Der Wolkenpavillon: Ein neuer Fall für Sano Ichirô by Laura Joh Rowland

By Laura Joh Rowland

Japan, 1701. Chiyo, die Cousine des Samurais Sano Ichiro, kehrt von einer Reise zum Tempel in Awashima nicht zurück. Der Ermittler des Shoguns hatte jahrelang keinen Kontakt zur Familie seiner Mutter. Jetzt aber fleht sein Onkel ihn an, die Vergangenheit ruhen zu lassen und ihm bei der Suche nach seiner Tochter zu helfen. Unfähig, die Notsituation zu ignorieren, in der sich seine Cousine offensichtlich befindet, begibt sich Sano auf die verzweifelte Suche - und findet heraus, dass noch zwei weitere Frauen unter ähnlich mysteriösen Umständen verschwunden sind. Die Zeit drängt. Kann Sano den Verbrecher stellen, bevor dieser noch mehr Frauen ins Unglück stürzt?

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S. allies, some are in Asia, and some, like Japan, are not strictly speaking island nations but archipelagos. Still, the Japanese perception that their land is small and dependent can have important consequences on public opinion and on foreign policy. Japan’s Essential Similarities Because there has been a long-standing emphasis on the ways in which Japan differs from the United States and from the West, important similarities— 667-3 Geography & Japan 8/22/05 2:09 PM Page 25 GEOGRAPHY AND THINGS UNIQUELY JAPANESE 25 and therefore causalities—have been frequently overlooked.

13 And as a commercial and sea power, he suggested, Japan’s interests ultimately would coincide more closely with those of the Americans and Europeans than with those of the other countries of Asia. Notwithstanding Mahan’s persuasiveness, Halford Mackinder, the British geographer, contended to the contrary that the advent of railroads had given land powers a new advantage in mobility, range, economic efficiency, and secure interior lines. “A generation ago,” Mackinder wrote, “steam and the Suez canal appeared to have increased the mobility of seapower relatively to land-power.

The Mogul emperors had consolidated the vast subcontinent under their rule, adding the last big piece, Afghanistan, in 1581. By the end of the next century, however, the government had fallen into decline. Its infighting and inefficiency would eventually weaken and divide India to the point where the British could become the real rulers. In Russia, Ivan the Terrible was creating an empire at the same time as Japan had been fighting its civil wars. Russians crossed the Ural Mountains into Asia and by 1584 had defeated the Tatars.

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