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ROBERT VAN BERGEN 


THE STORY OF LAPAN 


THE STORY OF JAPAN 


ROBERT VAN BERGEN 


Robert van Bergen was one of the first Americans to enter Japan after the 
country opened its borders to foreign visitors following centuries of isolation. He 
taught English to Japanese aristocrats, eventually becoming principal of the 
Nobles' School in Tokyo. This book, which he wrote for young readers during his 
stay in the country, was first published in 1897. It includes many illustrations. 
From the preface: "Our schoolbooks on geography and general history touch but 
lightly upon the Japanese Empire, and it is for the purpose of enabling children to 
obtain a correct idea of the people, and of the impulses leading to the rapid 
progress of the past quarter of a century, that "The Story of Japan" has been 
written. [...] While the thread of historical events runs throughout this book, many 
incidents and characteristic stories have been cited to illustrate the manners and 
customs of the various periods. As the book is designed for children, the stories 
are clothed in simple form and language, which will, it is hoped, render them 
attractive to the young mind." 


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Cover designed by Availle with a postcard from 1911. 
This design is in the public domain. 


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