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Shogun's Reluctant Ambassadors: Japanese Sea Drifters in the North Pacific

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A fascinating study of 11 groups of Japanese merchant sailors who were pulled out to sea by strong currents and cast adrift on foreign shores.
Paperback, 287 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Oregon Historical Society Press (first published September 1991)
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Alexander Polsky
An unexpected story of the North Pacific, how 19th century Japanese sailors got blown across the ocean, and landed in the Pacific Northwest. The stories of these "sea drifters is full of curiosities, the encounter of lost Japanese sailors with native Americans interesting just for curiosity's sake, as well as the possibility that others have been blown across this ocean in centuries past.

The scholarship is good and the writing good enough . . . the author isn't as taken with the wonder of such t
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