Glimpses of unfamiliar Japan, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1894 - History
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Ever since reading a quotation in a, oddly enough, Fortran WhatV programming book, I was intrigued with Lafcadio Hearn. I have not read the entire book (Glimpses) but pick it from time to time when ... Read full review

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I really enjoy reading Hearn, you feel the love, admiration and respect he had for the country and the people. He seemed a man ahead of his time, there's no bigotry or superiority complex in his ... Read full review

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Page 295 - The old man answered, saying : " I had originally eight young girls as daughters. But the eight-forked serpent of Koshi has come every year and devoured one, and it is now its time to come, wherefore we weep.
Page 2 - Elfish everything seems; for everything as well as everybody is small, and queer, and mysterious: the little houses under their blue roofs, the little shop-fronts hung with blue, and the smiling little people in their blue costumes. The illusion is only broken by the occasional passing of a tall foreigner, and by divers shop-signs bearing announcements in attempts at English.
Page 210 - Shinto lives not in books, nor in rites, nor in commandments, but in the national heart, of which it is the highest emotional religious expression, immortal and ever young. Far underlying all the surface crop of quaint superstitions and artless myths and fantastic magic there thrills a mighty spiritual force, the whole soul of a race with all its impulses and powers and intuitions. He who would know what Shinto is must learn to...
Page 294 - Tori-kami at the headwaters of the River Hi in the land of Idzumo. At this time a chopstick came float in.; down the stream.
Page ix - They sometimes even impart a new sanction to moral truths. Creating wants which they alone can satisfy, and fears which they alone can quell, they often become essential elements of happiness, and their consoling efficacy is most felt in the languid or troubled hours when it is most needed. We owe more to our illusions than to our knowledge. The imagination, which is altogether constructive, probably contributes more to our happiness than the reason, which in the sphere of speculation is mainly critical...
Page 2 - East so much read of, so long dreamed of, yet, as the eyes bear witness, heretofore all unknown. There is a romance even in the first full consciousness of this rather commonplace fact; but for me this consciousness is transfigured inexpressibly by the divine beauty of the day. There is some charm unutterable in the morning air, cool with the coolness of Japanese spring and...
Page 9 - Pacific could not contain what you wish to purchase. For, although you may not, perhaps, confess the fact to yourself, what you really want to buy is not the contents of a shop; you want the shop and the shopkeeper, and streets of shops with their draperies and their habitants, the whole city and the bay and the mountains begirdling it, and Fujiyama's white witchery overhanging it in the speckless sky, all Japan, in very truth, with its magical trees and luminous atmosphere, with all its cities and...
Page 81 - A moment, and my eyes, becoming more accustomed to the darkness, begin to distinguish outlines; the gleaming object defines itself gradually as a foot, an immense golden foot, and I perceive the hem of a golden robe undulating over the instep. Now the other foot appears; the figure is certainly standing. I can perceive that we are in a narrow but also very lofty chamber, and that out of some mysterious blackness overhead, ropes are dangling down into the circle of lantern light illuminating the golden...
Page 60 - Blame never us!" The demons cast down the heaped-up towers, They dash the stones down with their clubs of iron. But lo! the teacher Jizo appears. All gently he comes, and says to the weeping infants: " Be not afraid, dears! be never fearful! Poor little souls, your lives were brief indeed! Too soon you were forced...
Page 7 - ... more accurately at the first essay. To find one's self suddenly in a world where everything is upon a smaller and daintier scale than with us a world of lesser and seemingly kindlier beings, all smiling at you as if to wish you well a world where all movement is slow and soft, and voices are hushed a world where land, life, and sky are unlike all that one has known elsewhere...

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