Japan Day by Day, 1877, 1878-79, 1882-83, Volume 2

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Houghton Mifflin, 1917 - Japan
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Page 239 - We shall see a little of the life of old Japan; I shall add a great many specimens to my collection of pottery; Dr. Bigelow will secure many forms of swords, guards, and lacquer; and Mr. Fenollosa will increase his remarkable collection of pictures, so that we shall have in the vicinity of Boston by far the largest collection of Japanese art in the world."— Japan Day by Day.
Page 419 - The stem is a mass of lead, in the side an oblong strip of pearl is introduced; and at the end, surrounding the hook, are strips of stiff paper (fig.
Page 332 - In mountain regions bulls are used to drag ploughs, and cows are used in softer ground so that boys can do the work.
Page 375 - The samisen, too, is made to form an important auxiliary, for all kinds of sounds are evoked from it — crescendo, sobs, abrupt notes and weird notes — by running the fingers up and down the string while vibrating it (fig.
Page 436 - ... judgments of superficial observers, they are the most childlike in their national character, the easiest to move to laughter, the readiest to be touched to tears, the most absolutely true in their impulses, and the most generous in their applause. I love the men of America because their bearing toward the women is the finest chivalry I have yet seen anywhere, and I love the women because they can preserve an unquestioned purity with a frank and natural manner, and a fine independence of sex.
Page 260 - I visited the artist Bairei to employ him to make a copy of a picture he had painted for Rokubei, the potter, illustrating the process of pottery-making. I found Mr. Bairei, who is a teacher, in the midst of a class of pupils, who were busy with their work, all on the floor with their copies in front of them, many of them being boys of twelve or younger. Some of the older pupils, he told me, had been with him for ten years.... The pupils come... every day except...
Page 414 - The absence of rhythm in their walk is noteworthy, as with our people even school-children keep step in walking. One realizes at once that the Japanese never dance together as we do. The waltz, the polka, and other oldfashioned dances requiring absolute rhythm in...
Page 187 - Put on all the red and gold you can" is the order, as told to me by one agent, and the haste and roughness of the work, which is exported to America and Europe, confirms to the Japanese that they are dealing with people whose tastes are barbaric.
Page 353 - I have met several times, came to bid me good-bye, as the father is soon to return to Korea. The son speaking Japanese we got along quite well until I tried to ask the father if he had anything Korean of no particular use to him to give me for our Museum. This was more than I could say in Japanese and after floundering for a while I sent out for a Japanese friend to interpret. He said he would see if there were any articles in his room. Last night eight different articles were given to me, all Korean...

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