Here they were attacked by the Japanese, and, after a bloody struggle, all the fiercer for the despair on the one side and the exultation on the other, were all slain or driven into the sea to be drowned, except three, who were sent back to tell their emperor how the gods of Japan had destroyed their armada. The Japanese exult in the boast that their gods and their heaven prevailed over the gods and heaven of the Chinese.
This was the last time that China ever attempted to conquer Japan, whose people boast that their land has never been defiled by an invading army. They have ever ascribed the glory of the destruction of the Tartar fleet to the interposition of the gods of Ise, who thereafter received special and grateful adoration as the guardian of the seas and winds. Great credit and praise were given to the lord of Kamakura, Hojo Tomkimune, for his energy, ability and valor. The author of the Guai Shi says: “The repulse of the Tartar barbarians by Tokune, and his preserving the dominions of our Son of Heaven, were sufficient to atone for the crimes of his ancestors.”
Nearly six centuries afterward, when “the barbarian” Perry anchored his fleet in the Bay of Yedo, in the words of the native annalist, “Orders were sent by the imperial court to the Shinto priests at Ise to offer up prayers for the sweeping away of the barbarians.” Millions of earnest hearts put up the same prayers as their fathers had offered, fully expecting the same results.
To this day the Japanese mother in Kiushiu hushes her fretful infant by the question, “Do you think the Mogu (Mongols) are coming?” This is the only serious attempt at invasion ever made by any nation upon the shores of Japan.
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From General Nelson A. Miles
Thrilling Stories of The Russian-Japanese War, 1904