Japan in History, Folk Lore and Art

Japan in History, Folk Lore and Art

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...of Matildaville, on the Potomac, planned by Washington as a city, once gay with elegant ladies and gentlemen, populous with workmen, slaves, and rich proprietors, and promising wealth with its mills, river-dam, and canal, but now unknown to history or gazetteer, and visited only by tourist or picnic parties. So Kamakura is given over to quiet country life, and all that tells of the great Yoritomo is a simple obelisk tomb on the top of a knoll. Yet such was the splendor of these old days that the Japanese of to-day fires his imagination as he visits the shady groves and hill-passes. Poet and novelist still delight to locate the scenes of their romances amid the pagoda shadows, and spectacular splendors, and processions of the Kamakura of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The artist, also, has his own way of picturing the glories of the place, and the prosperity attending the rule of Yoritomo. Hokusai, the great artist, who died only a few years before one of Commodore Perry's ships, the Macedonian, grounded off Kamakura, has in one of his albums a famous picture of the cook on the drum. In European art, the symbol of peace is a white dove, an olive branch, a lamb, a flower-grown cannon on the neglected battlefield, a radiant maiden, or an angel in glistening white robes. In the art repertoire of Japan, it is a crowing cock standing on a drum raised in air. This is what we may call the aesthetic resurrection of a custom long dead, and known only in history. We are reminded that long ago, in Kioto, by the emperor Kotoku (645-654), the custom was established, and afterwards copied in Kamakura. A wooden drum stood on a post in front of the office of the magistrate. Whoever was oppressed or maltreated, and wished to present a petition for redress, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236489160
  • 9781236489166