In Bamboo Lands [Japan]

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Merriam Company, 1895 - 381 páginas
 

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Página 363 - They to their grassy couch, these to their nests, Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale. She all night long her amorous descant sung; Silence was pleased: now glowed the firmament With living sapphires; Hesperus, that led The starry host, rode brightest, till the moon, Rising in clouded majesty, at length, Apparent queen, unveiled her peerless light, And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw.
Página 341 - Japan, published in 1872, he directed that "henceforth Education shall be so diffused that there may not be a village with an ignorant family, nor a family with an ignorant member.
Página 174 - Suinin (BC 2 of the popular chronology), his brother died. All his attendants were buried alive round the tumulus in a standing position. For many days they died not, but day and night wept and cried. The Mikado, hearing the sound of their weeping, was sad and sorry in his heart, and commanded all his ministers to devise some plan by which this custom, ancient though it was, should be discontinued for the future. Accordingly, when the Mikado himself died in AD 3, workers in clay were sent for to...
Página 48 - O stranger, whosoever thou art, and whatsoever be thy creed, when thou enterest this sanctuary remember that thou treadest upon ground hallowed by the worship of ages. This is the temple of Buddha and the gate of the Eternal, and should therefore be entered with reverence.
Página 237 - As each cormorant is now taken out of the water, the master can tell by its weight whether it has secured enough supper while engaged in the hunt ; failing which, he makes the deficiency good by feeding it with the inferior fish of the catch. At length all are ranged in their due order, facing outwards, on the gunwale of each boat. And the sight of that array of great ungainly sea-birds — shaking themselves, flapping their wings, gawing, making their toilets, clearing their throats, looking about...
Página 235 - ... foolish, helpless way, with its head and swollen neck erect. Thereupon the master, shortening in on that bird, lifts it aboard, forces its bill open with his left hand, which still holds the rest of the lines, squeezes out the fish with his right and starts the creature off on a fresh foray — all this with such admirable dexterity and quickness that the eleven birds still bustling about have scarce time to get things into a tangle, and in another moment the whole team is again perfectly in...
Página 166 - wave-men," that is, wanderers, fellows without a lord and without a home. This was in the month of April, 1701. So far the first act. Act two is the vengeance. Oishi Kuranosuke, the senior retainer of the dead Daimyo, determines to revenge him, and consults with forty-six others of his most trusty fellow-lieges as to the ways and means. All are willing to lay down their lives in the attempt. The difficulty is to elude the vigilance of the government. For mark one curious point : — the vendetta,...
Página 334 - The whole work of the foreign missionary societies has been little more than a " vast expenditure of energy, time, and money to no real purpose," and I am satisfied that traditionary beliefs, the little " godshelf" in every home, and the claims of race overmaster all outside influences. No Oriental race has ever yet been converted to Christianity, but God bless whoever tugs at the attempt! To return to Buddhism — the same afternoon we went to Chion-in to see the unique ringing of the great bell,...
Página 234 - There are, to begin with, four men in each of the seven boats, one of whom, at the stern, has no duty but that of managing his craft. In the bow stands the master, distinguished by the peculiar hat of his rank, and handling no fewer than twelve trained birds with the surpassing skill and coolness that have earned for the sportsmen of Gifu their unrivalled pre-eminence. Amidships is another fisher, of the second grade, wrho handles four birds only.
Página 350 - Studios, three below stairs and three above, are precisely such chaste and pure apartments as a scholar would choose for the abode of learning. By way of an example in the other direction, we may take the Banqueting Hall, a room of magnificent size (540 sq. yds.) and noble proportions, its immense...

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