Some background, information and photos gleaned from the web

Some background,  information and photos gleaned from various internet sources;

A map of the area

A map of the area

Church of St. Nicholas

Church of St. Nicholas

                   

Sakhalin Regional Museum

Sakhalin Regional Museum

  

A link to a lovely blog site – Wandering Quilter –  with a great story about Kathy’s first days in Yuzhno Sakhalinsk;

The Blog site – Ramblings of a Global CItizen  – has some really interesting things to say about the The Russian Far East – Sakhalin

Chekhov Center

Chekhov Center

And then it was spring!

And then it was spring!

The city was founded in 1882 as the village Vladimirovka, but was transferred to Japanese control after the end of the Russo-Japanese war. The Japanese renamed the city as Toyohara, and made it the capital of the Japanese prefecture Karafuto occupying the southern half of the island. After the end of of World War II, Soviet troops occupied Karafuto, and the city was renamed Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk when control of the city was transferred back to Russia. Little remains of the Japanese administration apart from a very limited number of Japanese buildings, including the impressive old government building now used as a regional museum. The main heritage of the Japanese ownership of the city is a sizable number of Sakhalin-Koreans, deported here by the Japanese in the 1930s, and denied repatriation until the mid-1980s; many have decided to stay on Sakhalin, and around 20.000 reside in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.   (http://wikitravel.org/en/Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)

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