Monday, January 16, 2012


Hello my friends,
have you ever been to SAKHALIN? No? Then we have something in common. But I am offering a photo disc with vintage images between 1894 and 1905. CLICK HERE TO BUY.
Sakhalin or Saharin or Saghalien, is a large island in the North Pacific, lying between 45°50' and 54°24' N.It is part of Russia, and is Russia's largest island, and is administered as part of Sakhalin Oblast. Sakhalin, which is about one fifth the size of Japan, is just off the east coast of Russia, and just north of Japan.The indigenous peoples of the island are the Sakhalin Ainu, Oroks and Nivkhs. Most Ainu relocated to Hokkaidō when the Japanese were displaced from the island in 1949. Sakhalin was claimed by both Russia and Japan in the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, which led to bitter disputes between the two countries over control of the island.The European names derive from misinterpretation of a Manchu name sahaliyan ula angga hada ("peak/craggy rock at the mouth of the Amur River"). Sahaliyan, the word that has been borrowed in the form of "Sakhalin", means "black" in Manchu and is the proper Manchu name of the Amur River (sahaliyan ula, literally "Black River" ; see Sikhote-Alin). Its Japanese name, Karafuto (樺太), supposedly comes from Ainu kamuy kar put ya mosir (カムイ・カラ・プト・ヤ・モシリ, shortened to Karput カラ・プト), which means "Land/Island/Country at the Shore of the God-Made (River) Mouth/Confluence."[citation needed] The name was used by the Japanese during their possession of its southern part (1905–1945).


kornkountrytreasures said...

I learn something new everyday! I didn't even know there was an island off the Russian coast!

Supergranny said...

I had never heard of Sakhalin but my husband read this and began telling me the whole story. He knew all about it...course he's 11 yrs older than me:) Very intelesting ,Kraut

chateycathey said...

I learn something everytime I read one of your blogs Dirk. Very nice