Japan Today

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J. B. Lippincott Company, 1904 - Japan - 323 pages
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Page 80 - One of the justices must attend at the chambers of the court, from ten o'clock in the morning until four o'clock in the afternoon...
Page 34 - O stranger, whosoever thou art, and whatsoever be thy creed, when thou enterest this sanctuary remember that thou treadest upon ground hallowed by the worship of ages. This is the temple of Buddha and the gate of the Eternal, and should therefore be entered with reverence.
Page 110 - The five worst maladies that afflict the female mind are : indocility, discontent, slander, jealousy, and silliness. Without any doubt, these five maladies infest seven or eight out of every ten women ; and it is from these that arises the inferiority of women to men. A woman should cure them by self-inspection and self-reproach. The worst of them all, and the parent of the other four, is silliness.
Page 57 - May The rain it raineth every day; All the rest have thirty-one, Without one blessed gleam of sun, And if any of 'em had two-and-thirty They'd be just as wet and twice as dirty.
Page 211 - When my father was a child he heard his old grandfather say that his grandfather saw a total eclipse of the sun. The earth became quite dark, and shadows could not be seen ; the birds went to roost, and the dogs began to howl. The black dead sun shot out tongues of fire and lightning from its sides, and the stars shone brightly. Then the sun began to return to life, and the faces of the people wore an aspect of death ; and as the sun gradually came to life, then men began to live again.
Page 146 - In one corner of the space destined for the accommodation of the faithful was a low writing-desk, at which sat, or rather squatted, a lay clerk, armed with a huge pair of horn spectacles, through which he glared, goblin-like, at the people, as they came to have their names and the amount of their offerings to the temple registered. These latter must have been small things, for the congregation seemed poor enough. It was principally composed of old women, nuns with bald shiny pates and grotesque faces,...
Page 16 - First, the infancy of the race, extending from prehistoric times into the third century of the Christian era; secondly, the period of Chinese culture, beginning with the alleged introduction of letters in the year 284, and continuing for fifteen centuries; and, finally, the period of European culture, which began, as has been already noted, so recently as 1854. Until this modern epoch introduced the Japan of To-Day, the educational influences had been directed wholly by Buddhism. " All education,"...
Page 275 - I could not help thinking how he imitated his Master. I saw a prime minister of the empire, heads of departments, and officers of various ranks, whose personal and official importance I sometimes did, and sometimes did not, realize, coming to find out from Mr. Verbeck matters of knowledge or to discuss with him points and courses of action. To-day it might be a plan of national education; to-morrow, the engagement of foreigners to important positions ; or the dispatch of an envoy to Europe ; the...
Page 198 - I am tired of her. I ask no better than to leave her. What will you give me for doing so ? ' The priest asked what he would take. The fox replied, naming certain cakes and other things, which, said he, must be placed before the altar of such and such a temple at 4 pm on such and such a day. The girl was conscious of the words her lips were made to frame, but was powerless to say anything in her own person. When the day and hour arrived, the offerings bargained for were taken by her relations to the...
Page 197 - He is coming! He is coming!' she would cry, as a fit of the fox drew near. 'Oh, what shall I do! Here he is.' And then in a strange, dry, cracked voice, the fox would speak, and mock his unfortunate hostess. Thus matters continued for three weeks, till a priest of the Nichiren sect was sent for. The priest upbraided the fox sternly. The fox (always, of course, speaking through the girl's mouth) argued on the other side. At last he said, 'I am tired of her. I ask no better than to leave her. What...

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