This map of Japan circa 1172 CE represent the fictional world of Katherine M. Lawrence’s Yamabuki books, but are rooted in actual geography and the historical record.

Actual maps of Japan during the Heian era are practically nonexistent. Rather than use one of the almost abstract ancient maps made by European explorers, I used modern maps in the public domain as a reference for hand-drawing the archipelago, including the coastlines and topography. In some cases, the features vary from modern times because of volcanic activity in the intervening centuries.

Most of the prefectures, cities, and towns are drawn from the historical record, but some parts were invented for the fictional story.

The maps appear in grayscale in the print books, but will render in color for ebook reading on color devices.

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