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Re: places (Japan)

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Sunday, November 11, 2001, 21:29
Matt33 wrote:
>--- Roger Mills <romilly@...> wrote: > > Re Japan, and it's various versions (sorry, I've > > deleted the earlier messages too soon)-- Some of > > the oldest world maps have it as Cipango-- looks > > like an Italian attempt at the Chinese name. I'm > > not so sure English got "Japan" via the Brits in > > Malaya (Indonesian is Jepang [dZ@'paN] BTW)-- seems > > a little late, historically speaking....? > >Hmm, well I admit that I don't recall too much from my >Japan-history classes -- yeah, poor student me... >Anyhow, I do remember have seen that word before - and >it does look Italian - but somehow I have the sneaking >suspicion that the Portuguese were the first ones to >come to Japan. In Portuguese, one says Japao (tilde >over second a)....
Marco Polo heard of Japan during his trip (and I guess other Europeans must've heard of it on earlier trips), and spelt it _Zipango_. The last bit is thought to be Chinese _guo_ "country". Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at