The First European Description of Japan, 1585|
Jesus [&] Mary
Treatise containing in very succinct and abbreviated form some contrasts and differences in the customs of the people of Europe and this province of Japan. Although in the region of Ximo there are some things that appear to coincide between us and the Japanese, this is not because they are common and universal, but because they were acquired [by the Japanese] from the Portuguese who come here in their ships to trade. Many of their customs are so distant, foreign, and far removed from our own that it is difficult to believe that one can find such stark contrasts in customs among [us and] people who are so civilized, have such lively genius, and are as naturally intelligent as these [Japanese]. In order to avoid confusing certain matters with others, we divide this work into chapters. Completed with the grace of Our Lord in Canzusa [Kazusa], June 14, 1585.
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