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Monday, October 26, 2015

Russo-Japan Commemorative Postcard

I've had a long day of sitting around watching the boy play baseball - the last exhibition game this year for his rep team that he made a month ago. We'll have some winter practices and such - mostly to work on the team's hitting, which seems to be a weak spot. 

Above is a very cool postcard, that commemorates the end of the Russo-Japanese War. The yellow tiger represents Japan as it seeks to conquer the world. I believe it is from October 8, 1905.

The war took place between February 8, 1904 - September 5, 1905.

The Russian Empire (not yet communist) battled the Empire of Japan over Manchuria and Korea - both places each wanted for their own, so it was hardly a noble war... you know, where one side comes in to stop the other from doing or being evil.

Manchuria (now) is northeast China.

The big battles were fought in the Liaodong Peninsula and Mukden in Southern Manchuria, and the seas around Korea, Japan, and the Yellow Sea.

I thought the card appropriate because - yes, I got a new cat from the animal shelter out in the east end of Toronto - not my usual stomping grounds. More on Dante tomorrow.

Not the name anyone here would have given him. But I do like Dante's Divine Comedy... we'll see if we can't give him a more appropriate name.

Andrew Joseph


  1. Ah yes, back when Japan's sneak attack on a naval base and territorial ambitions in Asia were lauded by the west as a mark of her maturing into a first rate political and military power.

    Looking forward to hearing about the kitty.

    1. Well... Pat... the U.S. and Japan share a common past. After each became globally aware (the U.S after Independence) and Japan after it's borders were opened by threat, each used military expansionism as a means to become a true global citizen. The U.S. and their 54:40 or Fight call against Canada (and naval involvement in Asia to expand economic trade routes ahead of other countries) ... Japan bullying China, Korea and Russia.... they have similar origins. The big difference is, Canada doesn't hold a grudge. :)
      The postcard at least shows the blood-thirsty Asian tiger in a negative way.
      As for the cat... Dante isn't Daffy... which is both good and bad. I'm glad he's different.... but now I have to figure out what he's all about...
      Glad you are around!