In a short article published in 1863, Parsons describes how he saw a letter in the Gardener's Chronicle from Robert Fortune (1861) extoling the virtues of the "Yeddo
Vine" that he had seen in Japan and noting how he, Fortune, had encouraged Dr.
Your twin tasks as His Imperial Majesty begins to play will be to give deferential advice on how to play while explaining the game's origins and influences, in particular the main characters (the boy, Hiro, the villain, Sir Vaughn, and the damsel, Queen Greta of Yeddo
); the Three Sacred Treasures (the Venerable Blade, the Sun Mirror, and the Jewel of the Gods), modeled on the Imperial Regalia; and the game's setting (the enormous City-State of Yeddo
), modeled on your own wanderings across and around Tokyo in your youth.
(5) While a student at Oakland High School in 1895, he penned two stories for its literary magazine, The High School Aegis: "Sakaicho, Hona Asi and Hakadai" (Aegis, 19 April 1895) and "A Night's Swim in Yeddo
Bay" (Aehis, 27 May 1895).
After his return, he wrote several short stories based on his time in Tokyo and Yokohama, including "Story of a Typhoon," "Sakaicho, Hona Asi and Hakadaki," "A Night's Swim in Yeddo
Bay," and "O Haru." (2) These stories reflect a deep affection for Japan and its people, especially those from the lower classes.
Successfully recommending against any such action, Mackellar judiciously included the information that in recent times a cholera epidemic believed to have been introduced into the Japanese Empire by the United States frigate Mississippi, had caused an estimated 200,000 deaths in Yeddo