After reading an inspiring book from China, Meiji finally gives his eager Daimyos the word. A week later, rising out of the ocean to threaten mainland Asia, emerges the awful, powerful force of ... some Japanese settlers. Then they settled a city. Right next to a mountain. Right near Yakutia.
Of Note: The Koreans realize they can’t compete in the Vietnamese/Chinese land rush and settle Kaesong on the coast.