Transformation during the construction of Lake Biwa Canal 1: Introduction

This series of articles will cover the transition of routes and functions of Lake Biwa Canal (LBC) during the design and construction process and examine urban development along the LBC. The Lake Biwa Canal, utilizing the latest technology of Meiji Period, was constructed in the 19th century by absorbing water from the Lake Biwa. Its construction technology reflected the local Japanese culture at that time [1].

[1] Tanabe Sakuro. 京都都市計画. 第1編: 琵琶湖疏水誌 [City Planning of Kyoto: Summary of the Lake Biwa Canal]. Tokyo: Maruzen Group, 1920.



2 Comments on “Transformation during the construction of Lake Biwa Canal 1: Introduction

  1. Interesting image. I could see the clear route of the canal. Maybe you could add some points to explain the standards or rules of making the route. It would be very informative to read the map along with some explanations. And the perspective used in the map is very special since perspective drawing is not normally seen in maps. Does it have any meanings?

  2. The image is understandable that shows the linkage of LBC and the urban construction. The information on the map represented in red are easy to read as well as evoking some other questions. It would be more interesting if there are more documents how Meiji period was influenced after the construction of LBC. Looking forward to see deeper images.

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