The Japan Review; A Herald of the Pacific Era Volume 4
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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...biographica' sketches and annotations, and later placed an exact copy in the Library of Congress. The book, entitled "Townsend I-Iarris, First American Envoy in Japan," was translated into Japanese and was made the basis of this new play I have spoken of, written by the famous dramatic author and critic, Kido Okamoto. The leading actor of the capital, Koshiro, was able to achieve from the Japanese version of the biography. and from a portrait of Mr. Harris in the legation at Tokio, a notably fine and exact "make up." After the onset of the passionate mob, the play tells of an elaborate conspiracy of able but un In the Japanese view, could nobility of character go farther? Could moral grandeur and tender sympathy receive further expression? Yes! For now, when the girl is friendlcss and in the depths of despair, yes, even on the verge of insanity, the great man, Harris, goes to O Mitsu's father. He intercedes in her behalf and smoothes the way to parental reconciliation and to the old social status. Finally, when, owing to the assassinations, incendiarisms, and attacks on the legations, all the foreign Ministers strike their flags and leave the capital to be under the guns of their war vessels at Yokohama, Townsend Harris remains in Yodrlo keeping the Stars and Stripes flying. The immense success in Tokio of this drama, combining human and political interest, and recalling so vividly the sences of sixty years ago, undoubtedly rests upon the literary ability of Kido Okamoto. linked to the histrionic skill of the star actor, Koshiro, with faithfulness to the background of native emotion, local interest and familiar topography. Yet as a manifestation of Japan's international friendship, it is a significant event...
- 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
- 13 Sep 2013
- Illustrations, black and white