|Japanese sailors at Taronga Zoo, 1924|
Australian National Maritime Museum
Monday, March 21, 2016
In the latter part of the 19th Century and the early 20th Century, Japanese art and culture had a widespread influence on Western art, interior design, music, fashion and textiles. Many Australians, like others in Europe and elsewhere, were fascinated by things Japanese. Japanese Navy training squadrons twice entered
, in 1903 and
1906, to enthusiastic receptions. During the 1906 visit, Katoomba Municipal
Council extended a formal invitation to the officers and men of the fleet to
visit the Blue Mountains, and a number of new streets were named in their
honour, one other street was given a Japanese name in 1922. However following
the attack on Sydney
Harbour in 1942, the Japanese
names were changed as follows. Pearl
Japanese name 1906 New Name 1942
Local Studies Librarian
* Street Whys, the Origins of
Mountains City Street Names. Christopher J Woods,
* Minute Books, Katoomba Municipal Council, 1906, 1922,
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