Monday, November 27, 2006

Postcard Delight: part 3

Japanese postcardThis week's card was made in commemoration of the training journey of two Japanese warships (the Sōya and the Misaki) through Oceania and along the coasts of South-East Asia (練習艦隊遠洋航海記念).

The trip, which was led by a certain rear-admiral S. Katō, took around 4 months; stops included Guam, Fiji, Auckland, Sidney, Townsville, Batavia, Singapore, Manila, Olongapo and Wu Song and ended in Yokosuka. Details of the journey can be found on the back side of the card, but alas, the exact year is not mentioned. I've posted a composite picture of the map on the front (練習艦隊航路圖) and the schedule on the back, so you get a better idea of when and where they stopped.