Excerpt from Lotus: Special Holiday Number in Memoriam James A. McNeill Whistler; December, 1903
A few years ago, there arose a question among Japanese art critics in Tokio, as to what is the true color of night. Some paradoxical persons said white, others, silver; but a finish was given to the argument by the late Rinjiro Taka yama, Professor of Literature in our Tokio University, who asserted that night could never be correctly represented without the use of some tone of blue.
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