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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...which they lay upon the matted floor. We get into our own sleeping-bags--sheets sewed up in the form of capacious sacks--and retire between two of these wadded futons, our heads upon a third rolled up and shoved into our private pillow-cases. The pillow of Japan is an impossibility, a block of lacquered wood topped by a sausage-shaped cushion and placed beneath the neck, reminding one of a headsman0s block. We soon reduce the performance of going to bed to a science, knowing just how to have the futon laid to avoid the draughts that blow through every crack; and after a few nights on the floor we began to find the floor quite good enough for tired travelers. A few days later, after a long journey up into another range of mountains, we reach Ikao, an interesting healthresort, a place of hot baths and hotels and steaming gutters of boiling mineral water. Our hotel, they tell us, is "uptown, " and in Ikao this is no indefinite direction, for a glance at the main thoroughfare resolves all doubt as to which way to turn. It is one giant stairway bordered by bathinghouses. We mount this abrupt avenue, where at every corner we trip over the network of steaming bamboo pipes which conduct the boiling waters to distant bathing-places. We glance in at the doorless front of the public bath-houses, and there see men and women in a state of nature being gently parboiled, the sexes separated by a bamboo railing-for bathing-laws are much more strict than in the early days. We turn into narrow alleys and there find early risers sousing themselves and their lacquer dishes and their babies in the seething gutters, for in these mountain towns there are gutters of running water, hot and cold, for the free use of the people. After observing one...
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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236990897
  • 9781236990891