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10.6.07

1905 Jul 3 - "Postcards to Commemorate Naval Battle"


The following July 3, 1905 San-in Shimbun article talks about a plan to use a picture of Takeshima (Liancourt Rocks) on postcards to commemorate the Battle of the Sea of Japan. Here is the translation by Pacifist: (Click on the article to enlarge.)

Postcards to Commemorate Naval Battle

Our prefecture's Takeshima (or Riyankorudo G
an = Liancourt rocks) has suddenly become famous because of the Battle of the Sea of Japan, which was a big naval battle worthy of commemoration. Supported by the enthusiasm of Governor Matsunaga, new postcards for overseas are planned and will show the Sea of Japan with Shimane prefecture, Shimane prefecture with Oki islands, and Oki islands with Takeshima. It is an interesting idea. They will be good for sending to the heroes of the naval battle.

(Translated by Pacifist)

7 comments:

  1. Gerry,

    You are right. Liancourt rocks are one of the memorial points of Russo-Japanese war.

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  2. Gerry,

    Here is the translation:

    Postcard to commemorate the naval battle

    Our prefecture's Takeshima (or riyankorudo iwa = Liancourt rocks) bacame suddenly famous because of the Battle of the Japan Sea and it seems to be good one to commemorate the big naval battle. Supported by the enthusiasm of the governor Matsunaga, new postcards for the oversea use with the figures of the Japan Sea with Shimane prefecture, Shimane prefecture with Oki islands, and Oki islands with Takeshima, are planned. It is an interesting idea, it will be good for sending to the heroes of the naval battle.

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  3. correction:

    Riyankorudo iwa was "Riyankorudo gan", 岩 can be read as iwa or gan.
    There was a kana alongside the Chinese charcter to indicate the pronunciation.

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  4. Pacifist,

    Do you know if there is a scanned picture somewhere of one of the postcards being talked about in this article?

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  5. Gerry,

    Shimane prefecture's 竹島資料室 (Archive room concerning Takeshima) had just inhibited a postcard on which Takeshima was drawn 19th April to 18th May this year, but I couldn't get the photos.

    http://www.pref.shimane.lg.jp/soumu/takesima/tenji1.html

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  6. Pacifist,

    Well, maybe we will be able to find one of those postcards later.

    By the way, I will probably post tonight the other San-in Shimbun articles mentioned on the site you linked to. Those articles are evidence that Japan's incorporation of Takeshima (Liancourt Rocks) was no big secret.

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  7. Gerry,

    Yes, they openly announced the incorporation. The postcards and these newspaper articles you mentioned are evidences.

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