Category Archives: Japan

The Soiled Doves

Windows into Japan 9.  All this month we have been looking at some quotes from travel writers who visited Japan during the latter half of the 19th Century, after isolationism came to an end.  I hope this has been an … Continue reading

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The Japanese Home

Windows into Japan 8.  All this month we have been looking at some quotes from travel writers who visited Japan during the latter half of the 19th Century, after isolationism came to an end.  The following quote is from Japan … Continue reading

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Lovely Meal, Achy Back

Windows into Japan 7.  All this month we have been looking at some quotes from travel writers who visited Japan during the latter half of the 19th Century, after isolationism came to an end.  The following quote is from Jottings … Continue reading

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The Village of Babies

Windows into Japan 6.  All this month we have been looking at some quotes from travel writers who visited Japan during the latter half of the 19th Century, after isolationism came to an end.  The following quote is from Jottings … Continue reading

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Disaster Narrowly Averted

Windows into Japan 5. In an earlier article in this series we looked at how the arrival of Commodore Perry and his fleet of ships in 1853 brought an enforced end to Japanese isolationism.  From that point onwards, modernisation was … Continue reading

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Bustling Tokyo, 1878

Windows into Japan 4. Nowadays Tokyo is know for being a very busy city, but even in the 19th Century travellers from abroad were already remarking on the contrast between this highly populated city and the quiet rural areas of Japan.  … Continue reading

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Japanese Politeness

Windows into Japan 3. Last week I quoted from Anna D’a’s A Lady’s Visit to Manilla and Japan, published in 1863, as part of our themed Japanese month on Windows into History.  Before we move on to a different writer, let’s … Continue reading

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Mixed Bathing in Japan

Windows into Japan 2. Last time I quoted from Bayard Taylor’s journal of travels, in which he recounted the famous arrival of Commodore Perry and his fleet to Japan, which led to the end of isolationism. During his visit, Perry was … Continue reading

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The End of Isolation

Windows into Japan 1.  In 1853 a fleet of American ships commanded by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Japanese waters.  Up to this point Japan had managed to maintain an isolationist policy, keeping themselves separate from the Western world.  However, … Continue reading

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