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Dear Sir,

A - Kakizaki-Matsumae Nobuhiro and/or Nobuhiro

I recently happened to read your Chronological History of Ainu Nation, and it seemed to me that it is a most excellent summary of what have to be known for university students.

 

About one fact, however, I am puzzled.

Indeed, when you speak of the establishment of relations between the State (= Hideyoshi Toyotomi) and the will-be Matsumae clan was Kakizaki Nobuhiro.

This Nobuhiro puzzles me, because most of the time in books on the matter the name Yoshihiro appears.

Could you send me the kanjis used to write Nobuhiro and Yoshiro : in those times and nowadays ?

Nb : I read in [Hayashi Shiheï] a curious sentence. "Yoshihiro (whose name is written with an other kanji)".

Could it mean that Nobuhiro = Yoshihiro, according to kanji reading and prononciation ?

 

B - Sakhalin Miscellanea

I should like to speak of an other matter, i.e. Ainu in Sakhalin.

 

1° (明の駐屯地?)

It is said that Chinese Ming established guard-posts in villages called Uriga and Noharu (or Nohuaru) circa 1410 and 1413.

Do you know where these villages were ? And if they were Ghiliak or Ainu ?

It is also said that Shirushi became a market place circa 1435. Some authors say it was an island off Sakhalin.

Do you know where was this place ?

 

2° (満州の商人が蒙古語の木標を立てた?)

It is said that Manshu officials or merchants erected a wood column, with Mongol letters, somewhere on the coasts of Terpenia bay.

Have you heard of this ?

It is sais that this stele was seen by Japanese explorators.

Have you heard of this ?

 

3°  (最初の日本人は工藤庄左衛門?)

It is said that a Kodo Shozaemon spent 1635-1636 Winter in a village called Usshamu : he could have been the first Japanese to do so in Sakhalin.

Have you heard of this ?

Do you know where Usshamu is on a map ?

 

4°  (松前藩最初の漁業基地はTonnnai?)

When establishing fisheries village in Aniwa bay circa 1790, Matsumae merchants would have founded Tonnai.

Do you know where it was: on the seaside ? close or not to Kushunkotan ? West or east of Kushunkotan ?

 

5°  (日本語の樺太地図は?)

Do you know if Sakhalin maps (ancient or modern*) exist with Ainu/Japanese names (in kanjis ans katakanas) ?

* The best for me would be circa 1870-1875 and 1905-1945.

 

I hope I did not bother you.

Yours sincerely,

Alain LE NER./.

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