers are the same in other countries as well. Group to individual. In Japan the first numbers are the area code, just like in other countries, and the next 3, are the locators within a city or district, and then the individual.
Maps were centered by who created them, and it's no wonder that Japan in central in maps made by Japanese, it seems foolish to think otherwise. While "outsiders" think it different it is not wrong by any means.
Who does Japan not consider to be the "west"? American's are considered to be westerners in Japan. The idea of east comes from the days of Columbus and other explorers searching for a path to the orient, and the term, misused in the US still sticks today.
Jeimuzu wrote:Tough crowd!
Just making sure you are earning your pay
square wrote:The Japanese seiyou is just as often oubei. But the standard word for "western" as an adjective is "you", which means ocean. So, seiyou means west (Europe) and ocean (America?). Not quite sure, it's hard to study Japanese etymology.
BeelzeBob wrote:Europe isn't even close to the center of any map I've ever seen!
Growing up in America, the United States was front and center of every map I had ever seen until I came to Japan.
Jeimuzu wrote:For anyone interested in how Greenwich got the Prime Meridian then clicky the following link.
Actually, maybe someone can explain something to me about localised Japanese maps. When I was doing my touristy visit last October I noticed that a lot of street maps actually had north pointing in other directions rather then what I consider to be the standard of north pointing upwards? Any reason for this?
BeelzeBob wrote:@ square
>Shocking to hear.... if you bisect Asia.
Here is what a map always looked like to me before I moved to Tokyo:
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