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Meiji 41 (明治四十一年)
Timeline of 1908
- 1908/1 The Okinawa kenjinkai of Southern California is established.
- 1908/4/28 Over 780 people (including 325 Okinawans) depart Kobe for Brazil, aboard the Kasado-maru.
- 1908/6/18 The Kasado-maru arrives in Brazil. Its passengers include the first Japanese or Okinawan settlers in Brazil.
Other Events of 1908
- Laurence Binyon's The Painting of the Far East is published.
- The second Bunten is held.
- The Colonial Government Museum is established in Taiwan.
- The Hongkou Theatre, the first dedicated movie house in China, is opened in Shanghai by Antonio Ramos.
- Makino Shôzô produces Honnôji Kassen, a recording of a kabuki performance, the first film to be produced in Kyoto.
- Local administrative reforms take place in Okinawa prefecture.
- Puyi ascends to the throne in China.
- A proposal to place Okinawa and Taiwan under the same colonial administration spurs furious protest in Okinawa, and ultimately is not implemented.
- Tenri-kyô is officially recognized as an accepted Shinto sect.
Births and Deaths
- 1908/3/23 Durham Stevens dies.
- Empress Dowager Cixi dies (b. 1835).
- Ernest Fenollosa dies (b. 1853).
- Hashimoto Gahô dies (b. 1835).
- Nihonga painter Higashiyama Kaii is born.
- Iwai Tatsumi, 4th Chief of Home Affairs (Taiwan), dies (b. 1868).
- Kunikida Doppo dies (b. 1871).
- Historian George McCune is born (d. 1948).