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