Our Life in Japan

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Chapman and Hall, 1869 - Japan - 428 pages
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Page 205 - Japan. received a final sponging over from his attendant, and then proceeded to challenge. This consisted in placing a hand on each thigh, just above the knee ; then stooping slightly, lifting each leg in turn, at the same time raising the hand, and replacing it with a loud smack, as the foot came sharply to the ground. In this way they went on slowly and deliberately in front of each other for about a minute. Then, keeping their hands still on their thighs, they squatted on their heels face to face,...
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Page 29 - My friends!" Immediately an unearthly chorus of wails answered the poor wretch from his friends outside the walls, none of whom could be seen from the interior. This was followed by " Syonara" (goodby), and by a deeper and more prolonged wail from the crowd outside.

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