伊能忠敬という人を知っていますか?

「願望を一時も忘れずに心がけていれば、必ず成し遂げられる」

伊能忠敬という人は事業家として成功し
引退した55歳から17年かけて
日本中を歩いて距離を測り
精緻な地図を作りあげた人ですね。

完成したのは1821年です。

1821年というのは鎖国中の江戸時代ですね。

ペリーが来航して開国した1859年に
イギリスが測量船で日本地図を
作成しようとしましたが
彼らは当時から40年前に作られた
忠敬の地図を見て驚き
測量する必要はないと中止したそうです。

当時の北海道とか海岸線は殆ど道なき道です。
最初は歩幅、それから縄、鉄線で
寸法を測ったそうです。

そんなアナログな方法で日本中を測量して
現在の技術と変わらない精度で
日本地図をつくりあげたのが脅威です。


これが伊能忠敬の作った地図です。
緑色の現代の日本地図と重ねたものですが
ほとんど誤差がないですね!

55歳からでも情熱と好奇心があれば
ここまでやれるんだ!
こんな人生でありたい!
と思いました。

伊能忠敬のルーツは千葉県の香取市
佐原というところにあります。

江戸時代の街並みをそのまま残した
素敵すぎるところです。
伊能忠敬の旧家とか記念館もあります。


柳の木がいい風情です。


この川沿いの道が1キロくらい続きます。
観光案内とかお店もけっこうあります。


現役の宿です!


伊能忠敬が住んでいた家です。
中に入れます。


庭も歩けます。けっこう広いです。


川を往復する舟が出ています。


ご飯を食べるところもけっこうあります。
珍しい黒い蕎麦を食べました。
これは昆布の色だそうですが、ふつうにコシのある蕎麦でしたね。

興味がある方は是非足をはこんでみてください!

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