Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings (Classic Reprint)

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In an exceedingly interesting article on the early study of the Dutch in Japan, by Professor K. Mitsukuri, the author has occasion to refer to the uncle of one of the three famous Japanese scholars who translated into Japanese a Dutch book on anatomy. He says this uncle "Miyada was almost eccentric in his disposition. He held it to be a solemn duty to learn any art or accomplishment that might be going out of the world, and then describe it so fully that it might be preserved to posterity." The nephew was faithful to his uncle's instructions, and "though following medicine for his profession, he took it upon himself to learn 'hitoyogiri,' - a certain kind of music which was well-nigh forgotten, - and even went so far as to study a kind of dramatic acting."

Though not animated by Miyada's spirit when I set about the task of collecting the material embodied in this work, I feel now that the labor has not been altogether in vain, as it may result in preserving many details of the Japanese house, - some of them trivial, perhaps, - which in a few decades of years may be difficult, if not impossible, to obtain.

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Thanks to the activity of a number of students of various nationalities in the employ of the Japanese government, and more especially to the scholarly attache's of the English legation in Japan, much information has been obtained concerning this interesting people which might otherwise have been lost. If investigators and students would bear in mind the precept of Miyada, and seize upon those features in social life - forms of etiquette, games, ceremonies, and other manners and customs which are the first to change in any contact with alien races, a very important work would be accomplished for the future soci ologist. The native Japanese student might render the great est service in this work by noting down from the older per sons, before it is too late, the social features and habits of his own people as they were before the late Revolution. Profound changes have already taken place in Japan, and other changes are still in progress. As an indication of the rapidity of some of these changes, reference might be made to an interesting me moir, by Mr. Mcclatchie, on The Feudal Mansions of Yedo; and though this was written but ten years after the revolution of 1868, he speaks of the yashiki, or fortified mansions where dwelt the feudal nobles of Japan, as in many cases deserted, ruined, and fallen into decay; and he describes Observances and manners connected with the yashiki, such as etiquette of the gates, exchange of yashiki, rules relating to fires, etc., which were then obsolete at the time of his writing, though in full force but a few years before.

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Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com

This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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