Page 83. " his job as a clerk with Manchurian Railways wasn't a bad position "

The Manchurian Railway is also known as the Chinese Eastern Railway.

Page 84. " There was an awful smell of fish oil and takuan "

Takuan is a Japanese pickle made of white radish.

Page 85. " Some Chinese coolies came up the gangplank "
Page 85. " That's Oyama Street. All the big streets are named after generals and admirals of the Russian War "

The Russo-Japanese War (1904-5) was an imperial dispute by the Russian and Japanese over Manchuria and Korea.