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"A Monologue about Foreign Ships" by Sugita Genpaku

This study will introduce and examine the work of Sugita Genpaku - "A monologue about foreign ships ("Yaso:dokuwa") - valuable historical document that introduces the reaction of the Japanese government to the expedition of Khvosotv and Davidov to Sakhalin in 1806-1807. It was written in the begiining of the 19th century, the period which is believed to be a turning point in the early Russo-Japanese relationship, when Russia began to be percieved as a major dangerous ebemy.