• February 28, 1888 – Rizal arrived in Yokohama, Japan and registered at the Grand Hotel. • February 29, 1888 – he proceeded to Tokyo and took a room at Tokyo Hotel where he stayed for 6 days. Japan was to him the “Land of the Cherry Blossoms” because of its natural beauty and the charming manners of the Japanese people.
Mylene Gado Almario Japan • He visited by Juan Perez Caballero , secretary of the Spanish legation. He wrote a letter to Ferdinand Blumentrit , sharing his observation in Japan. • During his first day in Tokyo, Japan , Rizal was embarrassed because he didn’t know the Japanese language. To avoid further embarrassment, he decided to study the Japanese language and a few days, he was able to speak the language. • He also studied Kabuki, visited museum , libraries , art galleries and shrines , and villages . He was impressed by the beauty of Tokyo, but he was not impressed with the mode of transportation because the rickshaws were drawn by men, which made Rizal disgusted because human were working like horses.
Mylene Gado Almario Japan • He also met Seiko Usui but Rizal called her as O-Sei-San . They also met daily as they visited interesting spots of the city, like the Imperial Art Gallery, the Imperial Library, the city parks and picturesque shrines. She served as his guide, interpreter and tutor. • April 13, 1888 – Rizal boarded the Belgic , an English steamer bound for the United States . He left Japan very sad because he would never see again the beautiful land and his beloved O-Sei-San . His sojourn in Japan for 45days was one of the happiest interludes in Rizal’s life. • On board the Belgic , he met a passenger, Techo Suchero , a Japanese newspaperman who was jailed in his country for his articles and principles and was exiled. The ship carried 643 Chinese people and other nationalities.
Mylene Gado Almario Across the Atlantic - USA • April 28, 1888 – Rizal and Techo arrived in San Francisco Port on Saturday morning of April 28. All passengers were not allowed to land because the ship was placed on a quarantine on the ground that it came form the Far East where cholera epidemic was alleged to be raging. • He soon discovered that placing the ship under quarantine was prompted by politics . • After a week of quarantine, all first class passengers, including Rizal were permitted to land but the Chinese and Japanese passengers of the second and third class accommodations was remained on board.
Mylene Gado Almario Across the Atlantic - USA • May 4, 1888 – it was the day when Rizal and other passengers were permitted to land. Rizal registered at the Palace Hotel. • May 6, 1888 – Rizal left San Francisco to Oakland by ferry boat. In Oakland , he took his supper at Sacramento for 75 cents and slept in his coach. • May 7, 1888 – Rizal boarded a train for a trip across the continent.
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