Rare Days in Japan by George Trumbull LaddRare Days in Japan by George Trumbull Ladd

Rare Days in Japan

byGeorge Trumbull Ladd

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X HIKONE AND ITS PATRIOT MARTYR Among the feudal towns of Japan which can boast of a fine castle still standing, and of an illustrious lord as its former occupant, there are few that can rival Hikone. Picturesquely seated on a wooded hill close to the shores of Lake Biwa, with the blue waters and almost equally blue surrounding mountains in full sight, the castle enjoys the advantages of strength combined with beauty; while the lords of the castle are descended from a very ancient family, which was awarded its territory by the great Iyeyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, in return for the faithful services of their ancestor, Naomasa, in bringing the whole land under the Tokugawa rule. They therefore belonged to the rank of the Fudai Daimio, or Retainer Barons, from whom alone the Roju, or Senators, and other officers of the first class could be appointed. Of these lords of Hikone much the most distinguished was Naosuke, who signed the treaty with the United States negotiated in 1857 and 1858. And yet, so strange are the vicissitudes of history, and so influential the merely incidental occurrences in human affairs, that only a chance visit of the Mikado saved this fine feudal castle from the "general ruin of such buildings which accompanied the mania for all things European and the contempt of their national antiquities, whereby the Japanese were actuated during the past two decades of the present regime." Nor was it until recent years that Baron Ii Naosuke's memory has been rescued from the charge of being a traitor to his country and a disobedient subject of its Emperor, and elevated to a place of distinction and reverence, almost amounting to worship, as a clearsighted and far-seeing statesman and patriot. However we may regard the unre...
Title:Rare Days in JapanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217977790

ISBN - 13:9780217977791

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