At the same time I gained from them valuable information as regards the neighbouring country and the Kurile Islands.
It is held, by the best authorities, that at least a portion of them came from Asia, using the Kurile Islands as a stepping stone.
The Kurile Islands were not discovered till the beginning of the eighteenth century.
In this year the Company took formal possession of all the Kurile Islands.
Somewhere close to us lay the land, but it might have been the Kurile Islands for aught we knew.
The aboriginal population is about six thousand, including a few hundred dwellers on the Kurile Islands.
All over Yezo and the Kurile Islands remains of an extinct race of pit-dwellers are to be seen.
The original paganism of Japan is probably to be studied in the Kurile Islands.