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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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Blanched Bones or Human Life?

Snippets 211. When visiting a country such as Italy, with so much to take in of historical interest, it is perhaps all too easy to only have eyes for the ancient ruins and ignore everything else. The following inspirational quote is … Continue reading

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At One with Nature

Quick Quotes 34. Every so often on Windows into History I have quoted from the very entertaining and interesting A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir. Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, … Continue reading

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Generous and Humble Hospitality

Quick Quotes 33. The following quote is from Experiences of a Little Traveller, by Elisabeth Leonard Chapin, edited by her sister and published in 1898. Volo, Greece, May 28, 1891. I have just finished a most interesting trip of two … Continue reading

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Lost in a Swamp

Snippets 209. John Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, a key figure in the push for the establishment of National Parks in the USA. Today’s quote is taken from his account of A Thousand Mile … Continue reading

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Carrollean Misunderstandings

Windows into History… in Wonderland 7. We have a connecting theme this month: Lewis Carroll (Rev. Charles Dodgson) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  In 1867 Dodgson went on a tour of Europe with his friend Rev. Henry Liddon.  In Russia … Continue reading

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