During the early centuries of the Christian era, friendly intercourse was regularly kept up between Japan and China. Embassies were dispatched to and fro on various missions, but chiefly with the mutual object of bearing the congratulations to an emperor upon his accession to the throne. It is mentioned in the “Gazetteer of Echizen” (“Echizen Koku Mei Seiki Ko”) that Embassies from China, with a retinue and crew of one hundred and seventy-eight persons, came to Japan A.D. 776 to bear congratulations to the Mikado, Konin Tenno.
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From General Nelson A. Miles
Thrilling Stories of The Russian-Japanese War, 1904