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The Wakan Sansai Zue (和漢三才図会, lit. "Illustrated Sino-Japanese Encyclopedia") is an illustrated Japanese leishu encyclopedia published in 1712 in the Edo period. It consists of 105 volumes in 81 books. Its compiler was Terashima or Terajima (Terajima Ryōan (寺島良安)), a doctor from Osaka. It describes and illustrates various activities of daily life, such as carpentry and fishing, as well as plants and animals, and constellations. It depicts the people of "different/strange lands" (ikoku) and "outer barbarian peoples". As seen from the title of the book (wa 和, which means Japan, and kan 漢, which means China), Terajima's idea was based on a Chinese encyclopedia, specifically the Ming work Sancai Tuhui ("Pictorial..." or "Illustrated Compendium of the Three Powers") by Wang Qi (1607), known in Japan as the Sansai Zue (三才図会). Reproductions of the Wakan Sansai Zue are still in print in Japan.
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- (in Japanese) Scans of the pages are available in the Digital Library of the National Diet Library, Japan.
- Samples on the human body from the Japanese encyclopedia at the Wayback Machine (archived 2007-06-12)
- Scans of copies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are available at the Internet Archive: volumes 1-8, 9-15, 16-36, 37-47, 48-60, 66-72, 72-77, 78-87, 88-95, 96-105 with index.