The Independent Volume 109

The Independent Volume 109

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: not drawing from his pure imagination; all is as true to reality as Whistler; nor are his ultramarine blues, his flaming crimsons and scarlets, his fiery yellow other than the reminiscence of many a noonday or sunset. You can go to both mountains and seashore in this country at one and the same time. You can breathe the lighter and cooler air of four or five thousand feet, and yet at your feet will be the blue of the ocean or the Inland Sea. There is nothing quite like it in the world. For some reason, quite inexplicable, the Western mind invariably associates the idea of primitive simplicity with that of the Orient. To bring together into one picture electric fans, electric washing-machines, kimonos, chop-sticks, and electric curling-irons requires the overcoming of several habits of years. To be sure, the men and women still carry fans, wear kimonos, and clogs--I should like to myself in hot weather--and above all on a sweltering day with high humidity I should like to raise the kimono and expose legs and thighs to any chance breeze, and the clogs are a wondrous improvement on shoes when streets are wet, as they always are here. But it does bring a feeling of unreality to see as many electric fans in Tokyo as in New York, or an electric washing-machine in a peasant's cottage. For Japanese life is quite as complex as our own, but with a difference. In a little baker's shop, quite open to the street, Oriental in all its obviousness, they will be kneading the bread in a fashion approved in Kokomo or Harrisburg. A saffron-sailed sampan, highpooped, taken, it would seem, from a Japanese print of four hundred years ago, will be equipped with a most business like two-revolution gas-motor marine engine. The rickshaw man, with a costume...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 730g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236930177
  • 9781236930170