The Mikado: Institution and Person

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Princeton University Press, 1915 - Japan - 346 pages

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Page 22 - Meiji, a fundamental law of State, to exhibit the principles, by which We are to be guided in Our conduct, and to point out to what Our descendants and Our subjects and their descendants are forever to conform.
Page 22 - Having, by virtue of the glories of Our Ancestors, ascended the Throne of a lineal succession unbroken for ages eternal; desiring to promote the welfare of, and to give development to the moral and intellectual faculties of Our beloved subjects, the very same that have been favoured with the benevolent care and affectionate vigilance of Our Ancestors; and hoping to maintain the prosperity of the State, in concert with Our people and with their support, We hereby promulgate...
Page 21 - Our other Imperial Ancestors. That we have been so fortunate in Our reign, in keeping with the tendency of the times, as to accomplish this work, We owe to the glorious Spirits of the Imperial Founder of Our House and of Our other Imperial Ancestors.
Page 152 - ... and for taking from those to whom punishment is due. Let the Imperial orders be issued for altering and remodelling the territories of the various clans. Let the civil and penal codes, the military laws down to the rules for uniform, and the construction of engines of war, all proceed from the Emperor ; let all the affairs of the empire great and small be referred to him.
Page 51 - A thousand years of happy life be thine! Live on, my lord, till what are pebbles now, By age united, to great rocks shall grow, Whose venerable sides the moss doth line!
Page 95 - The water placed in goblet, bowl or cup Changes its form to its receptacle ; And so our plastic souls take various shapes And characters of good or ill, to fit The good or evil in the friends we choose. Therefore be ever careful in your choice of friends, And let your special love be given to those Whose strength of character may prove the whip That drives you ever to fair Wisdom's goal.
Page 123 - Empire's ears and eyes to be turned in two different directions. The march of events has brought about a revolution, and the old system can no longer be obstinately persevered in. You should restore the governing power into the hands of the sovereign and so lay a foundation on which Japan may take its stand as the equal of all other countries. This is the most imperative duty of the present moment, and is the heartfelt prayer of Yodo. Your Highness is wise enough to take this advice into consideration...
Page 184 - Part of the plot was to burn Tokyo, carry back the Emperor to Kyoto, and change the whole system of government.
Page 104 - Wakasa no kami he has placed in confinement honour" able and loyal Court nobles. He has abused the influ" ence of the Bakufu in order to bring the Mikado's sister " to Yedo, and, worst of all, has commanded learned Japan" ese scholars to collect precedents for the deposition of " the Emperor, his intention being to depose the Son of
Page 244 - a combination of enterprises which, whatever their consequences, would have attracted a far greater attention and a more vivid interest than any previous event of modem times.

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