Japan's famous Major Yamaoka


Japan's famous Major Yamaoka



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Major Yamaoka was the chief officer of General Nogi's personal staff. He was remarkably different from the average Japanese, not only in manners but in personal appearance. A square jaw, thick neck, broad shoulders, massive hands and a long face marked him and distinguished him among his comrades, and in his demeanor he was almost an American in vitality and Frenchshness. He dispensed with ceremony, spoke decisively, almost brusquely, and looked one square in the eye with a twinkle that said he appreciated all the social gayety and yet kept back his own thoughts. He was very neat and walked like an athlete. He was one of General Nogi's most trusted men and was an orator. Accompanied by two trumpeters, he carried to General Stoessel the Emperor's offer of a safe convoy out of Port Arthur to non-combatants, which General Stoessel refused to accept.


1 stereograph. 2 photomechanical prints on stereo card : halftone, stereograph, color ; 9 x 18 cm


1905 Ingersoll, T.W.
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Barry, Richard and Barry, Richard (photographer), “Japan's famous Major Yamaoka,” Monash Collections Online, accessed April 24, 2024, https://repository.erc.monash.edu/items/show/13940.

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