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A letter of a Japanese diplomat, Horiguchi Kumaichi (堀口 九萬一, 1865-1945), assistant consul in Korea in 1895, reveals his confession to taking part in the 1895 assassination of Korean Empress Myeongseong. Steve Hasegawa, a Nagoya-based expert on stamps, obtained the letters at an antique market.

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The assassination came after the queen sought help from Russia in her attempt to remove Japanese influence from Korea after the Triple Intervention in 1895. That was a diplomatic intervention by Russia, Germany and France over the terms of the Treaty of Shimonoseki. Japan had imposed the treaty on the Qing Dynasty of China after emerging victorious from the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895). But the diplomatic intervention forced Japan to return the Liaodong Peninsula to the Qing Dynasty, which it had acquired after the war, and weakened Japan's influence in Korea. Kumaichi Horiguchi (1865-1945), who was assistant consul in Korea, was the diplomat who wrote the eight recently unearthed letters. He had sent the letters to Teisho Takeishi, his best friend in his hometown Nakadori (currently Nagaoka) in Niigata Prefecture, who was a scholar of Chinese classics.

 

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On 18 November, New Art Est-Ouest Auctions in Shinagawa auctioned off a painting dating back to the Kamakura period that's been designated an important cultural property. It was sold for 243.9 million JPY (2.13 million USD). The painting depicts Hōnen (法然, 1133-1212), the founder of the first independent branch of the Pure Land School of Buddhism, on his deathbed, surrounded by his disciples. It was owned and sold by a Japanese national. It has not been revealed who has acquired the painting.

This was the first time a national treasure or an important cultural property has been sold. Such sales are not prohibited but the artefacts have to be offered first to the national government at the expected sales price.

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Shihonchakushokushui Kotokuden, Vol. 8 (紙本著色拾遺古徳伝)


 
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Remember when I said I was going to study Christianity in Japan? So, I bought literature and began to analyze the sources. First of all, of course, these are various kinds of personal diaries.

So, i'd like you to provide one interesting fact about religious life of Christians in Japan on the example of an entry from the diary of Nikolai Kosatkin (Nicholas of Japan):

April 2 (15), 1902. Tuesday.

Protestant pastors and preachers, mainly from Japanese, have been holding their meetings since the eleventh of this month in the nearby house of the "Society of Young People" (Seinen-kwai). Between different subjects of reasoning, the question "Is Jesus Christ God or not?" was discussed.. "One hundred and ten people rose up for the Deity, six people rose up against His Deity, thirty-three people did not dare to assert this or that." Shame on Christian preaching! Protestantism is corroded by doubts like rust.

As can be seen from this entry, theological issues were of great interest to the Christian community in Japan. The recording was probably made in Tokyo, since at that time Nikolai had already left Hakodate.

Source: Дневники святителя Николая Японского (1870-1911 гг.) (This is Nikolai's diary, written entirely in Russian)
 
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