There is a country on earth, very remote, where children learned a poem about Poland at school.
“Here and there you can see remnants of splendor and the ruins of stone fences” – in such not very kind words describes the Polish province one of the famous soldiers’ songs. That what, somehow not well known? Known, known, only in the army … in Japan. Until 1945, she even had to learn Japanese children.
42 years before, when the Bujakowscy family set out on their unusual honeymoon, a Japanese military decided to go on a similarly insane trip from Europe to the Far East. The transport was supposed to be in this case … horse. On June 12, 1893, after 487 days in the saddle, the then major Yasumasa Fukushima reported to Vladivostok. He had about 15 thousand to travel from Berlin. km.
Fukushima’s fanciful feat inspired the poet Ochiai Naobumi to write the poem “Kiba ryokō” (“Journey on a horse”), in which there was a poem “Pōrando kaiko” (“Recollection of Poland”). The history of our enslaved nation was to be a warning to the Japanese in accordance with the principle that “pride goes before the fall.” The fate of the Empire of Japan in the next few decades shows that it was a not too effective warning. But also the then collapse of our nation was not as final as Fukushima seemed. 😉
Here you can listen to this song: