Contains: Ansons Voyage Round the World; Kaempfers Account of Japan; Stephens Travels in Egypt, Arabia, and the Holy Land; Stephens Travels in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland; the Muntiny of the Bounty by Lieutenant W. Bligh. A Google book., London: Nathaniel Cook
Originally conceived as historical fiction, Yamada decided to instead write a “straightforward history” (Preface, p. v). Modern readers, however, will find that it is somewhat embellished. Having said that, one finds this book a delightful read. Yamada sets out to detail what he considers the most momentous national event, “one of the most important facts which should be known by our friends who take an interest in the evolution of Japanese power”: the attempted Mongolian invasion of Japan by Kublai Kahn in the 13th century. (Preface vi). Yamada gives an historical overview of Japan’s relations with Korea since the 1st century BC as a background to the Mongolian invasion. This is followed by a close look at Kublai’s interest in and attempted invasions of Japan and the aid that Korea gave to Kublai in this period. The last few chapters are devoted to a comparison of Japan with that of England, and the Kublai’s failed attempt to invade Japan with the failure of the Spanish Armada to do the same to England. The reader may find the national and imperialistic tone of this work unusual unless one remembers that this is written in 1916, during the time of Japanese bid for imperialism in Asia, and is published in England for the English audience as an attempt to show how Japan is like England in its rise to a great nation.
It is 1939 and Japan is at war with China. This serialized account is a first-hand experience of the war. Perhaps mildly propagandistic and from a perspective not likely to be defended by anyone today, the story is a fine period piece. Appeared serially in the East Asia Review --- Vol. 2, No. 1 (May 10, 1939), pp. 1-16; Vol. 2, No. 2 (May 25, 1939), pp. 28-40; Vol. 2, No. 3 (June 10, 1939), pp. 27-40; Vol. 2, No. 4 (June 25, 1939), pp. 27-40; Vol. 2, No. 5 (July 10, 1939), pp. 24-40; Vol. 2, No. 6 (July 25, 1939), pp. 23-40; Vol. 2, No. 7 (August 10, 1939), pp. 28-40; Vol. 2, No. 8 (August 25, 1939), pp. 27-40., East Asia Review. Vol. 2, Shanghai: East Asia Pub. Co.
Some of what the articles claims to be Chinese slanders were in fact true. (But, of course, be aware that the Chinese did at times make bogus claims about Japanese activities)., East Asian Review, Vol. 5, No. 5 (January 10, 1941), Shanghai: East Asia Pub. Co., pp. 34-36.