Things Japanese: Being Notes on Various Subjects Connected with Japan for the Use of Travellers and Others

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J. Murray, 1902 - Japan - 545 pages
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Page 260 - For he who fights and runs away May live to fight another day ; But he who is in battle slain Can never rise and fight again.
Page 275 - To pace the ground, if path be there or none, While a fair region round the traveller lies Which he forbears again to look upon ; Pleased rather with some soft ideal scene, The work of fancy, or some happy tone Of meditation, slipping in between The beauty coming and the beauty gone. If thought and love desert us, from that day Let us break off all commerce with the muse : With thought and love companions of our way, Whate'er the senses take or may refuse, The mind's internal heaven shall shed her...
Page 497 - But how sweet the Japanese woman is ! — all the possibilities of the race for goodness seem to be concentrated in her. It shakes one's faith in some Occidental doctrines. If this be the result of suppression and oppression, — then these are not altogether bad. On the other hand, how diamondhard the character of the American woman becomes under the idolatry of which she is the subject.
Page 259 - I know," says SIR EWEN CAMERON, late Manager of the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank in Shanghai, "of no people in the world I would sooner trust than the Chinese merchant or banker For the last twenty-five years the bank has been doing a very large business with Chinese in Shanghai, amounting, I should say, to hundreds of millions of taels, and we have never met with a defaulting Chinaman.
Page 39 - X, which rest on the ridge of the rcxtf like a pack-saddle on a horse's back, — to make use of a Japanese writer's comparison. The logs which kept the two trees laid on the ridge in their place have taken the form of short cylindrical pieces of timber tapering towards each extremity, which have been compared by foreigners to cigars. In Japanese they are called katsuo-gi, from their resemblance to the pieces of dried bonito sold under the name of kalsuo-bushi.
Page 253 - The people of this Hand of lapon are good of nature, curteous aboue measure, and valiant in warre ; their iustice is seuerely executed without any partialitie vpon transgressors of the law. They are gouerned in great ciuilitie. I meane, not a land better gouerned in the world by ciuill policie. The people be verie superstitious in their religion, and are of diuers opinions.
Page 329 - Japanese subjects shall, within limits not prejudicial to peace and order, and not antagonistic to their duties as subjects, enjoy freedom of religious belief.
Page 498 - ... others, to upbraid others, to envy others, to be puffed up with individual pride, to jeer at others, to outdo others, — all things at variance with the " way " in which a woman should walk.
Page 105 - When the fishing ground is reached, the master lowers his twelve birds one by one into the stream and gathers their reins into his left hand, manipulating the latter thereafter with his right as occasion requires.
Page 40 - To this description of Sir Ernest Satow's, it should be added that fences were in use, and that the wooden doors, sometimes fastened by means of hooks, resembled those with which we are familiar in Europe rather than the sliding, screen-like doors of modern Japan. The windows seem to have been mere holes. Rush-matting and rugs consisting of skins were occasionally brought in to sit upon, and we even hear once or twice of " silk rugs " being used for the same purpose by the noble and wealthy.

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