On February 11th , 1892, Major Yasumasa Fukushima, an attache at the Japanese Legation in Berlin departs on a journey of 9000 miles, 14,400 km, alone and on horse-
back, across two continents and nine countries to arrive in Vladivostok 488 days later. While outwardly doing this as a boastful wager during a drinking session in the Officer's Club, it probably was, in fact, the longest reconnaisance mission in recorded history. He followed the then currently under construction progress of the Trans-Siberian railroad and the associated communications infrastructure enroute. Japan was aware that this railroad, when completed, would be a sword pointed to Japan's soft underbelly. Russian expansion eastward would allow massive numbers of Russian troops and supplies to be moved to the Pacific shores and the Sea of Japan in a matter of days. This chronicle consists of his daily journal entries which tell of his perilous journey as he meets Kings, Czars, and War Lords. The brutal weather ranges from below zero Siberia to the intense heat of the Gobi Desert. He even meets a founder of a Silicon Valley electronic company.
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