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" Japanese are extremely fond of reading ; even the common soldiers when on duty arc continually engaged with books. This passion for literature, however, proved somewhat inconvenient to us, as they always read aloud, in a tone of voice resembling singing;... "
Japan: An Account, Geographical and Historical - Page 355
by Charles MacFarlane - 1856 - 365 pages
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The British Review, and London Critical Journal, Volume 11

1818
...Japanese," says our author, " are extremely fond of reading; even the common soldiers when on duty are continually engaged with books. This passion for literature,...native country, the contests which have arisen among them, and the wars in which they have been engaged with neighbouring nations, form the subjects of...
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The Literary Gazette: A Weekly Journal of Literature, Science, and ..., Volume 2

Lovell Augustus Reeve, John Mounteney Jephson, Henry Christmas, Shirley Brooks, George Augustus Frederick Fitzclarence (1st Earl of Munster) - History - 1818
...continually engaged with books. This passion for literature, however, proved somewhat inconvenieut to us, as they always read aloud, in a tone of voice resembling singing ; much in the same style iu which the psulms are read at funerals in Russia. Before we were accustomed to this, we were unable...
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Memoirs of a Captivity in Japan, During the Years 1811, 1812, and ..., Volume 1

Vasiliĭ Mikhaĭlovich Golovnin, Petr Īvanovīch Rīkord, Aleksandr Semenovich Shishkov - Japan - 1824
...themselves * The Japanese are extremely fond of reading ; even the common soldiers when on duty are continually engaged with books. This passion for literature,...became accustomed to this, we were unable to enjoy 'a moments rest during the night. The history of their native country, the coatests which have arisen...
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Merry's Museum, Volumes 11-12

New York (N.Y.) - 1846
...annoyance to me, as they always read aloud, and in a tone of voice resembling singing, much in the style in which the psalms are read at funerals in Russia* Before I became accustomed to this, I was unable to enjoy a mornen! ' i rest during the night. I had the curiosity,...
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Japan and the Japanese: Comprising the Narrative of a Captivity in ..., Volume 1

Vasiliĭ Mikhaĭlovich Golovnin - Great Britain - 1853 - 286 pages
...continually engaged with books. This taste for literature, on the part pf our guards, however, proved inconvenient to us, as they always read aloud, in...voice resembling singing ; much in the same style iu which the Psalms are read at funerals in Russia. Before we became thoroughly used to this strange...
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Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan in the ..., Volume 2

Laurence Oliphant - China - 1859 - 645 pages
...The Japanese," he says, " are extremely fond of reading. Even the common soldiers, when on duty, were continually engaged with books. This passion for literature,...read aloud in a tone of voice resembling singing." They are also almost as fond of writing notes to each other as if they rejoiced in the luxury of a...
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Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan in the ..., Volume 2

Laurence Oliphant - China - 1859
...The Japanese," he says, " are extremely fond of reading. Even the common soldiers, when on duty, were continually engaged with books. This passion for literature,...read aloud in a tone of voice resembling singing." They are also almost as fond of writing notes to each other as if they rejoiced in the luxury of a...
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Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan

Laurence Oliphant - History - 1860
...The Japanese," he says, " arc extremely fond of reading. Even the common soldiers, when on duty, were continually engaged with books. This passion for literature,...read aloud in a tone of voice resembling singing." They arc also almost as fond of writing notes to each other as if they rejoiced in the luxury of a...
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Narrative of the earl of Elgin's mission to China and Japan in ..., Volume 2

Laurence Oliphant - History - 1860
...The Japanese," he says, " are extremely fond of reading. Even the common soldiers, when on duty, were continually engaged with books. This passion for literature,...read aloud in a tone of voice resembling singing." They are also almost as fond of writing notes to each other as if they rejoiced in the luxury of a...
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