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By James A. Michener

From a very good grasp of historic fiction comes an excellent story of affection amid battle. James A. Michener combines robust storytelling with light sensitivity during this novel of a U.S. military guy who falls for a desirable eastern lady opposed to all odds.

Major Lloyd Gruver considers himself fortunate. The son of a military normal, relationship the daughter of one other strong army relatives, his destiny seems to be impossibly brilliant. Stationed in attractive, unique Japan, he simply can't comprehend men like inner most Joe Kelly, who throws away his lifestyles within the States by way of marrying one of many neighborhood women. Then Lloyd meets Hana-ogi. After that, not anything issues anymore... not anything yet her.

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The lively reenactment of the battle of Pyongyang (15–16 September 1894), in the safe confines of the museum garden at Ueno, helped the Japanese relive the fi rst large-scale conflict of the war with the Chinese. The actors and the audience were, in a sense, making history. Pyongyang was regarded as the last Chinese stronghold in Korea. 100 The event was so important that a 42 foot high replica of the gate was built at the park to remind everyone of Harada’s brave deed, and to provide props for the make-believe that was occurring within.

49 The Gallery gave those who walked through it a particular vision of history, reinforced by what they learnt at school and images they were exposed to via the mass media. As much as photography lent itself to providing the best chronicle of Tokyo’s reconstruction in the wake of the earthquake, the Japanese turned to paintings to record the achievement of the Emperor Meiji. The Memorial Picture Gallery was but part of a state-organised culture of commemoration of the emperor that continued into the reign of the Shôwa Emperor, Hirohito.

On a later page, six photographs of ‘How the Railways and Tramways Fared during the Fire’ are provided, followed by more details of the damage and American efforts to help the Japanese. 40 Another article in the same issue of Far Eastern Review cited the Imperial Edict of 12 September which was signed by Emperor Taishô, the Prince Regent, and countersigned by the Prime Minister and other ministers. Lest the earthquake be deemed to be a bad omen, the edict stated that ‘Whilst we deplore the happening of such calamity under Our own rule, it is beyond human will or effort to prevent the inexorable convulsions of nature’.

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