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My Japanese Year

Excerpt from My Japanese Year It requires no small amount of courage to attempt to add anything to the voluminous literature on Japan with which the world is already burdened. The number of foreigners who have lived in this country - be their stay ever so short - and have not tried to write something about it is not large, and it is quite a distinction to belong to their group. However, an Englishman residing in Japan really does find himself surrounded by sights and sounds both new and strange, and the present writer was much encouraged by reading in one of Carlyle's essays that "the stupidest man, if he will be brief in proportion, may fairly claim some hearing from us." This would almost seem to allow the present writer to enter in, and here is an account, which he has tried to make faithful and "brief in proportion," of intimate experiences among one of the most picturesque and interesting nations of the world. The writer has lived over three years in Japan, a time all too short for the development of a complete understanding of a people so different from ourselves, especially by one who understands so little of the language as he does. He is therefore anxious to avoid the appearance of posing as an authority on things Japanese, and seldom makes any attempt to be profound. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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