Japan In Our Day

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Page 235 - The Empire of Japan shall be reigned over and governed by a line of Emperors unbroken for ages eternal.
Page 2 - ... part to burn them. The former have a practice of putting one of these pearls into the mouth of the corpse. There are also found there a number of precious stones. ' Of so great celebrity was the wealth of this island, that a desire was excited in the breast of the grand khan Kublai, now reigning, to make the conquest of it, and to annex it to his dominions.
Page 235 - We, the Successor to the prosperous Throne of Our Predecessors, do humbly and solemnly swear to the Imperial Founder of Our House and to Our other Imperial Ancestors that, in pursuance of a great policy co-extensive with the Heavens and with the Earth, We shall maintain and secure from decline the ancient form of government.
Page 2 - ... and the windows also have golden ornaments. So vast, indeed, are the riches of the palace, that it is impossible to convey an idea of them. In this island there are pearls also in large quantities, of a red color, round in shape, and of great size ; equal in value to, or even exceeding, that of the white pearls.
Page 1 - They have gold in the greatest abundance, its sources being inexhaustible; but as the king does not allow of its being exported, few merchants visit the country, nor is it frequented by much shipping from other parts. To this circumstance we are to attribute the extraordinary richness of the sovereign's palace, according to what we are told by those who have access to the place. The entire roof is covered with a plating of gold, in the same manner as we cover houses, or more properly churches, with...
Page 24 - Next followed a boyretinue bearing packages containing my bedding, chairs, food, trunks, and packages containing presents; my cook and his following. The Vice-Governor of Shimoda followed, with his train ; then the Mayor of Kakizaki ; and lastly, the Private Secretary of the Governor of Shimoda. A Dutch interpreter was carried in a kago, in Mr.
Page 282 - ... their backs ; the children kite-flying; the traders sitting over their glowing charcoal braziers ; the hawkers of fish, dried radish, cakes, persimmons, toys, pipes, kites, and flags ; the coolies with their balanced loads ; the blind old samisen-players ; the Buddhist priests ; the pretty musmees, with their hair like black marble and pigeon feet; the imperturbable slit-eyed babies; the acquaintances meeting in the street and profusely bowing and saluting; the Japanese officers riding along,...
Page 1 - It is of considerable size; its inhabitants have fair complexions, are well made, and are civilized in their manners. Their religion is the worship of idols. They are independent of every foreign power, and governed only by their own kings. They have gold in the greatest abundance, its sources being inexhaustible, but as the king does not allow of its being exported, few merchants visit the country, nor is it frequented by much shipping from other parts.
Page 284 - Street," so named after the English sailor, Will Adams, who came here in the time of Shakespeare, married a Japanese wife, and grew to be a favorite of the emperor, and a great two-sworded Japanese nobleman. His letters from Japan, published by the Hakluyt Society, furnish the most delightful reading, being written in that large and quaint style which seemed to come naturally in "The spacious times of great Elizabeth.
Page 284 - ... married a Japanese wife, and grew to be a favorite of the emperor, and a great two-sworded Japanese nobleman. His letters from Japan, published by the Hakluyt Society, furnish the most delightful reading, being written in that large and quaint style which seemed to come naturally in "The spacious times of great Elizabeth." That the old navigator had well feathered his nest in Japan is clear, from an account given by another adventurer of his place of residence at Hemi, near Yokosuka. He there...

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