CONSTANTIN GĂVĂNESCUL AND KUNITAKE KUME: IN SEARCH OF SELF AND OTHER IN A FOREIGN LAND – A COMPARISON BETWEEN THEIR TRAVEL DIARIES

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A Japanese Historian – Kunitake Kume (1839 – 1931) and a Romanian officer – General Constantin Găvănescul (18871 – 1942) – travel far away from their homelands as official members of the embassies of their own countries. Kume and his companions from the Iwakura mission cross the Pacific Ocean in December 1871, and then they travel through the United States of America, finally reaching Western Europe. After their visits through twelve countries – the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Austria and Switzerland – the Japanese Embassy came back to Japan in September 1873. …