Japan: An Account, Geographical and Historical (Google eBook)

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S. Andrus & son, 1856 - Japan - 365 pages
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Page 50 - So long as the sun shall warm the earth, let no Christian be so bold as to come to Japan ; and let all know, that the King of Spain himself, or the Christians' God, or the great God of all, if he violate this command, shall pay for it with his head.
Page 101 - ... kneeling, he bowed his forehead quite down to the ground, and so crawled backwards like a crab, without uttering one single word. So mean and short a thing is the audience we have of this mighty monarch.
Page 312 - Asiatique ; pr&edes d'une explication des syllabaires Japonais, et de deux planches contenant les signes de ces syllabaires ; par M. Abel Remusat. Ouvrage publie
Page 160 - Zipangu came over with a large force, in numerous boats, in order to make prisoners of the shipwrecked Tartars, and having landed, proceeded in search of them ; but in a straggling, disorderly manner. The Tartars, on their part, acted with prudent circumspection, and being concealed from view by some high land in the centre of the island, whilst the enemy were hurrying in pursuit of them by one road, made a circuit of the coast by another, which brought them to the place where the fleet of boats...
Page 159 - ... coast of Zipangu. The other ships, which, not being so near to the land, did not suffer from the storm, and in which the two chiefs were embarked, together with the principal officers, or those whose rank entitled them to command a hundred thousand or ten thousand men, directed their course homewards, and returned to the Grand Khan. Those of the Tartars who remained upon the...
Page 250 - Their horses are not tall, but of the size of our middling nags, short and well trussed, small headed, and full of mettle, in my opinion far excelling the Spanish jennet in pride and stomach.
Page 351 - There was great danger in endeavoring to escape before the wind, and in the same direction with the fire ; we therefore took a slanting direction through a street already burning, and thus succeeded, by following the flames, in gaining an open field. It was studded all over with the standards of princes, whose palaces had been destroyed, and whose wives and children had fled thither for refuge. We followed their example, and marked out a spot with our Dutch flags, which we had used on our journey....
Page 159 - It happened after some time that a north wind began to blow with great force, and the ships of the Tartars, which lay near the shore of the island., were driven foul of each other. It was determined thereupon, in a council of the officers on board, that they ought to disengage themselves from the land ; and accordingly j as soon as the troops were re-embarked, they stood out to sea.
Page 82 - ... who had been ordered by Admiral Drury, the head of our fleets in the Eastern Seas, to cruise off the Japanese Islands, for the purpose of intercepting the Dutch traders to Nagasaki. We were at war with Holland, which for some years had been a mere dependency of France. Her troops were fighting in the armies of Bonaparte, her ships were conveying his troops and stores, and her war-ships and privateers were doing us all the mischief they could. After cruising in vain for a month in...
Page 355 - Japanese are extremely fond of reading ; even the common soldiers when on duty arc continually engaged with books. This passion for literature, however, proved somewhat inconvenient to us, as they always read aloud, in a tone of voice resembling singing; much in the same style in which the psalms are read at funerals in Russia.

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