The Mikado's Empire

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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781143790430
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 2/4/2010
  • Pages: 658
  • Product dimensions: 9.69 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 1.32 (d)

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LL THE ABORIGINES In seeking the origin of the Japanese people, we must take into consideration the geographical position of their island chain, with reference to its proximity to the main-land, and its situation in the ocean currents. Japanese traditions and history may have much to tell us concerning the present people of Japan—whether they are exclusively an indigenous race, or the composite of several ethnic stocks. From a study, however imperfect, of the language, physiognomy, and bodily characteristics, survivals of ancient culture, historic geology, and the relics of man's struggle with nature in the early ages, and of the actual varieties of mankind now included within the mikado's dominions,! we may learn much of the ancestors of the present Japanese. The horns of the crescent - shaped chain of Dai Nippon approach the Asiatic continent at the southern end of Corea and at Siberia. Nearly the whole of Saghalin is within easy reach of the continent by canoe. At the point called Norato, a little north of the fifty-second parallel, the opposite shore, but five miles distant, is easily seen. The water is here so shallow that junks can not cross it at low tide. After long prevalent favorable winds, the ground is left dry, and the I use the term "aborigines" for the sake of convenience, being by no means absolutely sure that those I so designate were the first people in situ. It has been conjectured and held by some native scholars that there was in Japan a pre- A i ii. i civilization; though of this there is scarcely a shadow of proof, as there is proof for an ancient Malay civilization higher thun the present condition of the Malays. By the term "aborigines" I mean thepeople found on the soil at the dawn of history. t In compiling this chapter I have used, in a...
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