150-Year-Old Japanese Book Shows U.S. History as an Epic Mythology
A Japanese book from the 1800s features an alternate depiction of United States history in which historical American figures are capable of superhuman feats.
Written by Kanagaki Robun and illustrated by Utagawa Yoshitora near the end of The Edo Period in 1861, Osanaetoki Bankokubanashi (“Children’s Illustrated Tales from 10,000 Countries”) provides an interesting look at how Japan viewed the Western world at the time, reports SoraNews24.
Now it’s the American Revolution. Here is George Washington defending his wife “Carol” from a British official named “Asura” (same characters as the Buddhist deity). 3/ pic.twitter.com/JXD6Cj0xOE
When netizens asked why the Americans had such notable Asian facial features, Kapur explained that Japan was so isolated at the time that the illustrator simply had no idea what Westerners looked like.
Best buds John Adams and Ben Franklin must have had a falling out, because John Adams fires an arrow at Ben and then rides away like a cowardly little bitch. Of course Ben Franklin is a total badass, so he just stands there and lets the arrow fly by without even flinching. 8/ pic.twitter.com/w79i2Zy3De
Kapur’s thread, which has generated thousands of likes and retweets, offers just a glimpse of the fascinating book. Those who want to check out the entire book can visit the Waseda University digital archives here.
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