The Luchu Islands and Their Inhabitants
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This three part article has been extracted from bound editions (softcover monthly are hardbound yearly) of Geographical Journal, Volume 5, 1895. The Geographical Journal is a publication of The Royal Geographical Society, London. The printer for the hardback volume is William Clowes and Sons, Limited, London.
Basil Chamberlain was the grandson of Captain Basil Hall who visited Okinawa in 1816. At the time of writing this article he was a Emeritus Professor of Japanese and Philology in the Imperial University of Japan. This article is a fascinating snap shot of Okinawa approximately forty years after Perry's visit.
Chamberlain notes that throughout his visit he found the Luchan's had a favorable impression of foreign visitors with one exception. That was Commodore Perry of which Chamberlain noted:
...the account he himself gives of his haughty and masterful conduct, of his violent threats, and contemptuous disregard for international law and courtesy, renders it scant matter of surprise that even Luchuan patience should have been exhausted, and that the islanders should have resorted to deceit, which is the only weapon the weak have at their disposal against the strong. The blustering Commodore's virtuous indignation at the employment of this weapon against no less august a personage than himself, makes most amusing reading by reason of its unconscious satire. (at page 319)
The author's syllabus of the article:
I. Introductory Remarks. (Volume 5, No. 4)
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(all in Volume 5, No. 4)
The Palace at Shuri
Naze Port, Oshima
"Common People" of Napa (Naha)
List of Illustrations. (Volume 5, No. 5 & 6)
1. Tattooed Hands.
List of Tables:
1. Census taken on December 31, 1891. * (Volume 5, No. 4)
*Nafa (Naha) was a town of 7,726 houses with a population of 26,896 while Nakagami had 21,633 houses and a population of 21,633.