Tag Archives: Tokyo

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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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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Journals 9.2 – Seward’s Travels Around the World (Part 2)

This is the second part of my article on Seward’s journal.  For the first part, please see the entry posted on 2nd November 2015. On board a steamer across the Pacific to Japan, Seward had his first opportunity to make … Continue reading

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