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120419-0012 - Russo-Japanese War


Nagasaki Meiji 1900s Other

Japanese naval officers engaged in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) enjoying themselves with geisha at Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. Published in the British weekly illustrated newspaper The Graphic on July 16, 1904 (Meiji 37). Both officers and geisha look remarkably Western in this illustration.

Original text: “Back from the war: Torpedo lieutenants in a tea-house in Sasebo. These officers have been engaged in one of the torpedo attacks on Port Arthur, and are, in consequence, the heroes of the hour. They are here shown drinking Saki, the national drink, in a tea-house. The tea-house in Japan is not a teetotal establishment, but is more like an inn or a restaurant.”

Artwork by British artist Frank Craig (1874-1918).

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