One of the largest maps in the Library is the Tokaido bunken-ezu, a 117-foot, 17th-century Japanese map painted on two scrolls. It shows, in pen-and-ink detail, the rivers, mountains, forests and towns on the 319-mile route from Edo (now known as Tokyo) to Kyoto.
Jessica Tang, a library technician in the Asian Division, answers questions about her work and her hobbies -- the latter including writing historical fiction, letterboxing and playing as a clarinetist and fifer in the U.S. Army's 29th Infantry Division Band.
China's colossal Yongle encyclopedia, published in the 15th century, comprised 22,937 hand-copied sections bound into 11,095 volumes. It was intended to comprise all knowledge available to Chinese civilizations.