According to family lore, the Distlers owned a goldmine on Sakhalin Island.
The Distler goldmine was not on Sakhalin Island—it was right in the middle of Siberia.
There can be no doubt that the first explorers of Sakhalin were Japanese.
To these must now be added the recently ceded southern half of the Island of Sakhalin.
They called the river 'Sakhalin,' a name which the Russians gave to the long island at the mouth of the Amoor.
Immediately after reaching the mouth of the Amur the same instinct had led them to begin the colonization of Sakhalin.
The islands of Japan, not including Sakhalin, of which half is Japanese, lie between the 30th and 45th parallels.
The Ishikari Ainu who lived formerly in Sakhalin wear leather belts, and the women wear besides a peculiar cloth headgear.
The coastline of the fourteen larger islands and archipelagoes, again excepting Sakhalin, stretches to a length of 13,500 miles.
Arrived there, I for the first time learned my sentence—ten years in the mines, and then ten in Sakhalin.