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The Bear-Worshippers of Yezo and the Island of Karafuto Saghalin

Or the Adventures of the Jewett Family and Their Friend Oto Nambo (Classic Reprint)



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The Bear-Worshippers of Yezo and the Island of Karafuto Saghalin by Edward Greey
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Excerpt from The Bear-Worshippers of Yezo and the Island of Karafuto Saghalin: Or the Adventures of the Jewett Family and Their Friend Oto Nambo In "Young Americans in Japan," I gave some account of the southern parts of the empire; and, in "The Wonderful City of Tokio," described the various sights, and the arts and manufactures, for which the capital is famous. The present volume, the last of the series, is devoted to the manners and customs of the bear-worshippers of Yezo, and of the five tribes inhabiting Karafuto (Saghalin). When I first visited the latter island, in 1853, it was a portion of the Empire of Japan; but in 1875 it was ceded to Russia, in exchange for the Chishima (Kurile) Islands. I spent nearly a year cruising in the northern waters, and during that time became well acquainted with the people of Karafuto and Yezo; on one occasion travelling with a boat's crew from Soya to Hakodate, and being the guest of the fierce-visaged but gentle savages. Since then Russia has made a penal settlement of Karafuto, and two-thirds of the natives have nominally become Christians. When I was in Japan, last summer, I made the acquaintance of His Excellency Kunemichi Kitagaki, the governor of Saikio (Kioto), who was for some years an official in the Kaitakushi (Department of Development) of the Hokkaido (North Sea Circuit). From him I learned many interesting particulars relating to the progress made by the Ainos in agriculture, etc.; and I have his authority for stating that the natives who left Karafuto when the island was ceded to Russia, and who have settled in Sapporo, were not compelled to quit their native land, but elected to do so rather than change their nationality. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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September 27th, 2015
Country of Publication
United States
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