Image from page 340 of "Old and new Japan" (1907)
Title: Old and new Japan
Year: 1907 (1900s)
Authors: Holland, Clive, 1866-1959 Smyth, Montagu
Publisher: London : J.M. Dent & Co. New York : E.P. Dutton & Co.
Contributing Library: Northeastern University, Snell Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Northeastern University, Snell Library
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oduction and design bear no impress ofmechanical work, but of personality—must have elementsof an artistic nature woven into it. Thus it is that onefinds the pleasures of even the common people in Japanare of an artistic nature. Almost all the public holidayssynchronise with flower festivals. The Viewing of theCherry Blossom in Tokyo is a Japanese Bank Holiday,for example. From morning till night huge crowds ofcommon folk, as well as of the upper classes, throng thelong avenue of cherry-trees at Mukojima, along the leftbank of the Sumida-gawa, gazing at the wealth of exquisiteblossom silhouetted against the deep blue April sky. Thereis, however, no disorder, no struggling, and no special forceof police (as with us) make their appearance to control thepressing multitude. This world of the workers gazes at thetrees, goes into raptures over the beautiful blossoms, drinkstea, and eats sweetmeats in family parties at the chaya(tea-houses) and restaurants, rejoices with the smallest child
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■I A MOONLIGHT SCENE, THE SIMPLE AND DECORATIVE BEA1 TOF WHICH TYPE OF SUBJECT HAS APPEALED TO SUCCEEDINGGENERATIONS OF JAPANESE ARTISTS. THE ART OF THE JAPANESE RACE 241 there ; and then goes quietly home imbued with a sense ofbeauty, and refreshed in mind and heart, as the night windcommences to stir the trees and shakes down a nacre-coloured carpet on the earth beneath them. At the end of the avenue most will have paused towhisper the pathetic legend which relates to the tiny templeor shrine, erected on the spot where the body of Mmewakawas found by a priest after this child of noble family hadbeen stolen by a slave merchant in the tenth century. Thestory tells how, after roaming the kingdom in search of herlittle one, the mother came at last to this spot, and foundthe people lamenting over a tiny grave beneath a willow-tree ; and upon inquiry she learned it was her own childthey were mourning, and how, during the night whichfollowed, her lost son appeared to her in hTs ghostlys
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