Japanese tourist surprised by signs in Russian on Sakhalin

Japanese tourist surprised by signs in Russian on Sakhalin
Photo: Izvestiya

In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed the launch of a pilot project on tourism in the Kuril Islands.

A traveler from Japan was surprised by signs in Russian on the island of Sakhalin. This is reported by Asahi Shimbun.

It is noted that the girl was impressed by the sights of the island, including Cape Evstafia, the lighthouse Aniva, “Gate of Happiness,” the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, and many others.

However, the Japanese woman was saddened by the lack of signs in her native language, RIA Novosti reports. 

“When you arrive (to Sakhalin), there are only Russians around. I thought that there would be signs in Japanese, but it turned out that they are all in Russian,” the traveler complained. 

In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed the launch of a pilot project on tourism in the Kuril Islands. 

Sakhalin is the largest Russian island. After the defeat of Russia in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905, the southern part of the island fell under the rule of Tokyo, and in 1920, during the Civil War, Japan also occupied Northern Sakhalin. In 1925, Tokyo voluntarily liberated the northern part of the island, and the southern part passed to the USSR after the victory over Japan in the Second World War.

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