Famously closed to most foreign contact from the 1620s through the 1850s, early modern Japanese nevertheless had a great curiosity about cultures and events beyond their shores, and fed this interest through limited exchange with the Chinese and Dutch at the port of Nagasaki. This collection of books and maps from the Rare and Manuscript Collection of Cornell University Library includes materials on Dutch learning; the introduction, prohibition and re-introduction of Christianity in Japan; Japan’s late 16th century war with Korea; depiction of events in 19th century China; and the clash of cultures when Japan was opened for international trade.