1st Edition

The Heart of Japan (Routledge Revivals)
Glimpses of Life and Nature Far From the Travellers' Track in the Land of the Rising Sun

ISBN 9780415742238
Published May 17, 2015 by Routledge
346 Pages

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Book Description

This collection of commentaries and reflections on Japanese culture, first published in 1904, was written shortly after the return of two English aristocrats from five years spent immersed in the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. Their intention through these anecdotes – some humorous and charming, others tragic and thought-provoking – was to offer glimpses into the "real inner spirit of the native life," and to provide insights into the remarkable idiosyncrasies of Japanese society during a period of unprecedented change.

Touching on such diverse topics as sport, religion, music, censorship, drama and bathing, The Heart of Japan will be of particular interest to students of Japanese, as well as to those intrigued by cultural difference and exchange.

Table of Contents

1. Kono Hito And The Prayer Pump  2. O Toyo San  3. Our Landlord  4. The Honourable Bath  5. The August Departure  6. The Guest Who Could Not Go  7. The Obedient Bed  8. One Who Won  9. Thinking In Japanese  10. Bo Chan  11. O Jo Sama  12. Happy New Year  13. "Chits" And Perdition  14. The Censor And The Crafty Editor  15. Bobby  16. Playhouses, Players, And Plays  17. "Music"  18. Blossoms Always In Bloom  19. Sings Of The Times  20. Bows And Ballots  21. The Flowers Of Tokio  22. In The Kindergarten Days  23. In Trade  24. Diving Belles  25. Amongst The Gods  26. On The Earthquake Plan  27. Missionaries And Missionaries  28. Gilded With Old Gold  29. And So He Became A Saint  30. Kade And The Repeaters  31. Kade Would Adventure  32. What Happened to Allen  33. The Sportsman in Japan  34. The Father Of The Village  35. The Theft Of The Golden Scale  36. The Kanji  37. The Reverence Of Kato

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