by any other name
Posted 12 January 2010 - 06:43 PM
邪馬台国 Xumataiguo (Chin.) Yamataigoku (Japanese.)
日本 Nippon, Nihon
However, I did not know Japan has been refered to as 扶桑 Fuso. A 'protective mulberry bush'. Found it interesting. John
Posted 12 January 2010 - 10:21 PM
Great readings also Janusz Skulski's books about Yamato, Takao and Fuso, Conway Maritime Press.
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 10:29 AM
I have some further references to names used to describe Japan:
Ashihara no Nakatsukuni 葦原中国
(Central Land of the Reed Plains)
(Great Country of Eight Islands)
Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:16 PM
I'm not sure if this is on topic but relates to the comments about the IJN Yamato etc above. 10-15 years ago I had some long chats with a former IJN officer visiting his granddaughter at school here in Australia, He was Lt. Com. Miyoshi...posted in 1944 to the newly built Shinano (the giant aircraft carrier). Miyoshi san was a gunnery specialist. On the shake-down cruise in the inland sea they got hit by US torpedoes...the Captain kept the engines at full speed. Miyoshi told me they went slowly down by the head...until after some hours steaming ahead at full (or high) speed, the flightdeck became awash. They ploughed under at great speed he said. Only 200 survivors. They were all immediately posted to the farthest corners of the Empire so they couldn't speak about the loss of the Shinano (sister ship to Yamato, Musashi). He ended the war in Hainan Island. The Nationalist Chinese aircraft landed at the airfield there and the Japanese surrendered to them. He put his sword on a pile of swords on the airfield...he couldn't remember the maker..."Kane someone he said". Miyoshi said he enjoyed talking to me about this...he was amazed that I knew all about Shinano etc and was sad such history was hidden in Japan. He said his name meant "3 luckys"...he was lucky in Love, Cards and survived the war...a nice bloke.
Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:57 PM
Posted 14 January 2010 - 08:04 AM
Akitsushima; The Island of the Dragonfly.
An ancient Japanese name for dragonfly is akitsu. According to legend the first emperor, Jinmu, was once bitten by a mosquito which was then promptly eaten by a passing dragonfly. This apparently led to the land being known as Akitsushima; The Island of the Dragonfly.
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:08 AM
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