17524Re: Re: Re: Heisig's Method for Learning Kanji
- Jan 4, 2005
> From: Ii Saburou <logan@...>I seem to remember period Japanese didn't kiss like Westerners, chalk up
>E.g. 'To Kiss'--in Japanese you can say 'Kuchi(d)zukeru' but it is not the
>same as 'to kiss', and when used in the English sense I've most often seen
>the English ('kisu') used.
another one to corrupting Western influences ;) Most of our ancestors
would not understand many of our practices either. Hollywood, tourism
and everything else has radically changed the modern Japanese in a very
short period of time.
> From: Solveig <nostrand@...>Even afterwards. The current government had really lost the mandate of
>Greetings from Solveig! The Japanese were doing a very good job of nibbling
>away at China until the U.S. intervened in the late 1930's early 1940's.
> From: Solveig <nostrand@...>I agree, this is a very important reason. They really didn't do so badly
>Invading Korea and China was quite rational and a far better alternative
>than trying to follow the example of the Minamoto following the Genpei War.
>Basically, the Japanese had raised huge armies which expected loot. Not
>to mention the large number off defeated soldiers who needed someplace to
except that the Japanese naval forces stunk, this is not good for over
the water invasions.
>Remember the Iberians were there! The Japanese constructed fairly modernJapanese merchant vessels (at least to 1619) were limited to 250 koku
>(for the time) vessels toward the end of the sixteenth and the begining
>of the seventeenth centuries.
capacity (approx. 52.25 cubic meters). So probably about 30 feet (10
meters) long max. Adequate but not very impressive.
It is also known that at least one of the ships Will Adams constructed
for Ieyasu was of "more than 100 tons" (G. Sansom, _History of Japan,
1334-1615_, n. p. 403). A bit more impressive but later!
According to my book on Japanese Merchant Shipping, Date Masamune
(1566-1636) built a ship in his own fief to send to Rome. I suspect it
was at least a partial copy of Chinese/Korean or European vessels. It
apparently reached Mexico also! It was probably quite decent sized.
>From: Ii Saburou <logan@...>Especially for a folk who weren't really great sailors.
>If you look, there aren't easier pickings.
>Then Perry comes in his Black Ships and forcibly requires Japan to openIn a very short period of time too! In the mid 1880's they are about on
>its doors. Up and coming Japanese come to the realization that the world
>will come to them unless they learn to keep the world out, and they build
>up a Navy and Army that are able to dominate their section of the world,
>defeating both the Chinese and the Russians.
par with the US, which is less impressive than it sounds.
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