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Diary of a Japanese Soldier Stationed in Tainan
Publication Date / 2016-12-30 Author / Setsuya Matsuzoe (tr. and ed.) Category / Historical Source Material Series
Diary of a Japanese Soldier Stationed in Tainan
Publisher / Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica 
Edition / First edition 
Publication Date / 2016-05
ISBN(Hardpack) 9789860514452
NTD 600
Pages / 489


This book contains a diary written in 1904 by a Japanese soldier stationed in Tainan, a city in southern Taiwan. Besides his daily life and recreation, the diary’s author also recorded weather, news events, transmitted diseases, earthquake, and festivals at that time. Since he talked to the locals with simple Taiwanese and the names of people and locations in the diary were all pronounced in Taiwanese, the translator, who acquired the diary in a Tokyo used bookstore, translated the diary into Taiwanese, to better reflect the atmosphere of the time.