Recollections of Japan; Comprising a Particular Account of the Religion

Recollections of Japan; Comprising a Particular Account of the Religion : Language: Government: Laws and Manners of the People: With Observations on Th

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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. 1819 edition. Excerpt: ...the mansion, are square, and appear to be dug out like wells. The descent into them is from a gallery projecting from theback of the hguse, _at the end of which there is always a stone bath, for theconvenjenee of bathing every evening. One-part, of the garden is; paved, with round stones or large-pehhles, nomnsrrc GARDENS. 115 do not want them; but they have fire, in little neat chafing dishes; the poor people on the hearth. The Japanese have no-furniture. The floor is covered with clean and handsome-mats, over which they often lay carpets or cloth for company. Arms of different kinds, porcelain vessels, and curiosities adorn the inside of the houses. The walls are 'in the arrangements. In the centre runs an alley or walk; whilst flowering shrubs, many of them rare and valuable, are disposed in parterres, forming an agreeable variety on all sides. In some places, especially at the corners, there-are small rocks, or little bills in imitation of nature, ornarnented with birds, or with brass figures of beautiful insects, and butterflies. Often a little river is led to flow from the top of the rock with a gentle murmur; and the whole is executed with a delicacy of perfection that leaves nothing to be wished for by those who can be content with the efibrts of art to aid nature in a flower garden. Generally close to those artificial rocks are little clumps of flowering shrubs, thickly planted, to effect a close shade;-and there are often considerable ponds filled with fish, and bordered by deep foliage. ' In all the arrangements, the Japanese gardeners give a preference to trees which are old, distorted and deformed. These they suffer to grow without pruning, often allowing them to enter their chambers; except in regard to more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236992261
  • 9781236992260