Handbook for Travellers in Japan – Including the Whole Empire from Yezo to Formosa
Completely fascinating. This digitized traveler’s handbook for Japan from 1903. The entire book is online for free from OpenLibrary.org.
I just started reading it and am already engrossed.
Did you know you can get to Japan in a mere 16 days from San Francisco? And with trains, domestic transportation has become much easier. There are even daily steamships from Yokohama to Kobe. I didn’t know that Shunbun no Hi (the vernal equinox) used to be called Shunki Koureisai. And I’m only up to page two.
Please check it out. It’s really a fascinating read. “Handbook for Travellers in Japan – Including the Whole Empire from Yezo to Formosa”.
I’m old enough to remember when Taiwan was called Formosa, but I didn’t realize it was ever part of the Japanese Empire. So I learned something just from the title!
I didn’t realize that either. Or that Hokkaido was once called Yezo. Every page in that book has really interesting information on it. I’ve even found Japanese grammatical forms that have disappeared.