Japan and the Japanese: From the Most Authentic and Reliable Sources

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J.P. Neagle, 1852 - Japan - 184 pages
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Page 172 - The interests of commerce, and even those of humanity, demand, however, that we should make another appeal to the sovereign of that country, in asking him to sell to our steamers, not the manufactures of his artisans, or the results of the toil of his husbandmen, but a gift of Providence, deposited, by the Creator of all things, in the depths of the Japanese islands for the benefit of the human family.
Page 173 - President, although fully aware of the great reluctance hitherto shown by the Japanese Government to enter into treaty stipulations with any foreign nation — a feeling which it is sincerely wished that you may be able to overcome — has thought it proper, in anticipation of this latter favorable contingency, to invest you with full power to negotiate and sign a treaty of amity and commerce between the United States and the empire of Japan.
Page 93 - The Lewchewans are a very small race- of people, the average height of the men not exceeding five feet two inches at the utmost. Almost the whole animal creation here is of diminutive size, but all excellent in their kind. Their bullocks seldom weighed more than...
Page 171 - Atlantic ocean to England, thence again to our happy shores, and other parts of this great continent; from our own ports to the southernmost part of the isthmus that connects the two western continents ; and from its Pacific coast, north and southwards, as far as civilization has spread, the steamers of other nations and of our own carry intelligence, the wealth of the world, and thousands of travellers. It is the President's opinion that steps should be taken at once to enable our enterprising merchants...
Page 145 - The tobacco from Nagasaki is very weak in taste and smell, perhaps the best, and of a bright brown colour. The tobacco from Sinday is very good, and was always given us to smoke. The Japanese manufacture tobacco so well, that though I was before no friend to smoking, and even when I was at Jamaica, could but seldom persuade myself to smoke an Havannah cigar, yet I smoked the Japanese tobacco very frequently, and with great pleasure.
Page 165 - Mikado that has ruled in Japan. Of all these gods of Sintoo mythology, none seem to be objects of great worship except the Sun Goddess ; and she is too great to be addressed in prayer, except through the mediation of the inferior Kami or of her lineal descendant, the Mikado. The Kami consists of 492 born gods, and 2,640 canonized or deified mortals. All these are mediatory spirits, and have temples dedicated to them.
Page 145 - I do not know how many species of this plant there are in nature, nor how many of them the Japanese have ; but I saw various kinds of prepared tobacco among them — from the most pleasant to the most disgusting. They cut both the good and the bad tobacco very small, as the Chinese do. In the manufacture of the better sort, they use eagi to moisten it, and sell it in papers which weigh about a Russian pound.
Page 42 - ... a rock, and by that means the egg rested upon it. The bull observing this egg, broke the shell of it by goring it with his horns, and so created the world, and by his breath formed the human species.
Page 172 - Yedo, his capital, in your flag-ship, accompanied by as many vessels of the squadron under your command as may conveniently be employed in this service. A Chinese translation of this letter will be furnished to you by the United States Legation at Canton, or sent to your anchorage at Hong Kong or Macao. At one of the latter places you will probably meet with a national vessel, detached by the commodore of the squadron in the Pacific, (as you will perceive by the enclosed copy of a correspondence...
Page 148 - The natural color of this juice is white, but it assumes any color by being mixed with it. The best varnish in Japan is usually black or red, and almost everything is so varnished ; but we saw also green, yellow, blue, and other varnish. In varnishing, they also imitate marble. The juice, when fresh, is poisonous, and very injurious to those who collect it, for which reason they employ various precautions ; but after it has stood for some time in the open air, it loses its poisonous quality. The...

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