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Look Inside Japan: Its History, Traditions, and Religions

Japan: Its History, Traditions, and Religions
With the Narrative of a Visit in 1879

Volume 2


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108045698

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  • As Chief Constructor of the Royal Navy, Sir Edward Reed (1830–1906) oversaw the final move from wooden to ironclad ships. Upon resigning from the Navy in 1870 he designed warships for Germany, Chile, Brazil and Japan, and was invited to Japan in 1879 to advise its government on plans to strengthen its navy. Eleven years after the restoration of the monarchy, the country was embarking on a period of rapid industrial and military development. Published in 1880, and part history, part travel narrative, Reed's book gives a fascinating insight into Japan during a key period in her history and is an informal yet informed assessment of her people, customs, history and geography. Volume 2 is an account of Reed's travels, often in a rickshaw, around the country during his three-month stay. It includes his more personal observations, taken directly from his diary, of Japan's scenery, cities and people.

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108045698
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Our arrival in Japan. First impressions
    2. A month in the Eastern Capital
    3. Language and literature
    4. Drawing and painting
    5. Proverbs and phrases of the people
    6. The inland sea and Nagasaki
    7. The city of Osaka
    8. The sacred city of Nara
    9. Kioto, or Saikio, the Western Capital
    10. The sacred shrines of Isé
    11. Nagoya and the shrine of the sacred sword
    12. To Shidzuoka: the home of the Tokugawas
    13. Fuji-Yama and the Hakoné Mountains

  • Author

    Edward J. Reed

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