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The hereditary Temporal Governor of Japan formerly paid an annual visit of
ceremony to the Mikado, but it is now paid only once in seven years. Embassies
and presents are now resorted to as substitutes for journeys which occupied an ...
The estates of the great Daimios are not fiefs held of the Mikado by burdensome
duties and services, but are essentially independent principalities. The troops
raised by the Daimios form independent armies, and they are maintained out of
rise to an immense "amount of suspicion and mistrust; the Mikado and the
Tycoon arc, in effect, rival powers. The Mikado has his spies in the court of the
Tycoon ; and the emissaries of the Tycoon swarm in the capital of the Mikado.
The theocratical Government of Japan could not be expected to tolerate a
religion which taught the people not that the Mikado, but the Pope of Rome was
their spiritual sovereign ; and the Tycoon was as little disposed to acquiesce in
only to crush all internal opposition, but increase his own power at the expense
both of the Daimios and the Mikado, and inaugurate an entirely new era in the
policy and history of Japan. A European force which should undertake the
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